What is the difference between single and progressive lenses?



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You may have heard of them before, single and progressive lenses. But what exactly is the difference? In this article we would like to explain to you the difference between these lens types so that you know which lens type fits your eye strength.

Single glasses

Single lens glasses are glasses for better near vision or for better far vision. Single-rim glasses for near vision have a plus-strength in the lenses. This allows you to see sharply up close, for example, to read a book. Single glasses for distant vision have a minus power in the lenses. This allows you to see sharply in the distance, for example when driving a car.

So, in the case of single lenses, it means that the lens has only one strength.

Single and multifocal

Multifocal lenses

Multifocal glasses let you see well both from afar and up close. Multifocal glasses combine different strengths in one lens. Depending on where in your lens you look, this allows you to see well at different distances: at reading distance, intermediate distance and far away. Without having to change glasses. Thus, with multifocal lenses (also called multifocal lenses or varifocal lenses) you can see sharply both near and far.

Also read: Difference between display glasses, reading glasses and regular glasses


After age 40, chances are you will have to deal with two strengths in one eye. If you need correction for near and far then progressive glasses may be the solution.

Expert advice

A good optician will ensure a natural progression from plus to minus strength so that you look comfortable.

Your employees are welcome at all Hans Anders stores throughout the Netherlands for the fitting of the right prescription monitor glasses and Seeh prescription safety glasses. Currently Hans Anders employs 4000 qualified opticians and audiologists. So you will always get the best assistance in fitting your prescription safety glasses, sunglasses or prescription monitor glasses.

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