Multifocal glasses – what is it and how does it work

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Multifocal glasses in Malaysia

What is multifocal glasses

Multifocal glasses, also known as progressive glasses is a type of glasses that consist of different prescription within the same pair of glasses. It helps wearer to see far such as driving and movie clearly as well as near such as reading easily.

It is getting popular in Malaysia. Many professionals and business people use multifocal glasses day in day out because it is really convenient and help them to see clearly.

multifocal glasses is essentially a pair of glasses with multiple prescriptions cater to shortsightedness, astigmatism and presbyopia (cannot read fine prints clearly)

It is useful for people of age 40 and above who have developed presbyopia (cannot see small words clearly) as it consists of reading power. You must have heard of another similar glasses called bifocal, where there is a line in between the lens.

Image below illustrates the difference between bifocal and multifocal. Multifocal come in one single piece without any line, it just looks like a normal glasses, while bifocal has a clear segment.

How does multifocal glasses work

Multifocal glasses, the name is pretty self explanatory, that is multiple focus points. Before we dive deeper into the multiple focus points fact, we need to understand that we need different power or prescription to view object of different distant.

For instant, if your short sightedness is -2.00, you need that power to view very far object. But do you realise that you can actually see computer screen even when you remove glasses? That has validated the point that you only need lower power to see near object.

Thus, multifocal consists of multiple focus points with different prescriptions. This is to cater adequate power for wearer to see object of different distances clearly. The image below illustrates the different level of prescription in the glasses.

structure of progressive lens

From the image, you can see that

  1. The top part is used to see far object
  2. The middle part is used to see intermediate object
  3. The bottom part is used to read book or phone messages

Now, you must be thinking

Why is it so complicated? Why are there 3 parts? Will it be difficult to wear?

You need to understand how the eyes work and where they focus when you look at different objects. Multifocal is designed in such a way is because after many years of research, lens expert find out that when human look at far object, we only see through the top part of the lens. When we are reading, we only see through the bottom part of the lens. And in between, we see through the middle part when we use our computer.

No, you do not need to keep adjusting the glasses just to utilise that part. Your eyes will adjust and fit in well.

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Who needs multifocal glasses?

Anyone with age of 40 and above will start to develop presbyopia. The symptoms of presbyopia are as follow :

  1. Have to remove existing glasses when you read phone message
  2. You extend phone a little further so that the messages get sharper
  3. You put on reading glasses when you read and remove it when you are not reading

Well, if any of these bothers you, you may want to consider multifocal glasses. It provides the convenience for you the see clearly without the hassle of changing or alternating glasses or changing the reading distance.

What to expect when you first started to wear multifocal glasses?

Until this point, you must be curious how does it feel to wear this multifocal glasses? Well, let’s assure you that it is not anything out of the world nor hard to wear.You can now see things clearly at all distances; smartphone fonts do not need to be enlarged nor stretching your hand even further to read.



  • Need to off glasses to read
  • Reading material has to be placed far away
  • Need to lift up the glasses to read WhatsApps
  • Need to bring reading glasses when you go out
  • Look old with all these actions

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  • Able to read clearly without taking off glasses
  • No need to keep adjusting reading material
  • No problem in reading WhatsApps messages
  • Clear vision for work and driving
  • Look like young people without presbyopia

working with multifocal

Every pair of multifocal glasses are customised to cater to respective wearer.

Meaning to say, your friend’s multifocal is specially made for him or her and you will not feel comfortable wearing it.

The multiple focus points are well designed such that the different prescriptions work well with the particular wearer’s eye movement.

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The multifocal lens design is so genius that it caters to the eyeball movement naturally. You do not need to worry about it. Having said so, in the beginning, it does take some time up to a week to get used to the glasses.

Within few days, you will get used to the glasses. You can now talk to your friends or do presentation and read the incoming message clearly without the hassle of removing your glasses or pull it further away. They will not even think that you have reading problem, you can hide you age and look young now!

So how much do a pair of multifocal cost?

A pair of multifocal glasses start at RM659. Of course the premium range can go up to RM1800 or even RM2000. However, not everyone needs premium multifocal. If you’d like to find out more about multifocal price, check out here.

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Types of Progressive Lenses in 2020

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Types of Progressive Lenses: How many types of these eyeglasses are there?Progressive glasses and multifocal glasses are the same. The words are interchangeable in this article.

