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Focusing on Multifocal Lenses

Are you over 40 and finding it more of a challenge to read small print? You might be developing presbyopia, a condition that affects many of those who are approaching middle age. It's one of the harsher realities of getting older, but it's good to know that developing presbyopia when you already need glasses for distance vision doesn't mean you need to start switching between multiple pairs of specs. This is all thanks to multifocal lenses, which correct both problems, making sure you always see clearly.

Before mulifocals, bifocals were the popular fix, but they have a significant disadvantage; even though they help you to focus on both near and distant objects, middle distance is blurred. To fix this problem, progressive lenses were invented, which give you and intermediate or transition region allowing you focus on everything between things like the newspaper and far objects like road signs. Progressive or no-line lenses are a type of multifocal lens that have a subtly curved lens, rather than a noticeable line dividing both parts of the lens. This creates not just clearer vision at all distances, but also smooth, comfortable transitions in between.

Progressive lenses, although better, can require some time to adjust to. While the gentle lens curve results in a product that is aesthetically pleasing, the focal areas are relatively small because more lens space is used for the transitional areas.

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

When being fitted for multifocal lenses, it's crucial that you're treated by an eye care professional you trust. Multifocal lenses are most beneficial when properly fitted to your unique eyes, prescription and line of vision.

Having a wrong prescription can lead to headaches, eye strain or even nausea. Unfortunately, presbyopia is a reality of our bodies' aging process. But keep in mind that multifocal lenses can make all the difference.

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