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Progressive Lenses at Specs on Bloor in Toronto

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Presbyopia is a normal occurrence that happens as we age, caused by the typically flexible, clear lens in the eye losing its elasticity. When the lens becomes stiff, it is difficult for the eye to change focus between something close up and far away, creating an inability to focus on anything close up.

Presbyopia typically begins to develop in early-to-mid 40’s and can either appear slowly or very rapidly. The most noticeable symptoms of presbyopia are:

  • Difficulty reading fine print
  • Having to hold objects at arm’s length away from the face to see clearly
  • Blurred vision at a normal reading distance
  • Frequent headaches or eye strain after reading or doing close-up work

Unfortunately, presbyopia is a natural part of the ageing process and cannot be prevented or reversed. However, multifocal eyeglasses and reading glasses have made life easier for individuals by providing vision correction for both near and far distances.

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The History of Progressive Lenses

The History of Progressive Lenses

Eyeglasses have humble beginnings in human history, evolving from primitive glass spheres to the elegant eyewear we have today.

In the 17th century, concave and convex lenses were discovered to improve both near and farsightedness, respectively. Eyeglass frames were also created during this time by Spanish, Chinese, and Italian missionaries, using various methods to keep the eyewear on the bridge of the nose.

Benjamin Franklin pioneered the first bifocal glasses in 1794, which he referred to as “double spectacles.” Franklin, who had presbyopia, wrote to his optician, and requested his long-distance glasses and reading glasses be sliced in half and sutured together to form 1 lens for each eye.

As these glasses proved successful, Benjamin Franklin was credited with the invention, but he never intended to profit from it. As with the iron stove, Franklin wanted to make the lives of his loved ones easier.

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Zeiss Progressive Lenses

For over 160 years, ZEISS has stood for better vision. Building upon the company’s optical expertise, which was founded in 1846, ZEISS has since introduced a multitude of optional innovations and has helped millions of scientists, physicists, doctors, and even astronauts go far beyond imaginarily possible to accomplish their goals.

Even today, Carl Zeiss remains committed to ensuring optimal vision. Every eye is as individual as the human fingerprint, and no other sensory organ allows us to perceive and experience our environment as intensively. Therefore, it is especially important for us to fully take this individuality into account during patient consultation and diagnosis and in the production of ZEISS eyeglass lenses.

We offer Zeiss brand progressive lenses so you can feel comfortable receiving some of the highest quality optical
lenses on the market today.


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Taking Public Transit

We are around the corner from the St. George TTC station on the Bloor Line.

Where to Park?

Street parking on Bloor St, Huron St, Bedford Ave & Prince Arthur Ave, underground parking next door at Kimpton Hotel, Green P west on Huron St.

Our Address

268 Bloor Street West
Toronto, ON M5S 1V8

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Hours of Operation

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10 AM3 PM

Please note: our hours of operation are temporary and subject to change due to COVID-19. We are closed on all statutory holidays.

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