Intro – Types of progressive lenses

Progressive lens are “multifocal” lenses that offer a smooth progression of several lens powers for very optimised vision across the region. They are usually near distance being at the bottom and far distance viewing at the top part of the lens. You will be able to understand the special characteristics associated with every design by observing how progressive lens are made. Before that, let us introduce the structure or design of a progressive lens.

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There are 4 major parts on the lens.

  1. Green : Distance Vision
  2. Yellow : Intermediate Vision
  3. Red : Near Vision
  4. Blue : Blurred area

When multiple prescriptions are compressed into a single piece of lens, there will be distorted or blurred area (the blue area). Wearer will find that the vision is wavy and distorted. A better design lens has wide yellow area also know as the corridor and less distorted area. At the relax mode, when wearer looks far, the eyes will see through the green area. When wearer is doing desk job such as computer or paper work, he or she will see through the yellow area. Lastly, during reading, the eyes will actually look down instead of the entire head moving down. Point to note: this is actually how our eyes move.

We purposely place different prescription at different position to help the eyes. So the key to comfortable vision depends on the precision of the prescription and the design. Now that we have explained the structure, let us see how one progressive lens varies from another.

Point to note: when we talk about better design, we mean:

  1. Smoother transition from distant power to reading power thus reducing waviness
  2. Wider corridor to allow more stable vision

Traditional progressive glasses

One of the old forms in the types of progressive lenses. This form of lenses makes use of semi-finished lens which will are molded with virtually no cylinder (spherical power) at the front. Instead, the particular spherical power will be added at the backside of the lens. However, this sort of progressive lens are becoming obsolete because it isn’t accurate since there are other better choices available where the specific corridors are narrower (the part of the lenses associated with power that corrects your vision).

Digital progressive lenses

This type of progressive lenses designs gives the most optimum view where the particular wearer’s optical needs are taken into consideration in the designing process. The particular difference between digital progressive and traditional progressive lens is digital’s capability to do custom areas within a lens, tailor to an individual’s needs. Digital progressive lenses make sure that the most precise prescription can be tailored according to a person’s face, plus how do you wear your glasses as well as the position of your eye.


The latest types of progressive lenses are digital free-form type. As long as it is available at the glasses store you visit, the opticians will definitely recommend it because they come along with huge benefits.

  1. Custom made individually
  2. Made exclusively for you based on your eyeball viewing habits and viewing patterns

Think about tailor-made coats that fit perfectly.

These lens are particularly tailored uniquely for one prescription, together with frame sizes and position-of-wear. All the points are designed precisely to result in smooth prescription progression and minimise distortion. Besides, since the same spectacle frames may sit higher on one’s face, and lower on someone else’s, we will need to obtain accurate measurements in order to maximise eyesight comfort and optical experience. Digital free-form progressives glasses also offer broader and much more accurate channels plus corridors, which implies that you’ll have better peripheral vision. Besides this, digital free-form progressives also have the particular technology to decrease the particular blurriness around the edges the peripheral view.

Best Progressive Lenses / Best Multifocal Glasses

In determining which is the best progressive lenses or multifocal, we have to look into few attributes i.e. lens coating, visual field, intermediate vision, reading comfort, distortion and adaptation. In terms of lens coating, Hoya has one of the most durable coating called High Vision Long Life (HVLL). It has extremely good scratch resistance coating and comes with two years warranty. For visual field, intermediate vision and reading comfort, we are talking about the lens design. As the power progresses, clear visual field gets narrower. Thus, to determine which lens is better, we need to factor in these 3 attributes. Same as distortion and adaptation, better lens has better vision stability and easier to wear. So back to the topic, for the best progressive lens or best multifocal glasses, we choose these 3 namely Hoya MyStyle, Carl Zeiss Individual 2 and Essilor Varilux S Series.

Summing up

Progressive lenses may seem complicated and cause the feeling of discomfort. However, expectation can be met with proper explanation and measurement. Progressive glasses make wearing glasses more convenient for wearer. Concerned about the price? You can find out more about the range of progressive lenses here. We have 4 outlets in Klang Valley i.e Subang Jaya SS15, Petaling Jaya SS2, Sri Petaling and Sri Hartamas. Feel free to drop by to understand more about progressive lenses and have a thorough eye check. We are also giving RM50 discount when you make an appointment to visit us.

