It’s common knowledge that your risk for developing certain eye conditions increases as you age. What’s less well-known is what these different eye conditions are. Presbyopia is one of these diseases. It’s a condition that usually affects people aged over 40 and makes it harder for their eyes to focus on objects. Common symptoms include difficulty seeing small print, such as text messages, clearly.
No need to worry though—to help restore your vision, a scleral optometrist will prescribe you multifocal lenses if you’re a good candidate for one. In general, there are three types of multifocal lenses:
- Bifocal lenses – As the name suggests, bifocal lenses have two prescriptions: the upper lens helps you see objects from afar while the lower lens helps you read and focus on objects near you.
- Trifocal lenses – Like bifocal lenses, trifocal lenses have upper and lower lenses that help you with distance vision and reading respectively. The difference between the two is that trifocal lenses, as the name suggests, have a middle section that helps you with tasks that require intermediate vision, like using a laptop.
- Progressive lenses – Progressive lens don’t have the lines found on bifocal or trifocal lenses. That’s because the power of the lenses gradually changes from the top to the bottom.
Adjusting to Your New Bifocal Lenses
Multifocal lenses will take some getting used to. Here are some tips on adjusting to your new multifocal lenses:
- Wear your multifocal lenses all the time – You’ll get used to your new multifocal lenses faster if you wear them all the time.
- Don’t look down while walking or going down the stairs – The lower part of your bifocal lenses makes everything look bigger, so your feet may appear out-of-focus. If you need to look down while walking, make sure to tilt your head up and look through the upper portion of your multifocal lenses.
- Make sure your new multifocal eyeglasses fit your face properly – It’s harder to get used to multifocal eyeglasses and lenses if they don’t fit your face properly.
For more info about your multifocal lenses, neurolens treatment, and your other treatment options, don’t hesitate to consult your eye doctor.
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