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Medicated glasses are eyewear, usually recommended by professional eye doctors to resolve various eye problems. Each type is specifically designed to tackle a specific eye problem. It is good if you know the specific mediated eyewear you using and what function it performs. We have listed some of them below.

Single-Vision lenses

Single-vision prescription glasses are used to correct only one visual problem, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. The vision correction component in the entire glass is the same. This means that people who have poor vision at different distances  (far and near) cannot use single-vision lenses.

Computer glasses

The lenses found in computer glasses resolve eye strain, which is caused by prolonged use of computer screens. Computer glasses work with a distance of 20 to 26 inches, which is the most common distance from the screen when people sit in front of their monitor. Most computer glasses have a special coating such as anti-glare or anti-blue to block out blue light radiation and/or reflect the light back from digital devices.

Reading glasses

These are lenses that help improve vision at near usually a reading distance of 40cm. These help make near vision better but give a very blurred vision when used for viewing distant objects. It is important not to wear your reading glasses when moving around as the blurred vision they give can lead to falls. They are meant solely for reading at near only.

Multifocal lenses

These types of lenses are usually designed to be used by people who have more than one visual problem. These types of gasses contain the prescriptions to correct two or more visual problems. Examples of multifocal lenses include:


Bifocals contain two prescriptions clearly distinguished on both lenses of the same glasses. Each lens is split into two sections; the upper one for distance vision and the lower one for near vision. The dividing line between both prescriptions on bifocal lenses is visible when looking at someone who is wearing them. This division could be in the form of a curved line or a straight line


Progressive lenses comprise the three main fields of vision which are near, intermediate and distance. But there is no visible line dividing all three prescriptions. This makes the wearer easily transition when trying to use each prescription as the need arises.

Knowing the type of prescription glasses that you are using is great. However, you should not forget to go for your routine eye exams to detect any underlying eye condition and change your glasses prescription if necessary. Contact us for more information about eyewear prescription, uses and care.