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Multifocal glasses, want to get a spare pair

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“ I want to get a spare pair for multifocal but not an expensive one ”If this is you, we have solutions for you. Read on to find out more.

Multifocal Glasses

Compared to others who have not tried multifocal before, you have a better understanding on how multifocal work. You should be happy that you’re now used to wearing one, and thanks for willing to try. If you have not tried multifocal or progressive lens, here is a comprehensive introduction to multifocal that helps you to understand the concept better.

structure of progressive lens

progressive lens has different power at different part of the lensBack to the topic, a backup or spare pair that is less expensive. Before we dive deeper in this, let’s determine what factors determine the comfort of a multifocal.

  1. Power difference between reading and distant
  2. Astigmatism
  3. Lens design

As you have experience, you utilize the top part of multifocal to see distant object such as driving and watching movie; you utilize the bottom part for reading such as whatapps and books. All can be done in one single lens, that actualy means the power changes from “far to near”The bigger the power difference, the more it has to progress within the lens. Imagine squeezing 100 power difference and 300 power difference, the 300 one will be less comfortable.Astigmatism is one of the main culprit that cause dizziness, be it single vision (normal glasses) or multifocal. Reason being the nature of astigmatism is actualy cylindrical spheric, meaning the power at a certain angle can be exceptionally high(oblique astigmatism error). Such thing if combine with multifocal can reduce the comfortness.When we talk about lens design, we mean the corridor. As an avid multifocal wearer, you know this more than anyone else that the clear part of the lens is limited to the center. A better design (more expensive lens) will have a wider corridor thus reducing the distortion and waviness.

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how do we tell which progressive lens is better than the other

  1. Frame size

Frame size determine the size of the lens which also affect the overall wearing experience. Larger frame normally has more distortion but this can be subjective too. Bearing all the factors in mind, it makes sense to choose multifocal that is quite close to existing design. If the power and astigmastism remain the same, frame size does not differ by a lot, try to get the lens that is of similar or just one step lower range. Why do we say so?Multifocal is very much about relative wearing experience. Basically there are 4 category (depends on how one optician categorise it or some do not) namely entry, standard, premium and personalised. Entry is good for low power and young wearer below 45 while personalised is especially good for you who want minimal distortion and best wearing experience.Say your current pair is a premium design which you paid more than a grand for that. If you are comfortable with the vision, for your backup pair, it’s not advisable to get an entry level design because it is relatively uncomfortable. You may spend way lesser maybe around RM500 for that but you may not feel comfortable at all. In the end of the day, you did not save for buying a cheaper multifocal, instead, you have wasted RM500 because it does not serve your purpose.However, if you’re current pair is the standard design, getting entry level may be fine because comfort difference is relatively low.There will now be another question that’s in your mind :“why did my optician recommend me a premium design, making me not able to use entry design as a backup?”Please don’t get him or her wrong. When prescribing multifocal, we look into a lot of factors, the 4 mentioned earlier are just few of them. Lifestyle, age, working habit etc need to be taken into consideration. But hey, you’re able to wear that pair comfortably.After reading this post, you are now more informed on how to choose for your backup pair of multifocal. Disclaimer : This is not the only way in choosing multifocal or the absolute way, but rather a comprehensive guide for you to be more informed. Read here for you who first time wearing multifocal.You can also make an appointment for consultation. We assure you to that you’ll fully understand the choices after the consultation. click here to make an appointment with our optometrist

Progressive Lenses Malaysia Guide: What is progressive glasses?

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Progressive Lenses Malaysia Guide: What is progressive lenses? Progressive spectacles eyewear (known as Progressive lenses in Malaysia) are referring to the lens on a prescription eyeglasses that serves to treat short sightedness or long sightedness problems and presbyopia related to old age visual accommodation.

Intro – Progressive lenses Malaysia

Brief introduction, progressive lenses are designed to fix focusing problems that is related to distance, intermediary distance (looking at computer), and close distance (reading a book). This eye problem is common among older people.

#1: The basics of progressive lenses

A progressive lens is a stunning bit of design with science, permitting numerous vision fields to be joined into a solitary lens with no obvious separating line between the fields themselves. The reason progressive lenses are regularly called “no-line” bifocals or trifocals is because the optical “power” of the lenses changes “progressively” from far distance to moderate-near distance and to reading distance. You may consider progressive lenses no-line bifocals, but they are quite different. Progressives make the change between solutions for eyesight much smoother, eradicating that noticeable line between eyewear prescriptions. This innovation causes the wearer to see better in many situations. Read Now: The basics of progressive lenses Malaysia

#2: How do progressive lenses work?

