Are you over 40 and struggling to read small print? You might have presbyopia, a common condition affecting those reaching their 40s. But developing presbyopia when you already need glasses for near sightedness doesn't mean you now need two pairs of glasses. This is all thanks to multifocal lenses, which can take care of both problems, making sure you always see clearly.
Multifocals are a vast improvement on bifocals. Bifocals did correct problems with both near and far vision, but left everything in between a little blurred. In an effort to fix this problem, progressive lenses were developed, which provide wearers with a transition region that allows you focus on distances that are somewhere in the middle. But what creates this effect? Progressive lenses are expertly curved, unlike a bifocal lens, which is sharply sectioned. Because of this, progressive lenses are also called no-line lenses. This makes for not just clearer vision at near and far distances, but also nice, comfortable transitions between the two.
But, you might take some time to adjust to these lenses. While the gentle transition of progressive lenses is more aesthetically pleasing, the focal areas are quite small because the transitional areas also take up room.
Bifocals are still used though; they are used to treat children and teenagers who have a hard time focusing when reading.
Multifocal lenses are most helpful when they're made to work with your exact and unique needs. When you're ready to get yours, make a point to work with a professional you feel comfortable with.
A badly fitted pair of glasses can lead to headaches, eye strain or even nausea. Unfortunately, presbyopia is just a part of getting older. But keep in mind that multifocal lenses can make all the difference.