Vision is a complicated thing sometimes. Some people see well close up, but not so well far away. Others have the exact opposite affliction, and others have trouble in varying circumstances. No matter how your vision is treating you, a regular visit to the eye doctor for an exam is important to assure that you have the best vision you can have. At Richardson Eye Associates in Richardson, TX, our doctors of optometry pay close attention to what is going on with your eyes to determine if it is time for you to consider bifocal lenses.
Who Needs Bifocal Lenses?
While there are some instances where nearsighted children wear bi-focal lenses, primarily it is adults over 40 who wear them. Like many types of eyewear, bifocals have come a long way in terms of fashion. Where they were once known for their distinctive line down the middle separating the part of the lens that the wearer uses to see close and the part they look into to see far away is much less distinctive than it once was. Many styles have three different sections separated by an inconspicuous line that allows the wearer to see close, far as well as mid-range distances. These are good for reading, doing computer work, or seeing far away, such as when you are driving or watching television.
What Happens to the Eyes Past Age 40.
Myopia or nearsightedness is among the most common vision problems in the country, but for most, the progression is fairly straightforward. The board starts getting a bit fuzzy sometime in elementary school, and the child has a series of new glasses until about age 20 when their vision largely evens out, But in some cases there is a second act that occurs around age 40, where they develop a condition called presbyopia, which means they have developed farsighted symptoms in addition to their nearsighted ones. New glasses might not be necessary right away, or the person may want to keep separate glasses for close and far vision. At Richardson Eye Associates in Richardson, TX we will monitor your changing prescription closely in order to determine what will serve you best in the future.