Progressive lenses is also called multifocal lenses that give a consistent progressive change of many lens powers so that the wearer can benefit from clearer vision across more situations. Watching how progressive lenses function is an awesome approach to understand the one of a kind features of each. Read Now: How do progressive lenses work?

#3: Types of progressives lenses in 2017

There are 2 key types of progressive lenses – which are traditional progressive lenses and digital free form progressive lenses. This is the place we will go over what type of progressive lenses are best for what type of eyesight issues. Also, we will mention the various types of individuals and presbyopia sufferers that can wear them. Read Now: Types of progressives lenses in 2017

#4: History of progressive lenses Malaysia

In case you are interested on the history of progressive lenses and are pondering when were progressive lenses created, they go back about 50 years ago. Learn more about who invented progressive glasses, and appreciate the engineering marvel that has helped so many older people see better. Read Now: History of progressive lenses in Malaysia

#5: First time wearing progressive lenses in Malaysia. How long to adjust?

Persistence and consistency is fundamental when initially wearing progressive glasses. At the point when initially wearing PALs, reduce utilizing or even stop using your old glasses or single-vision glasses, as this can slow down the adjusting practice. Wear them however much as could during your daily life. Expect no less than a week for adjusting, and any symptoms of headache or dizzy feeling ought to be reported to your optician. Next, you should permit the optician a chance to examine your progressive glasses for error, as they probably know where the glasses went wrong. Don’t drive until you’re completely adapted to the multifocal glasses… Read More: First time wearing progressive lenses in Malaysia. How long to adjust?

#6: Pros & cons of progressive lenses

Read on if you are pondering if progressive lenses are the right choice for your eyesight issues like presbyopia. See the pros and cons of progressive lenses and understand the strengths and shortcomings of this eyeglasses. Read Now: Pros & cons of progressive lenses

#7: Progressives lenses price Malaysia

The cost of every sort of progressive lenses vary by a large margin. Progressive lenses have a tendency to be more expensive than others since you’re actually getting 3 lenses in 1 single lens. The prices of these glasses are dictated by a few key things, read on to learn the specified components that influence pricing through this guide. To begin, the greatest components for price is the type of progressive lenses you are buying. Read Now: Progressives lenses price Malaysia  
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The Basics of Progressive Lenses – Malaysia

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The basics of progressive lenses:

What is progressive lens? :

Progressive lenses is also known as multifocal are a type of optical lenses used to correct short sightedness and reading problem within the same lens. It can be fitted on any type of glasses frame, essentially turning it into progressive glasses.

Who needs progressive lens? : 

Progressive lenses are cater to people with presbyopia (老花), which is a common symptom among people from 40 years old and above who start to experience difficulty in reading. Progressive glasses provide convenience to wearer such that all ranges of vision are clear ie far (driving), intermediate (computer work), near (reading) with a single pair of glasses.

Why is it good? :

Simply because progressive glasses provide convenience to wearer. Whether you want to

  1. read the documents
  2. use the laptop
  3. read whatsapps messages
  4. see the GPS while driving
  5. cooking
  6. casual reading
  7. read menu to order food

progressive glasses or multifocal will help you to see everything clearly. It doesn’t matter if you have short sightedness or long sightedness, this glasses is suitable as long as you want to solve the vision problem.

How Much Does It Cost : 

The price of the progressive glasses depends on 3 things

  1. Brand : better brand means better quality lens and more durable
  2. Thickness : like every other lens, thin lens are more expensive than standard lens
  3. Vision stability : progressive lens has different structure compared to normal lens, and lens that is more comfortable to wear will be slightly more expensive. Scroll to the bottom to read more about how progressive lens work.

Generally, for beginner wear between age 40-50, progressive glasses is priced between RM700 to RM1500.

For more complicated prescription or age more than 50, we recommend better lens that priced between RM1500 to RM2000.

In the process of prescribing progressive glasses, we will perform detailed eye test, understand a lot about your lifestyle, and find out what vision problem you have.

We then help you to find the suitable frame and explain about how the lens work to set proper expectation.

