If you are enjoying being a Baby Boomers; born between 1946 and 1964, you’ve probably noticed changes in your vision. Around the age of forty you will likely notice the effects of presbyopia – the normal, age-related loss of near focusing ability. You will likely benefit from different options needed to correct your vision. You may also experience adaptive behaviors to the new lens options.
Multifocal Contact Lenses
There have been terrific advances in the designs and materials used to correct for different visual demands as a presbyope. Because of limits dictated by laws of optics the vision with a multifocal contact lens prescription may not be as crisp as with a pair of progressive eyeglass lenses. But multi-focal contact lenses offer other benefits not afforded by the glasses, namely improved field of view or being able to slip on a pair of stylish sunglasses. Try multi-focal contact lenses.
Multifocal Eyeglass Lenses
If you are 40 years of age or older, you may have already noticed your “arms aren’t long enough” to see you cell phone text, then it is time for multifocal lenses. You have several options: lined bifocals, lined trifocals, progressive lenses (also called no-line bifocals), occupational single vision, or occupational multifocal eyeglass lenses. The best choice for you can be made with discussions and measurements of your different working distances with the eye doctor. Once the prescription is established based on the distances and lens powers for your specific needs, an optician can help you with the available lens options recommended by the optometrist.
Occupational Bifocal and Trifocals
The best eyeglass lens solutions for your work and play needs are based on your vision needs. It may be a lens with the top part of the lens correcting for your arms length distance use and the bottom segment correcting for your vision needs inside that working distance. This is called an occupational bifocal. The lined trifocal version of this type of correction would include the distance prescription on the top of the lens, an intermediate ribbon for those arms length needs and the bottom segment for near activities.
How Progressive Lenses Work
The progressive lenses include a correction for the different distances from 16 feet and beyond up to 16 inches. They take advantage of a channel in which the power progressively changes from the distance prescription in the top part of the lens down to near prescription in the bottom of the lens.
Over-the-counter reading glasses work well for many people but do not correct for astigmatism and are not made to the highest standards of quality. They can include distortions that lead to eyestrain. Optical quality reading glasses are made with a person’s near prescription. These custom lenses fully correct the vision needs for near or sometimes intermediate distance needs.
Dry Eye After Menopause
Our eyes over time are at a higher risk for developing dry eye syndrome, especially for women. This is related to changes in hormone levels with menopause.