Prism in pairs of progressive power lenses

Atchison, David A. & Brown, Brian (1989) Prism in pairs of progressive power lenses. Clinical and Experimental Optometry, 72(4), pp. 123-133.


The off-axis prismatic effects (prism) of five types of progressive power lenses were measured on a modified vertometer. The lens types assessed were the Essilor (Hoya) Varilux II, the American Optical Truvision Omni, the SOLA Graduate, the Rodenstock Progressiv R, and Zeiss Gradal HS. Conventional flat top bifocal lenses were also assessed. Progressive power lenses have smooth changes of prismatic effects, free of sharp "jumps" associated with bifocals. Differential prism of progressive lens pairs matched for power mainly result from a failure of some manufacturers to design for individual right and left lenses. This failure can produce up to 1.0Δ vertical and horizontal differential prism. We recommend that reduction of differential prismatic effects be carefully considered in future progressive lens design.

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ID Code: 4777
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: The contents of this journal from 1998 to 2005 can be freely accessed online via the journal’s web page (see link). For more information or for a copy of this article contact: David A. Atchison
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Keywords: bifocals, prism, prismatic effect, progressive power lenses, spectacle lenses
ISSN: 0816-4622
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > OPTOMETRY AND OPHTHALMOLOGY (111300)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1989 Optometrists Association Australia
Deposited On: 15 Aug 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2009 07:09

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