I am going to leave campus in a few minutes to head over to my eye doctor to get my yearly eye exam. I don't *think* I will have any significant change in my perscriptions... either for my distance vision nor for my reading. We shall see, however (hah, pun intended).
I am not sure how others of you feel, but for me, I do not like "progressive" lenses for my bifocals. I much prefer the traditional style where there is a distinct line demarcating the distance and the reading lenses. A lot of folks like progressive lenses because of the lack of this line, but for me, I find that the "progressive" change is disconcerting to view, and I have a helluva time locating the right spot to view through for BOTH the distance and reading views. With the distinct line, it is much, much easier for me.
Even though a lot of folks get progressive lenses for vanity (I guess they think they look "older" when their bifocal lines show), I think that reason is quite silly. I do not mind the look of the line, and the benefits for me far outweigh the perceived (hah, pun intended again) problems.
One thing I do miss, actually, are the "executive" style bifocal lenses. It seems like they have completely disappeared from the marketplace now. Executive style bifocal lenses were the type where the entire bottom 1/3 or 1/2 of the lens was bifocal (like in the top picture above). To me, the executive style were the most useful because they gave such a nice, wide reading window. The only lined bifocals I seem to be able to find these days are the smaller "section" bifocal like in the second image above. They work fine, and as I stated above, the line is the real benefit. But, I do miss the wider arc of view that the executive style provided.