As we reach our forties, a condition known as presbyopia can begin to effect our vision. This condition makes it difficult for the eye to focus on nearby objects. Generally people will first notice the onset of Presbyopia while they are reading a book or using the computer, since those activities are performed in close proximity to the eye. Wearing bifocals or special reading glasses is a common way to remedy the problem.
Presbyopia is a natural condition associated with the aging process. There are currently no cures for the condition, but researchers are constantly looking for answers. Even people who go through life without vision impairment can often develop Presbyopia in their later years. While symptoms sometimes come about with little warning, presbyopia usually advances over a long period of time. Symptoms include blurred vision up close, eye strain, fatigue and headaches from focusing on objects near the face.
To reduce the eye strain and fatigue associated with staring at a computer screen, we carry specialized computer lenses. These lenses are the ideal solution for individuals who spend a lot of time in front of a back lit monitor. With CVS effecting up to 75% of all computer users, these special lenses are a great way to relieve the strain associated with screen reading.
One of the first areas of your life where presbyopia becomes apparent is in your ability to read. Anymore, reading glasses are available in a wide variety of styles, so finding a pair that fits your daily routine has become incredibly easy. They even come in sleek designs that allow you to carry them while on the go.
Progressive (no line) Bifocals
For many presbyopes, bifocal lenses are necessary in order to function throughout the day, but adjusting to the harsh line found in traditional bifocals can be difficult. Fortunately there are “no-line” lenses, also known as “progressive” lenses. As the name implies, these lenses avoid the abrupt line that typically occurs in more traditional lenses. Instead, they offer a more subtle gradation of focus. Just as in wearing bifocals, distant objects are viewed through the top portion of the lenses, and near objects are viewed through the bottom.
If you are in need of Bifocals, but don’t like the idea of wearing glasses, you can opt for Bifocal contact lenses instead. In doing so, you receive all of the benefits afforded to those with Bifocal lenses, but without the bulk or appearance of frames. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Ross to find out what opportunities are available.
For emerging presbyopes, there is yet another alternative to glasses – Monovision contact lenses. 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 in order to transition from binocular vision to monovision. Consult Dr. Ross to see if this option is right for you.