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Progressive and Multifocal Lenses

If you’re middled-aged and having some trouble reading small print, you may have presbyopia, a common age-related condition that prevents you from clearly seeing near objects. If you already struggle with distance vision, and are later on diagnosed with presbyopia, you won’t have to start carrying and switching between two pairs of glasses. Multifocal lenses let you have good vision always, correcting both issues with just one pair of glasses.

At one point, bifocals were the obvious solution, but they have a major flaw; while they correct problems with both near and distant objects, everything in between is blurred. To fix this issue, progressive lenses were developed. These give you and intermediate or transition part of the lens allowing your eyes to focus on the area between near and far distances. How does this work? Well, progressive lenses feature a subtle curvature, unlike a bifocal lens, which is sharply divided. Because of this, progressive lenses are also called no-line lenses. This makes for not only clearer vision at all distances, but also good transitions in between.

These lenses may take a small period of time to adjust to. Even though the subtle lens curve results in a product that is aesthetically pleasing, the lens’s areas of focus are relatively small, because they all need to fit.

Bifocals aren’t entirely dated though; they are used to treat children and teens who have a hard time focusing when reading.

Multifocal lenses are most helpful when they’re customized to your specific needs. So when it’s time to get yours, make a point to work with a professional you feel comfortable with.

Wearing an incorrect prescription can lead to headaches, eye strain or even nausea. At a certain age, most of us will not be able to dodge presbyopia. But it’s important to know that good, multifocal lenses can make it a lot easier.

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