Single Vision Lenses: Are They a Good Option for You?
Updated: Jun 27
Did you know single vision lenses are the most commonly prescribed lenses? From distance to computer to reading, single vision lenses can address a variety of vision needs.
In this article, I'll review everything you need to know about single vision lenses to determine if they're the right lens option for you.
What are single vision lenses?
Single vision lenses have one power throughout the lens. This is in contrast to progressive or bifocal lenses that have varying power throughout the lens.
Depending on your vision needs, single vision lenses can help you see at the following distances:
Up close – as if you’re looking at your cell phone.
In the distance – as if you’re looking at street signs.
Somewhere in between – as if you’re looking at your computer.
What vision conditions do single vision lenses correct?
Single vision lenses are designed to correct the following:
Who is the best candidate for single vision lenses?
People under the age of 40 often wear single vision distance glasses to see clearly in the distance and use their eye's natural focusing power to see up close.
People over the age of 40 can wear single vision lenses to see clearly in the distance, up close, or at their computer. However, they can only see clearly at one distance with single vision lenses on. Therefore, if they're wearing reading glasses, they can't see clearly in the distance.
As a result, many people over the age of 40 wear progressives. Progressive lenses are the most versatile lens option that allows them to see clearly at all distances without having to take their glasses on and off.
Curious if you could benefit from single vision lenses?
Schedule an eye exam with one of our doctors of optometry today!