What to expect when you first started to wear progressive glasses?

Until this point, you must be curious how does it feel to wear this multifocal glasses? Well, let’s assure you that it is not anything out of the world nor hard to wear.You can now see things clearly at all distances; smartphone fonts do not need to be enlarged nor stretching your hand even further to read.


  • remove glasses to read small words such as SMS/whatsapps
  • extend newspaper to arm length distance
  • driving vision is blur
  • have to bring reading glasses every time you go out


  • able to read SMS/whatsapps without taking off glasses
  • read newspaper at comfortable distance
  • can drive with clear vision
  • a pair of multifocal is all you need


If you are interested to find out more about progressive glasses, continue to read about it below.

How progressive lenses work?

What are they? Progressive lenses are also known as Progressive Glasses / Progressive Lens Glasses with the function whereby the prescription distance normally starts on the very top part and will steadily increase in strength as the region looks down.

structure of progressive lens

From the image, you can see that

  1. The top part is used to see far object
  2. The middle part is used to see intermediate object
  3. The bottom part is used to read book or phone messages

Simply put – Just imagine 3 sets of lenses associated with one lens, 3 in 1. Just as if you needed to change 3 pairs of glasses for 3 different scenarios, but now it is combined without ever having to change your glasses.

So, should you get a pair of progressive glasses? Let’s look at the pro and cons

Pros :

  • No longer need to bring additional pair of glasses to read small prints
  • More convenient with just a pair of glasses that you can keep wearing
  • Solve all the unclear vision situations

Cons :

  • Longer adaptation period at the beginning

 Info Summary

Progressive glasses is one of the best solutions to solve reading problems and suitable for daily usage. There may be few people who have bad experience with it but this type of glasses have provided convenience to a lot of people. 

If you want to know more, kindly consult our opticians. We will give thorough explanation with complete eye test for you. To book for consultation and eye check, kindly fill in the form below

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How do progressive lenses work? Malaysia glasses guide

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How do progressive lenses work? Read this guide and find out whether its good or not before you buy progressive lenses in Malaysia.

Previously in this Malaysia glasses guide, we learnt what is presbyopia and the cure for it is using progressive lenses technology. But what is meant by progressive lens glasses? How it works? And at the end, what is the progressive lens price in Malaysia?

Intro – Progressive Lenses

Presbyopia is a common old age problem because the crystallised lens behind the cornea simply cannot flex or squeeze itself during focusing in near reading distance.

So to counter that, we will need a lens for near range focusing, essentially a lens for reading, then when we look far, it will be blur! So now you’ll either remove your glasses or change to a pair of reading glasses, troublesome!

Presbyopia happens to everyone when we get old.

How do progressive lenses work
How do progressive lenses work

How do progressive lenses work?

What is meant by progressive glasses? A progressive lens is an amazing product of engineering, allowing a number of vision fields that can be incorporated directly into one piece of individual lens, with no borders or lines of variation within the fields themselves.

The specific power inside the lenses “progressively” changes from far to moderate-near for your full reading power. For this reason progressive lens are usually often called “no-line” bifocals , trifocals or more popularly known as multifocals.

An individual should think of progressive lenses like no-line bifocals or multifocal lenses. The general idea is that progressive lens consist of two distinctive prescription ie for distant which is located slightly above the center of the lens and reading at the bottom of the lens.

Progressive technology make the transition between the two prescriptions on lens much smoother & softer. Otherwise we will end up with bifocal where the transition is not smooth and we have a line separating the two prescriptions.

This technology helps you see much better in more instances as well as intermediate object such as computer work and speedometer in car.

Progressive lenses help you feel more natural looking from far to near!

What is meant by progressive glasses

Progressive lenses let several eyesight vision fields merge into just one lens. So rather than a cut and paste of several lenses, this technology “progressively” changes distance (far range), suitable for medium distance viewing range (like driving), and the close distance (reading range).

Summing up

Progressive lenses can work wonders for many Malaysians living in the digital age. When a person is wearing a progressive lens glasses, they generally described the experience as one glasses that solve all the problems.

So if you want to find out more about cost and style of progressive lenses or other details, please do not hesitate to come try on our range of eye care glasses products that are stylish and being paired by a professional eyewear stylist at Pott Glasses Malaysia!

If you’d like to find out whether this lens is suitable for you, feel free to make an appointment for consultation.

