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    Progressive lenses for riding

    Switching from Trifocals to progressives. First couple weeks great but can not currently ride. Is anyone else riding with progressives? Just received some blended bifocals intended for riding/skiing but the blend line is larger then lined bifocals. Been riding with lined bifocals for both skiing and biking for three four years. Shocked at the progressive working so well for normal use. Contacts/surgery not an option and major brands(smith, oakley,tifosi, maui jim, etcc not viable with +4.5 prescriptions most stop around +3. Any experiences out there?

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    I have used progressives for say a decade--try not to ride with the newest pair but the pair older just to keep them decent-----have had no issues--but mine are progressive bi-focals--not tri-focal----Have you asked the optomitrist? That large blend line makes one wonder if the lab did a good job or not. I also cannot use those brands and do not use a inexpensive lab--costco--lens crafters--walmart etc.

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    progressive is probably best way to go.. Lines have a very distinct zone of distortion and cause image jump when an object crosses between lens zones. Blended round bifocals use a round segment and distortion is in an arc. Also the blend zone is wider since the idea was to hide the sharp visible line. Blended are more about aesthetics than optics.
    A good wide zone progressive will give you a very smooth transition from distance to near. You will lose a bit of width of field in the mid-range but while riding it probably would not be very much noticed.
    Higher powers are tough in any sort of wrap sunglasses. Plus lenses are thickest in center and thin out at the edges. Too thin of an edge makes them break or not stay in the frame. Add to that a curve in the frame and it is nearly impossible to keep the lenses in a frame for a high plus Rx..

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    Iíve been living and riding in progressives for about 8 years. No real problems. Iím a fan of prescription Oakleys though they need to be fitted right. The cost is high but as long as your prescription isnít changing, it seems worthwhile to me.


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    Thanks for the replies. Going to put a progressive lense in a pair of ray ban daddy o's. That frame is suppose to work well with high rx.

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    I've been wearing and riding with advanced progressives for quite a while. What I do is, whenever I buy a new pair for normal life, I switch the old pair to my riding glasses. No issues.
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    I'd say you guys are damn brave TBH. Curious how "blind" you are that you find you need to have this ability when riding? Just ask as I'm at the stage where last check up a couple years ago they were trying to get me to change to similar, said absolutely no way - for riding you only need to be able to see sharp from about 8ft and out. I can still see close fairly well, just have to adjust the closeness a bit, but good enough to be able to read the bike computer on the handlebar etc. without issue.
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    Progressive, and progressive sunglasses, in particular, changed my life. It's terrific to be able to see my watch, bike computer and the trail.

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    for me it is about the change of light. Riding out in the open, then switching to a forest covered trail or the sun setting I have a hard time picking up the line so i switched to wearing glasses for the first time in my life. 48 yrs old. the progressive helped enormously.
    for skiing, the area where i ski is known for bad lighting. and light powder, so there's that.

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    Thanks for the reply, just short of 50 myself. You're talking about the glasses that change from clear to tinted when you go into the sun? Thought this was about progressive lenses, as in combining near and far sighted prescriptions into one lens, or at least that's what I'm talking about. My thoughts were I like the tech and imagined myself looking through the wrong part of the lense, just when it was not good and sticking my front wheel on something, or something along those lines.

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    for me it is about the change of light. Riding out in the open, then switching to a forest covered trail or the sun setting I have a hard time picking up the line so i switched to wearing glasses for the first time in my life. 48 yrs old. the progressive helped enormously.
    for skiing, the area where i ski is known for bad lighting. and light powder, so there's that.
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    Yes, progressive lenses helps me with the lights change. "transition" aka clear to tinted lenses are on my list, but i was told to get used to the progressives first. I've had them for about a year now. Hitting shade all of sudden was difficult for my eyes to adjust quickly, I couldnt pick up roots or rocks or small change in direction of the trial. The progressive lenses helped me with that. Riding helped immediately, but it took some adjustment when i drove. I did go to a specialist, one of their focus is working with active outdoor types.
    I don't wear them all the time as i still have decent vision.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LyNx View Post
    Thanks for the reply, just short of 50 myself. You're talking about the glasses that change from clear to tinted when you go into the sun? Thought this was about progressive lenses, as in combining near and far sighted prescriptions into one lens, or at least that's what I'm talking about. My thoughts were I like the tech and imagined myself looking through the wrong part of the lense, just when it was not good and sticking my front wheel on something, or something along those lines.
    Not sure how much you know about advanced progressive lenses, but everything is in focus no matter where I look. I don't think I can look thru the wrong part of the lens. However, my main reason for wearing them when riding is: if I need them for normal life, why wouldn't I need them for riding? I wish I didn't that's sure, but I can't wear contacts due to my eye shape. Speaking only for myself here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheGweed View Post
    Not sure how much you know about advanced progressive lenses, but everything is in focus no matter where I look.....
    Definitely not true. Near stuff isn't in focus looking through the tops and distant stuff isn't in focus looking through the bottoms. Looking left and right in the middle is a bit wacky.
    Do the math.

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