Eye Health

“I Need Help Reading!”

As people reach their mid to late 40s, a condition called presbyopia can set in. The word Presbyopia comes from Latin, translated it means “old eyes.” Presbyopia is the inability to focus on objects near the eye. People usually notice that it gradually becomes more difficult to read small print or use the computer for a long period of time. Wearing bifocals or reading glasses is a way to remedy this condition.

Presbyopia is a natural consequence of the aging process. As a person ages, the lens of the eye continues to grow, adding layers of cells like a growing onion. As the lens gets thicker, it becomes less and less flexible, resulting in increasing difficulty changing shape to focus for near vision. There is currently no cure, though researchers are constantly looking for one. Even if a person has never had vision problems before, he or she may still develop presbyopia. While symptoms can present suddenly, presbyopia usually occurs over a long period of time. Symptoms include having to hold things at arm’s length to see them clearly, eye strain, fatigue and headaches from near work.

Computer Glasses
To reduce eye strain and fatigue, we carry specialized computer lenses. These lenses are perfect for computer users who spend a majority of their days working on computers. And since three out of four computer users will suffer from Computer Vision Syndrome, computer lenses are a great way to keep your eyesight healthy.

Reading Glasses
One of the first areas of your life where presbyopia becomes prominent is in your ability to read. There are a variety of styles available, with sleek designs that allow you to carry them anywhere.

No-Line Bifocals
For many presbyopes, bifocal lenses are a necessity. But it can be difficult to adjust to the harsh line that is found in bifocal lenses. Fortunately, there are no-line lenses, which are also called progressive lenses. No more lines! Just a gradual change in focusing power which allows you to comfortably focus on any distance. Just as in wearing bifocals, distant objects are viewed through the top portion of the lenses, and near objects are viewed through the bottom portion of the lenses.

Bifocal Contacts
If you need bifocals but would like an alternative option to wearing glasses at all times, you may be a possible candidate for bifocal contact lenses. Bifocal contacts provide most of the benefits of bifocal eyeglasses in the convenience of contact lenses. Ask Dr. Veatch if bifocal contacts are an option for your eyes.

Monovision Correction
For some of our presbyopes we offer another option to glasses, by using a special arrangement of contact lens powers called monovision. This is a method of fitting your dominant eye with a contact lens providing distance vision and your non-dominant eye with a contact lens for near vision. Many different contact lenses are available to best match your vision goals and life style. Contact lenses are available as daily disposable lenses, or two week or one month replacement lenses. Most patients require 2-4 weeks to make the adjustment from binocular vision to monovision.