My First Reading Glasses: When Your Arms Just Aren’t Long Enough

By the time you turn 40, you’ve reached a distinguished point in your life. Consider everything you’ve accomplished thus far—your career, your family, your great group of friends, your sharp mind, your healthy body. But one day, as you’re reading a newspaper, a book or even a computer screen, you might find that the words in front of you are getting harder to read. You’ll try stretching your arms farther, making the font bigger, and blaming every conspiracy theory out there, but “Denial” is just a river in Egypt.

The Problem

So what’s actually going on with your maturing eyes? It’s called presbyopia. This age-related condition causes the lens of your eyes to become less flexible, making it more difficult for it to change shape. What does this mean for your every day life? Your eyes have a harder time focusing on objects at closer vantage points. And the older you get, the worse it becomes.

The Solution

The first step is admitting that you’re in the early presbyopic stages. This may be a frightening and unwelcoming part of the aging process, but your newfound setback is entirely manageable.

The most common solution is to go to the drugstore and find a pair of magnifiers that make words bigger on a page. But what if you already wear glasses full time? Do you really need two pairs? And if you get bifocals, or even trifocals, won’t squishing the different prescriptions into one lens cause distortion and reduced peripheral vision?

Enter progressive lenses. New digital technology splits the lenses into three different focal points: The top of the lens for distance (while driving, for example), the middle for mid-range sight (like your computer, phone or restaurant menu, for instance), and the bottom for whatever comes into close proximity to your eyes (reading, mostly)

Top of the line progressive lenses—introduced in April 2014—have been digitized to significantly reduce distortion levels and open up all three levels of sight, making your peripheral vision as easy to use as single vision (yes there is more to it, don’t want to bore you too much). The bonus: Unlike bifocals or trifocals, these lenses are easy to get used to because the digital technology is grinded right into the lens and they are invisible, so nobody will be the wiser.

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Let the experts at 312 Optical Studio help you choose the proper progressive lens. There are many different types of digital lenses, and we’re here to find the ones that will work best for you and your needs.