Choosing the Perfect Frames for Your Progressive Lenses

If you’ve recently been prescribed progressive lenses by your eye care professional and find yourself unsure about selecting the right frames, you’re not alone. Progressive lenses, which blend your distance, mid-range, and near prescriptions into a single lens, require careful consideration when it comes to choosing the perfect frame. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the essential factors to consider to ensure your progressive lenses provide optimal comfort and functionality. With the right frame, you’ll enjoy the convenience of seamless vision from far to near, all in one stylish pair of glasses.

Understanding Progressive Lenses

Progressive lenses are a modern solution for vision correction, eliminating the need for separate glasses for different prescriptions. With this multifocal design, it’s crucial to select frames that accommodate the unique characteristics of progressive lenses.

Key Considerations for Selecting Frames

To make the most of your progressive lenses, there are several important factors to keep in mind when choosing frames:

  1. Minimal Distance Between Glasses and Eyes: Progressive lenses work best when they are positioned as close to your eyes as possible. Select frames that sit snugly on your nose bridge and close to your face. This ensures that the lenses are aligned optimally with your eyes, improving your field of vision.
  2. Adequate Depth for Reading Area: One of the primary concerns with progressive lenses is the reading area, which should not be cut short. Ensure that the frames you choose offer enough depth from top to bottom, allowing for a comfortable reading experience without any visual restrictions.
  3. Appropriate Frame Shape: The shape of the frame is crucial for progressive lens wearers. Avoid frame shapes that cut off the lower portion of the lens, as this can hinder your ability to see clearly in the reading area. Instead, opt for frames that maintain the full height of the lens.
  4. Proper Fitting Frame: A well-fitting frame is key to getting the most out of your progressive lenses. Select a style that sits snugly on your nose bridge and close to your eyes. It’s essential to ensure that your eyes are centered just above the middle of the lens, allowing enough room both above and below the pupil.

What to Avoid

While it’s important to know what to look for in frames, it’s equally crucial to be aware of what to avoid. Here are some common pitfalls to steer clear of:

  1. Frames that Sit too Low on Your Nose Bridge: it will be challenging to utilize the reading portion of your progressive lenses effectively.
  2. Frames with Insufficient Lens Height: Look for frames with at least 30 millimeters of height from the top to the bottom. Insufficient lens height can restrict your field of vision.

Explore Your Options with Zenni


Now that you’re equipped with these essential tips, check out Zenni’s Progressive Glasses to find the perfect frame that complements your style while maximizing the functionality of your progressive lenses. With Zenni’s progressive lenses, you can enjoy clear vision from far to near in a single pair of stylish glasses, eliminating the need to switch between multiple pairs. Embrace the convenience and versatility of progressive lenses and experience the world with clarity at your fingertips.

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About the Author: Dr. Sophia Moh, OD, ABOC

Dr. Sophia Moh, OD, is an optometrist based in the Bay Area, California. She holds a doctorate from UC Berkeley School of Optometry and has worked in various eye care settings, including primary care optometry, general ophthalmology, community health clinics, and Veterans Affairs. Dr. Moh is dedicated to improving global vision health by making high-quality, affordable eyewear accessible to all. She is also a certified American Board Optician (ABO) and actively contributes to optical education through training and lectures.