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Seeing Clearly with Multifocals

If you're middled-aged and beginning to observe some difficulty reading books and newspapers, you might have presbyopia, a common age-related condition that makes it harder to focus on close objects. If you're already a glasses wearer, and are later on diagnosed with presbyopia, you won't need to start carrying and switching between two pairs of glasses. Multifocal lenses, which rectify problems with both near and far sight, allow you to see clearly at all distances with one pair of glasses.

Multifocals are far superior to bifocals. Bifocals corrected problems with both near and far vision, but left middle vision a little blurred. In an effort to create a better product, progressive lenses were made, which provide wearers with a 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 that have a subtle curvature across the lens, instead of an obvious and harsh line separating the two parts of the lens. This provides not only better vision at near and far distances, but also good transitions in between.

Progressive lenses, although better, may require some time to get used to. Despite the fact that the subtle lens curve is more aesthetically pleasing, the focal areas are relatively small because more lens space is used for the transitional areas.

Bifocals are still used though; they are helpful for children and teenagers who experience eye strain, stemming from a struggle to focus while reading.

When you go get fitted for multifocal lenses, check that it's with an eye care professional you trust. Multifocal lenses are most beneficial when they're customized to your eyes, prescription and line of vision.

Wearing an incorrect prescription can leave you with eye strain, discomfort and even migraines. During middle age, most of us will not be able to dodge presbyopia. But it's important to know that the right lenses can make it a lot easier.