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First time wearing progressive lenses in Malaysia. How long to adjust?

First time wearing progressive lens

How long to adjust to my new multifocals? This is a burning question among Malaysians that want to know “How first time wearing progressive lenses feels.”

If you’re wearing progressive lenses for the first time, the info here will help you adjust to your new pair of glasses.  As a first time user of progressive lenses, you will get to learn info about these glasses.

for who, for what, how it looks, how to adjust and get used to progressive lenses

When should you use progressive lenses?

To recap, progressive lenses are commonly used to provide conveniency presbyopia sufferers (reading issue) without having the trouble to keep interchanging between reading glasses and regular glasses.

To answer who needs progressive lenses or who ought to get this sort lenses in one short sentence isn’t conceivable. These progressive glasses help with such a large variety of situations and provide huge convenience.

The vast majority could gain benefit by a bit of “support” in close vision, up to a point one can become dependant on it because it can have amplification effect on words during reading. Hence, most specialists would not prescribe progressive glasses, withholding up until the point that presbyopia has started within an individual.

First time wearing progressive lenses

You don’t need to suffer from a serious condition to exploit the innovation pumped into designing progressive lenses. In the event that you need to keep putting on and off reading glasses, progressive glasses could be the solution.

Now you can follow these 4 simple steps to quickly get used to wearing progressive lenses for the first timers.

Steps to get used to progressive lenses

As a first time user of progressive lenses, follow these steps to quickly adjust your eyesight and get used to wearing progressive lens glasses:

  1. First thing first, be open minded and acceptance of the progressive lens. The optician must have explained how progressive lens being designed, thus it’s important to accept the idea.
  2. When you first put on the progressive glasses, look far away. Make sure that the distant vision is sharp.
  3. Then look down by turning your eyes instead of tilting your head. You should not feel much distortion. In fact, you’ll realise that the small wordings on phone or book are now sharper than ever. Congratulation, you have utilised the reading area of the glasses. Repeat this up and down eye movement to gauge the prescription of respective distance.
  4. You may then look to the left and right to acknowledge the blurred vision. Do not do it too fast as you may feel giddy or headache. Peripheral visions are distorted and it takes time to get used to it.
  5. After you are comfortable with the points, you may now walk around with the glasses, and also try taking staircase. This is for you to try out the depth perception. Until you’re confident with glasses, you may then try wearing it for driving.
  6. Regular wear. Wear them as regularly as you can and abstain from wearing different glasses (particularly your old glasses).

One of the main reasons people like progressive glasses is that he or she does not need to keep switching between reading glasses and a regular one or taking it on and off, which not only troublesome, it is also a sign of presbyopia sufferer. We all want to look young and to be perceived young, thus a pair of up to trend progressive glasses is definitely the way to go.

Here are some additional tips when wearing progressive glasses

  1. Practice the 2020 rule. Take 20 seconds to look at something far away after 20 minutes of intense reading or computer time.
  2. Look straight, for everything especially computer time, phone time, or reading time. In case you’re working on a PC, alter the seat level and adjust the height of your screen to give you straight view.
  3. Specialists suggest turning into a “head-turner” rather than an “eye-mover” when wearing progressive lenses. Don’t roll your eyes so much! Try not to look through the sides of the glasses too, as (peripheral) side vision through progressive lenses are distorted.

Summing up

It may take some time to get used to progressive glasses, but once you get used to it, you will enjoy the convenience. If you’d like to know more about progressive glasses, feel free to make an appointment to visit our outlets.

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Pros & Cons of Progressive Lenses

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Pros & Cons of Progressive Lenses and Multifocal – WHAT are they?  HOW do they work? Now that you know more about presbyopia & progressive lens glasses, it is time to know the pros and cons of progressive lenses. Progressive glasses and multifocal are the same, so the words are interchangeable in this article.

Pros and cons of progressive lenses and multifocal

Whether progressive lenses are the better alternative for you, you’ll need to look at these favourable circumstances. With progressive lens glasses or multifocal lenses, you don’t need to take them off when changing from doing things, for example, working on a PC whole day, and after work when you go out driving, you face a problem to need to change to ‘driving glasses’. Do you see parents or older people keeping a set of glasses in their car for driving? Common!

