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Focusing on Multifocal Lenses

Presbyopia, or far-sightedness, is a common condition that usually begins to affect people who are 40 or older. But developing presbyopia when you already wear glasses for near sightedness doesn't mean you now need multiple pairs of glasses. Multifocal lenses help you see clearly always, tending to both issues with just one pair of glasses.

Before mulifocals, bifocals were the obvious solution, but they were far from all that great; while they help you to focus on both near and distant objects, everything else is blurred. To correct this problem, progressive lenses were developed. These provide wearers with and intermediate or transition region which lets you focus on distances that are somewhere in the middle. Progressive or no-line lenses are a type of multifocal lens made with a subtle curvature across the lens surface rather than a sharp line dividing the two areas of the lens. This creates not just clearer vision at near and far distances, but also good transitions between the two.

But, it can take some time to get used to no-line lenses. Even though the subtle transition of progressive lenses is more elegant, the lens's areas of focus are relatively small, so that there's also room for transitional areas.

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

When the time comes to get fitted for multifocal lenses, make sure it's with an eye care professional you trust. Multifocal lenses work best when properly fitted to your eyes, prescription and line of vision.

Being fitted with a wrong prescription can make you susceptible to eye strain, discomfort and even migraines. Unfortunately, presbyopia is just a part of getting older. But don't forget; multifocal lenses can make all the difference.


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