Vision after 40

As people reach their mid to late 40s, they start noticing that fine print is getting harder and harder to read which prompts them to seek a professional help sometimes for the first time in years. Most of the time, there is nothing to worry. As we get older, our ability to focus at near objects decreases which is a normal age related process. The professional term for that is Presbyopia which is the inability to focus on objects near the eye. One usually notices that it is harder to read or use the computer. Wearing bifocals or reading glasses is the most common way to remedy this condition.

Presbyopia is not a disease and there is no cure, though researchers are constantly looking for one. Even if a person has never had vision problems before, he or she will still develop presbyopia.

While symptoms can present suddenly, presbyopia usually occurs over a long period of time. Symptoms include having to hold things at arm’s length to see them clearly, eye strain, fatigue and headaches from near work.

Computer Glasses

To reduce eye strain and fatigue, we carry specialized computer lenses. These glasses are specifically designed for computer use and have special lenses with anti-reflective coating to block unwanted reflections coming off the computer monitor. These lenses are perfect for computer users who spend a majority of their days working on computers. And since three out of four computer users will suffer from Computer Vision Syndrome, computer lenses are a great way to keep your eyesight healthy.

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Reading Glasses

One of the first areas of your life where presbyopia becomes prominent is in your ability to read. There are a variety of styles available, with sleek designs that allow you to carry them anywhere.

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No-Line Bifocals

For many presbyopes, bifocal lenses are a necessity. But it can be difficult to adjust to the harsh line that is found in bifocal lenses. Fortunately, there are no-line lenses, which are also called progressive lenses. No more lines! Just a gradual change in focusing power which allows you to comfortably focus on any distance. Just as in wearing bifocals, distant objects are viewed through the top portion of the lenses, and near objects are viewed through the bottom portion of the lenses. There are many types of progressive lenses out there and we offer them all ! Our experienced optician, Ella will pick the type of progressive that works the best for your lifestyle! If you tried progressives in the past and had a hard time getting used to them. Do not despair! Times have changed and there are progressives that will work for almost snyone! You should try them again!

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Multifocal Contacts

If you need bifocals but cannot stand wearing glasses, you may need multifocal contact lenses. Now you can have all of the benefits of bifocal lenses in the convenience of contact lenses. Talk with our doctor about bifocal contacts and she will recommend the lens that will work for you.

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Monovision Correction

For some of our emerging presybopes we offer another option to glasses, monovision. This is a method of fitting your dominant eye for distance vision and your non-dominant eye for near vision. Contacts are available in disposable, extended wear, and even daily disposable lenses to fit your lifestyle. Most patients require 2-4 weeks to make the adjustment from binocular vision to monovision.

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