How do progressive lenses work?



Is it really happening?

Presbyopia often shows up when we reach the age of 45. We notice it to our own surprise – and frustration – when we have trouble reading.

Messages, books, fine print on packaging. We suddenly have to make strange forward and backward head movements to get a sharp view of things that are about arm's distance.

Presbyopic. Now what?

At some point - happy or not - we have to admit that we are getting older and therefore see worse.

Ordinary reading glasses

Reading glasses are necessary and bring solace. But the mental barrier to wearing such glasses is great: the association with figures from our childhood who permanently wore half-glasses on their noses and looked at us from above, the aversion to the old-fashioned look of such a gem, the fear of appearing old. We feel your pain.

But reading glasses are no longer what they used to be. There are a lot of trendy, lightweight reading glasses on the market that don't look like the doomsday scenarios. You can even see reading glasses as a stylish fashion accessory that fits seamlessly with your look.

The most important thing is a good and regular measurement of your eye. At least every year. Because your eye undergoes subtle, almost imperceptible changes. When you recognize those small adjustments and allow the strength of your lenses to evolve with them, you will immediately experience more comfort in your daily activities.

Multifocal glasses

You may have been wearing glasses for years. Either to see well in the distance, or for closer. And now you also need one to keep things sharp from a reading distance.

Just the thought of constantly changing glasses, struggling in the supermarket, museum or at work may give you nightmares.

Until recently, however, there was the solution: multifocal glasses. Glasses with lenses divided into different zones: a zone for far vision and a zone for reading. The zones are subtly cut into the glass so that it is not noticeable that the glasses are 'adapted' to presbyopia.

But the reality remains difficult, because multifocal glasses also have many disadvantages. Perhaps one of the biggest of these is: not getting the medium-range sharp – such as the dashboard of your motorcycle or car, your bicycle GPS or your computer screen. The experiences with progressive glasses are therefore very mixed, although many people accept the disadvantages they experience with progressive glasses, simply because there was no alternative until recently.

A surgical procedure

Then go under the knife, some think. And it can. You can have a new, 'multifocal' lens implanted in your eye, which includes a zone to see 'far' and a zone to see 'at reading distance'.

But even this solution – regardless of the cost and the risks – offers no solace for the medium distance that you so often need as an active citizen.

Technology as a solution: Morrow autofocal glasses

Morrow was created because we believe we can do better.

We believe that active people who combine two diopters (far or nearsightedness with presbyopia) should not have to resign themselves to the lesser comfort of multifocal glasses, or to the cumbersome switching of glasses.

Moreover, we are concerned about the unsafe situations that arise: not seeing the dashboard well, not being able to estimate the distance of stairs properly because that part of your glasses was sharpened to 'reading position'.

We believe that technology today is able to provide a solution that combines comfort, ease of use and style. And with Morrow we demonstrate this.

How do autofocal glasses work?

A piece of smart technology has been discreetly incorporated into autofocal glasses. With the push of a button in your frame you switch your autofocal glasses to 'reading mode'. The rest of the time you have a wide field of view, suitable for viewing into the distance and at medium distance, without annoying 'zones' or distortions.


The lenses of Morrow glasses contain a layer of liquid crystals, adjusted exactly according to the diopters you need at that moment. By pressing the button in your frame, the crystals change direction and create a 'reading zone' in your glasses. Each pair of glasses is custom printed on a special 3D printer.

Every autofocal glasses start with an accurate eye test at your home. The autofocal glasses provide a much more detailed correction, for which we have developed a special thorough eye test. Our optometrists provide tailor-made advice and a hyper-detailed eye prescription without obligation.

Do Morrow autofocal glasses work well?

Bruno from Sint-Denijs-Westrem is 53 years old and is an independent entrepreneur in furniture upholstery. He is therefore busy every day assessing fabrics and colours, sits in the car very regularly and likes to watch TV stretched out in the evenings.

He has been in need of progressive glasses for about six years, but he couldn't get used to the discomfort. His experience with multifocal: “With my progressive glasses it was difficult to drive, I was no longer able to watch TV while lying down and I had a continuous blurry vision in the bottom of the lenses,” says Bruno.

When he heard about the autofocal glasses, he had an eye test done with Morrow and tried the glasses on. Bruno: “I immediately had a very clear view and a panoramic field of view. In the weeks that followed, I noticed how easy it is to switch on reading mode and read smoothly. Driving a car and looking in the mirrors of the car? No problem. Lying on my couch and watching TV? You turn off the button and have a full view. So as far as I'm concerned: all praise for Morrow's multifocals.”

Always and everywhere an ultra-sharp view?

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