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  • No need 2 pairs of glasses for reading and driving. 1 pair all-in-one glasses is enough.
  • More convenient, get to choose one very stylish pair of progressive lens glasses instead of two. Now you don’t need to bring two glasses out!
  • Start wearing progressive glasses at younger age of 40-45 helps in adaptation. As the age goes up, you may find it harder to learn how to use progressive glasses.

Now let’s see the cons…

Older people like parents keep a pair of glasses in car for driving, now no more with progressive lens glasses!


Regardless of the possibility that you work or don’t work on a computer so much, nowadays you still have smartphones. As long as anything with a LCD or LED screen means it can be harmful to your eyes.

In this way, you need the one-size-fit-all remedy. Progressive lenses or multifocal lenses can merge all the focal power you need into one single lens, like ordering a pizza with 3 different flavours put into 3 sections.

A few issues with progressive lenses happen when using the stairs. Since the lens power for reading correction is at the base, the stairs may appear like they skip a step.

Nothing to worry, adjusting to your progressive lenses will take the most two weeks, soon the inconveniences ought to vanish. If for some reason you cannot feel comfortable with progressive lenses, fret not because this is when bifocal lenses are going to be your solution. Not the end of the world.

  • Curve distortion. Bottom part of lens for reading, so when go up staircase, might seem like skip a step
  • Initial restricted head movement. You may need to learn to find the exact focus point for distant, intermediate and near vision. Fret not, once you get used to it, you’ll be fine. After all, optician/optometrist should locate the point according to your habit, allowing these points to naturally fall into your eyes.

Remember, progressive lenses eyewear is the solution to presbyopia

Summing up the pro and cons of multifocal glasses

There is no one perfect glasses. While multifocal helps you to see far and near with just a pair of glasses, you have to bear with the distortion. However, rest assure that the once you are used to the distortion and know how to go around with it, you’ll actually enjoy the vision more than being disturbed by the distortion. When it comes to making decision whether or not to get multifocal (progressive glasses), you may want to see how troublesome it is to bring reading glasses along and how not being able to read clearly affect your daily life.

There is also multifocal glasses with less distortion and easier to wear. To find out more about different types of multifocal, read here.

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Progressive lenses price in Malaysia

Prices of progressive lens in Malaysia

Note : Progressive lens and multifocal lens are the same thing

The progressive lenses price in Malaysia can vary a lot due to many factors.

In this article, you will know how progressive eyeglasses look like, and you will know the what factors affect the price of progressive lenses and how to choose one that suit you.

But first, we have tabulated the price of progressive or multifocal glasses price for your reference.

entry level
for first time wearer

Ideal for reading

Suitable for age 45 and below

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for complex power

Good balance

Suitable for avid wearer

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for versatile usage

Easy adaptation

Wider visual field

Ideal for active lifestyle

the best version

Customised to lifestyle

Best visual field

Perfect for all activities


How do progressive lenses look?

Progressive lenses appearance looks like normal lenses on glasses. Trained optical technicians, general opticians and optometrists can identify the difference of them.

Yet even though they may appear like any additional lens, there are several big differences that distinguish them from one another. Progressive glasses come equipped with multifocal lenses that is used to correct distance, near view and intermediate view.

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The view after wearing progressive lenses. Progressive lenses price in Malaysia

The majority of progressive lenses have laser beam etchings within the lens that are virtually invisible towards the wearer and may only be spotted by experienced opticians.

These laser etchings inform the optician of the associated added power which are

  1. The strength needed to correct for reading,
  2. Particular area of the distant power, intermediate power and additional power,
  3. Lens material,
  4. Manufacturer of the specific lens,
  5. Design of the lens

What determines the progressive lenses price in Malaysia?


The material utilised for your glasses will likewise decide the cost.

Standard Plastic lenses are thicker, heavier, less scratch-proof and are not guaranteed to be non-shatterable.

Polycarbonate lenses are slightly more expensive. These glasses are more slender, lighter, and more strong than plastic, suitable for half frame or rimless glasses.

Glass lenses are slowly phased out due to its heavy weight. However, there are wearers who love glass lens because it is clearer compared to others.


Coating Coating is the core protective layers of the lens. It makes the lens more scratch resistant so that it can last longer.

Besides, coating also provides other function for the lens such as UV reduction. A better quality lens has coating that does not peel off easily. This is important as we do not want it to lose the function due to peeling off.

