Choosing Reading Glasses, Bifocals or Progressives for Presbyopia

A natural part of the aging process is presbyopia — farsightedness resulting from a loss of elasticity in the eye lens. Eventually, eye muscles tire out and cannot expand and contract as easily as they used to. The result: the inability to clearly focus on close objects. Things like reading menus, pill bottles or books becomes increasingly difficult.

Depending on your vision pre-presbyopia, you have a few options:

Reading Glasses:

For people who have never needed prescription eyewear prior to developing presbyopia, single vision reading glasses is all that’s required to correct the problem. These glasses will only be required when reading at a close range, as distance vision is not affected.

When someone who has never needed glasses before develops presbyopia, they often purchase pre-fabricated reading glasses from their local corner stores, pharmacies or big box retailers. These glasses come in a few different magnifications, but there is no licensed optician to fit the glasses to the individual or to ensure that the magnification is correct. Without an eye exam and a proper prescription, the wearer will be prone to headaches, eyestrain and nausea from pre-fabricated reading glasses.


For those that required glasses prior to developing presbyopia, many choose to wear bifocals. A bifocal lens has two different prescriptions in one lens, allowing a person to see clearly at a distance and at close range. The bottom portion of the lens corrects vision for close range, while the top portion corrects vision for distance. Depending on preference, there are a few different options for bifocal lens configuration:

  • Half-moon configuration
  • Round segment
  • Ribbon segment
  • Franklin or executive style (seen above)

Your licensed optician can review the different styles of bifocal lenses and help you determine which option is best for you.

Progressive Lenses:
Progressive lens glasses are multifocal, meaning there is a seamless progression from one prescription to the next. Unlike bifocals, there is no hard line (visible or invisible) between the different powers, but a corridor that runs vertically down each lens.

Using progressive lenses cuts down on the image jump that can occur when wearing bifocals, where vision cuts and “jumps” as your eye passes over the line to the other prescription.

Hakim Optical has been committed to providing our customers with fast and simple eye care solutions since 1967. Our expert staff, one-hour labs and low prices combine for a complete experience.

If you’re looking for bifocals or reading glasses, stop by any one of our 161 locations to see the selection that we have available.

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Popular Autumn Frames 

At Hakim Optical, our goal is to help Canadian shoppers find fun, stylish–and even flirty– glasses for every occasion. When Autumn comes around, we’re eager to help our customers find beautiful, functional, and affordable frames to express their own personal style while meeting the timeless essence of the fall. For our 2022 Hakim fall style guide, we want to share a few of our fall frame favourites!


Regardless of your gender, complexion, hair colour, or face shape, these gorgeous BLING frames should be on your go-to fall frames list. Oversized, round, and statement-making screams autumn personality! These gorgeous gold, rounded frames with delicate sparkling arms remind us of the golds and the elegance of autumn. Dress these frames up with a more extravagant outfit for a night on the town, or dress them down with a pair of leggings and boots. Wherever you choose to wear them, you’ll find you’re bringing the beauty of fall into your style.


Bring back the beauty of the autumns of yesteryear with these gorgeous vintage-inspired IVORY frames. These warm-toned, half-gold and half-clear frames aren’t just beautiful and eye-catching, they’re classics! Just like watching a spooky movie or carving pumpkins, these glasses scream “autumn”! We recommend these frames for those who have a vintage aesthetic that they’d like to match, or for those who are ready to set a modern-meets-classic trend. Find your own unique style this fall with these gorgeous IVORY frames or a pair just like them at Hakim Optical!

Fashion and Style Inspiration

Looking for some real-world inspiration on how to style your Hakim Optical frames? Look no further than this section of our 2022 Hakim Fall Style Guide! Some of our friends online are showing us how they chose to style their new glasses, and we must say: they look amazing! Find your fall inspiration here!


Here you can see our friend and brand ambassador Kassandra wearing some of our gorgeous simple rounded gold frames. This look paired with a warm sweater and a cup of tea really bring the fall style together. Kassandra’s styling proves that you can make even the most simple and classic frames an autumn statement piece, especially when you choose warm, soft colours that bring the beauty of the season forward.


Our friend and brand ambassador Justin Walls always knows how to show up looking great! Justin is wearing all neutrals with a pair of traditional thin-framed glasses. With dark frames and large lenses, these glasses are not subtle but they don’t take focus away from his face or his style. In this picture, Justin is showing how to dress in a masculine and stylish way that shows us all how the basics will always be timeless, especially in a fashion-forward season like Autumn!

Sunglasses are for all Year Long!

Just because summer is over doesn’t mean that you should retire the sunglasses! On the contrary, with summer coming to an end, you should invest in a pair of stylish and affordable autumn sunglasses! As harmful UV rays are always present–even through autumn and winter–finding your sunglasses style now is very important. Just ask our friend Kiki (@/KiKiKhosa), who has truly shown the beauty of sunglasses and autumn attire!

Take Advantage of the Newest Fall Sale!

At Hakim Optical, we love a good deal! What’s even better than a good deal, however, is being able to pass on good deals to our loyal Canadian customers. Every season we come up with a way to save our customers money, and with the 2022 Hakim Fall Style Guide in full swing now is a great time to remind our customers what we have to offer!

Save when you buy 4 90-packs of Acuvue Moist Contacts

Contact Lens Sale 

Whether you wear glasses, contact lenses, or a mix of both, Hakim has got you covered with ongoing contact lens sales and promotions! Currently, when you buy 4 90-packs of Acuvue contact lenses, you will instantly save $50. Plus, take advantage of a mail-in rebate for another $40 back!

Looking for the perfect pair of glasses for the fall?
Find your nearest Hakim Optical Store today! 

Hakim Optical has provided Canadians with quality corrective lenses at a value that can’t be beat for over 55 years. Our knowledgeable staff and optometrists are here to help you find an eyewear solution tailored specifically to you. 

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