I don’t understand your peripheral vision concern. Your peripheral vision isn’t in focus, anyway.
I got my first pair of progressive lens glasses nearly a decade ago and I’ve never worn conventional bifocals in my life. I got them the same reason as you, I could no longer read the computer screen with my old glasses on, and if I took them off, I had to get within 12 inches of the screen to read it. I hated it.
Now, the progressive lenses were the first pair of new glasses I had gotten in a long, long time. My old glasses had glass lenses, if that gives you a clue. My new prescription corrected not only for my near vision, but a minor, but significant astigmatism as well. I had never had a prescription that corrected for astigmatism.
Anyway, my new glasses were the most expensive and most hated pair of glasses I had ever owned. It wasn’t the progressive part, that was great, but my distance vision was horrible. Sitting still, in bright daylight, it was fine, but driving at night was a nightmare. I couldn’t read road signs until I was right upon them. I went back to the ophthalmologist and she reexamined me. She said that my problem was my astigmatism. Because this was the first pair of glasses that corrected for it, my brain was “rebelling” because it had been correcting and no longer needed to. She said to no longer wear my old pair and my brain would accept and eventually adapt to not having to correct for the astigmatism.
Well, she was correct. In about a week, my most hated glasses became my best-loved ones. I could see better, both distance and close, than I had in years.
Again, I don’t understand your concern about peripheral vision. I’ll admit, my distance correction isn’t as bad as some, -3 to -3.5, but it’s bad enough that without my glasses I wouldn’t even consider driving, or even do anything outside. I get very annoyed wearing a hooded parka in the winter, because of the way it blocks my peripheral vision, but my progressive lenses have never bothered me.
Now, there are different types of progressive lenses. Varilux is perhaps the most well known (and expensive) and that is supposed to matter. I haven’t noticed. Lens shape is also a factor. Those short-wide lenses that are now the fashion seem to not be as adaptable to the progressive treatment as the larger lenses are.
So, how did they work out for me? Great! None of the drawbacks you mention and they fixed my problem. I do take them off for reading in bed, since wearing glasses in bed is hazardous (for my glasses), and sometimes when I need to get a close look at something I’ll take them off, but for everyday working on the computer, reading paper notes and memos, etc…, they’re fine. I’d hate to have to wear the old-fashioned type of bi-focals, and I think I’d go nuts if I had to take off my glasses and get within 12 inches of something just to read it.