Functional lens

You may have heard of transition lens that change color under the sun, or computer lens that helps to protect the eyes from harmful blue light. These are additional features of lens that can cost more than ordinary lens.

Thickness or Index

Index has no unit, and it’s used to reflect the thickness. In simpler form, you may call it category or group. Generally there are 4 indexes ie 1.56, 1.61, 1.67 and 1.74. The higher the index, the thinner the lens is.

Most important part : Design of progressive lens (also known as the grade of the lens)

When we mention design, it does not mean the physical shape of the lens, not that one is round and another is square. You can read more about design of progressive lens here. Basically a better design lens will give you smooth power progressive so that distortion and waviness is minimised.

Here are the attributes that we will look into :

  • Wide visual fields
  • Wide corridor
  • Comfortable reading
  • Stable vision
  • Easy to adapt

To illustrate the design, let’s look at the picture below:

different types of progressive lens malaysia

One thing to notice is the profile of the transparent vs gray area.

The transparent is the sharp area of the lens, while the gray area is the blur area (in actual lens, it looks just transparent, the gray here is purposely colored to highlight the blur area)

Transparent = sharp and clear

Gray = blur and distorted

The larger the transparent area, the clearer the vision is.

Now, when you wear progressive or multifocal glasses, do you want to have more clear vision or more distorted vision?

Obviously everyone wants sharp and clear vision. That is why, wider/premium design is more comfortable to wear, and because of the technology involved, it is more expensive.

So, which on suit you?

Although wider designs are better, not everyone needs wide design. After all, it is more expensive! If you are just about to try progressive or multifocal glasses, you can start with entry level. It will cost about RM659 for one complete pair. If you want to upgrade from your current pair, then wider design will give you a better wearing experience.

At the end of the day, go with your budget and get what suit you most!

To sum up on progressive lenses price in Malaysia

So the most compelling question: how much does a pair of progressive glasses cost?

Here at Pott Glasses Malaysia, we always recommend to start with something of medium range and beyond. For medium range we are looking at RM659 for frame and lens, and the premium on can go up to RM2000. It is not so much of being particular about the exact range of lens, rather the design that suit your lifestyle.

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History of progressive lenses in Malaysia

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Let’s ponder upon the history of progressive lenses. When were progressive lenses engineered? They go back in history once upon a time when older people generally can’t see near distance. But before that, a small intro on the uniqueness of these glasses and what are they for. Progressive lenses are glasses mainly made for presbyopia sufferers. This is to relieve their symptoms and achieve normal lifestyle.

History of progressive lenses by Pott Glasses Malaysia

History of progressive lenses by Pott Glasses Malaysia

History of progressive lens

The main patent for a progressive lens was conceded to Owen Aves with a 1907 date. British Patent 15,735, Aves’ patent incorporated the progressive lens outline and the assembling procedure. In any case, this was not at all like present day progressive lenses. It comprised of a conelike back surface and a round and hollow front with contradicting axes so as to make a change in power. This outline was never commercially marketed. Bernard Maitenaz first patent protected them in 1953. It only appears in the eyewear business until 1959, with the name” Varilux”. The brand has a place with the Essilor International, a standout amongst other makers of restorative lenses out there.

First design in the history of progressive lenses

The first progressive lens configuration had the an extreme wide viewing range power at the top and base region, with the tightest being in the center which was once an ideal vision. In any case, with the current state in high tech innovation and individuals utilizing PCs and mobile phones on the rise everyday, the original engineering of these lenses were never going to suit today’s demands for those that spend more energy utilizing the middle channel. So progressive lenses had a makeover. Particular office progressive lenses and computer lenses began to be more popular amongst advertisers. Regardless of having been first advertised in the 1950s, new engineering designs of progressive lens spectacles keep on appearing.

Later patterns in the history of progressive lenses

The first ever type of progressive lenses was Varilux. Initially, Varilux progressive lenses were outlined on the premise of daily eye movements and visual needs, offering ideal vision at any range. The eye travels and transitions come easily. Normally, from the near vision zone to the medium vision zone and then through the far vision zone. Comparatively, current innovation took into consideration numerous different lenses to end up noticeably identical to Varilux. Carl Zeiss progressive lenses ended up becoming known as the best and truly outstanding product on the planet. Hope we have given a good understanding on history of progressive lens. In the next article, we will examine closely the looks, design, and shape. Keep reading to know how do progressive lenses look like!

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