Questions and answers on the subject of progressive lenses

When should progressive lenses be recommended?

Progressive lenses should always be recommended when your arms start to get „shorter“ when you are reading, i.e. if your arms are not long enough to hold a book at a comfortable reading distance. You then need a reading addition for near vision that can be optimally and invisibly implemented in the form of progressive lenses.

Progressive lenses are the best solution for vision that is as natural as possible as they allow clear vision at all distances without having to constantly put on and take off your glasses.

 Can I climb stairs as usual when wearing progressive lenses?

Of course. Your adaptation to progressive lenses may initially take some time, but with the excellent wearer tolerance of ZEISS progressive lenses it is very short.

 What aspects should I take into account when adapting to my new progressive lenses?

Most spectacle wearers immediately adapt to Carl Zeiss progressive lenses and only require a short adaptation period. The fastest way is to wear your new glasses constantly and to follow the following tips:

  • Read a text by initially leaving your head relatively straight and then slowly lowering your eyes. You will then have clear vision through the lower part of the lens. If you turn your head to the side, the text slowly becomes blurred. The peripheral areas of the progressive lens can be used for orientation purposes. For sharp vision, look at the text directly.
  • If you raise your eyes again after reading, you will look through the distance zone of the lens and have clear distance vision. Look out of the window and incline your head backwards. The image becomes blurred as you are now no longer looking through the distance zone. Correct your head posture and you will then see clearly again.
  • Look at something in the middle distance, e.g. a computer screen. By slight upward and downward movement of your head, you can initially find the lens zone that corresponds to the distance. After a brief adaptation period you will then automatically look through the correct lens zone.

What is the difference between a progressive lens from Carl Zeiss Vision and a simple progressive lens?

Frequently, the difference lies in the workmanship or in the age of the progressive lens design. While ZEISS progressive lenses are developed and produced using state-of-the-art computing and manufacturing techniques, simple progressive lenses often feature older designs.

This results in differences in wearing comfort and visual quality. Product properties like wearer tolerance and the large clear zones of ZEISS progressive lenses cannot be provided by simple progressive lenses in this form, i.e. the wearer must expect losses in quality and comfort.

What is the difference between progressive and bifocal or trifocal lenses?

Like progressive lenses, bifocals are multifocal lenses. Unlike progressive lenses, however, an exactly defined surface for near vision is ground into the lens and, if required, also a further surface for middle distance vision (trifocal lenses).

Unlike the comfortable progressive lenses, bifocals and trifocals therefore have a visible dividing line between the various zones of vision which, in some cases, can impair the wearer’s vision and appearance.

What is the right lens for use at the workplace (e.g. computer work)?

Traditional reading glasses often do not suffice for the workplace as they allow clear vision within a small radius only.

For relaxed vision at the workplace, we recommend Gradal RD. With these individualised near lenses, you will enjoy maximum visual comfort for all activities in near vision. By incorporating such factors as your natural head and body posture, the distance between your pupils or the shape of your frame, the lenses are individually adapted to your own very personal visual requirements.

What does the Carl Zeiss Vision trademark look like?

The engraving is applied to the front surface of the lens using a non-contact laser process at an exactly defined distance from the optical reference point (top temporal in multifocals). The laser is operated at a wavelength that only allows a very small depth of penetration. This means that the laser marking is visible to the viewer, but in no way impairs the wearer’s vision when he or she is looking through the lens.

How do I clean my ZEISS progressive lenses?

You can read everything about gentle cleaning of your lenses, e.g. the right cloth for clean spectacles, cleaning agents, etc. on our service pages.