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Progressive lens

12/28/2007

Question:

I have recently acquired a pair of progressive lens. They have many numbers and symbols laser etched into the lens to aid in alignment and to prove authenticity. I find these markings interfer with vision , especially when reading , i can see a small blurry area when looking at text. Can these markings be removed, or filled in. How could the optical industry put marking on eye lenses that affect vision.

Answer:

I recommend returning to the place where you purchased your glasses to ensure that the glasses are aligned properly to your eyes. The markings found on progressive lenses are usually placed in areas of the lens that a person does not usually look out of anyway. Thus, it is more likely that the glasses are not aligned properly to your face and eyes and less likely due to the symbols and numbers etched into the lens. It would be useful for your optician or optometrist to watch as you read something with your new glasses to determine how your head and eye position may be affecting the quality of your vision through your new glasses.

Best regards.

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Response by:

Julia Rae Geldis, OD, MS Julia Rae Geldis, OD, MS
Clinical Associate Professor of Optometry
College of Optometry
The Ohio State University