I got into the car and was so pleased that there was very little distortion when viewing out the sides of my glasses. True there is some, which is expected in virtually any progressives prescription, but distance vision is great, near vision is very good (once I get used to it, I'm sure it will be great also), and mid-vision is much better than expected.
I went with some deeper (taller? larger?) frames, and I really think that makes a difference. The shorter, more stylish frames that are so popular today just do not work as well for progressive prescription lenses, in my opinion.
I think I'm going to take my other (more stylish) frames - in which I have no lenses because of all that mess I mentioned a couple of weeks ago - in and have them put in a pair of single vision reading lenses, so that I have an extra pair on hand. Since I do so much close work, it certainly couldn't hurt to have an extra pair, and I think that would help me feel better about those frames.