Presbyopia Symptoms and Progressive Lenses
Do you find that your arms are not long enough to read the newspaper? If you are over 40 years of age and find yourself having to hold your reading material further and further away from you, it’s likely time for progressive/multifocal lenses.
Presbyopia is a common eye condition that is usually experienced in the form of blurred near vision when reading, sewing or working at the computer. This may result in the development of headaches, eye strain or tired eyes when performing near work.
Presbyopia is caused by age-related factors which cause a loss of flexibility of the natural lens of the eye making the lens harder and less elastic over time. This condition is easily corrected with eyeglasses of increasing strength as a person ages.
Corrective lens options include reading glasses, bifocals or multi-focal/progressive addition lenses. Where reading glasses are usually worn only while doing close work, bifocals add two points of focus, with the upper portion of the lens allowing for distance vision and and a lower segment providing a different lens power to allow for close work.
Progressive lenses/multifocal lenses allow a more gradual vision transition between the distance and reading prescriptions by adding an intermediate area between the two . Unlike with a bifocal or trifocal lens, there is no line. From the movie screen to the restaurant menu, progressive lenses offer convenience as they eliminate the need for two separate pairs of glasses.
Progressive Lenses are available in high Index lens options. Additional coatings that are recommended for progressive lenses are anti-reflective /no glare coatings. You may also want to consider Transitions for your progressive lens which darken spontaneously outdoors and also provide protection from harmful UVA and UVB rays.
Your lens choice and coatings largely depend on your personal prescription and lifestyle needs so talk to your Eye Care Professional to find your optimal lens solution today.