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PresbyopiaAs people reach 40s, a condition called presbyopia can set in. Presbyopia is the inability to focus on objects up close. One usually notices it is harder to read, see the computer or use their mobile phone. Wearing progressive lenses, trifocals, bifocals or reading glasses is a way to remedy this condition.

Presbyopia is a natural consequence of the aging process. There is no cure, though researchers are constantly looking for one. Even if a person has never had vision problems before, he or she can still develop presbyopia. While symptoms can present suddenly, presbyopia occurs over a long period of time and eventually reaches the point where we have no near focusing ability at all, usually in our late 50s or early 60s. Symptoms include having to hold things at arm’s length to try to see them clearly, eye strain, fatigue and headaches from near work.

Computer Glasses – To reduce eye strain and fatigue, we can prescribe specialized computer lenses. These lenses are perfect for computer users who spend a majority of their day working on the computer. Since three out of four computer users will suffer from Computer Vision Syndrome, computer lenses are a great way to keep your vision clear and your eyes comfortable.

presbyopiaReading Glasses – Single vision reading glasses are a practical option for presbyopes if they have no need for a distance prescription and only need something for reading.  Just slip them on and you are ready to go. There are a variety of styles available, with sleek designs that allow you to carry them anywhere.

No-Line Bifocals – For many presbyopes, bifocal or trifocal lenses are a necessity because they need a distance and near prescription. But it can be difficult to adjust to the line(s)  found in bifocal or trifocal lenses. Technological break throughs have brought us no-line lenses, which are also called progressive additional lenses. No more lines, just a gradual change in focusing power which allows you to comfortably focus at any distance. Just as in wearing bifocals or trifocals, distant objects are viewed through the top portion of the lenses and near objects are viewed through the bottom portion of the lenses.

Multifocal Contacts – If you need progressives, bifocals or trifocals and would prefer to stay in your contact lenses as your primary optical correction, multifocal contact lenses are an option. Talk with your doctor to learn about multifocal contacts.

Monovision Contact Lens Correction – For some of our emerging presbyopes we offer another option in addition to glasses and multifocal contact lenses called monovision. This is a method of fitting your dominant eye for distance vision and your non-dominant eye for near vision with single vision contact lenses. Contacts are available in disposable, extended wear, and even daily disposable lenses to fit your lifestyle. Your doctor will bring up this option if you are a candidate.

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