Treating Age-Related Blur and Eye Strain Caused by Presbyopia

If YOU suffer from blurry vision, eye strain, fatigue and headaches with reading and near work, and you're over 40, you likely have presbyopia.  

An older gentleman enjoying his new eyeglasses.As people reach their mid to late 40s, reading and near work become increasingly difficult.   This condition is called presbyopia.  Presbyopia is a natural consequence of "the accumulation of birthdays."  We sometimes call it "Over-40 Vision."  

Early on, holding things farther away can help.  Eventually, however, everyone finally has to admit, "my arms aren't long enough."  Presbyopia can be frustrating. 

No one wants to feel "old" or admit that they need bifocals.  The good news is that we have many great options for helping you see clearly again at all distances.

THE BIG SECRET:  Is to NOT try to limit yourself to one pair of glasses.  Many active mature adults require a combination of vision correction options that allow them to enjoy all the things they love!

Are you ready to SEE GREAT & LIVE YOUNG?   Call Us Now at 801-803-5351, or CLICK HERE TO SCHEDULE YOUR APPOINTMENT ONLINE.  

Here are some of the vision correction options in our "SEE GREAT & LIVE YOUNG Toolbox": 

Progressive lenses (“no-line bifocals”)

For many presbyopes, bifocal lenses are a necessity.  Traditional bifocals and trifocals have lines.  Adjusting to them is often difficult.   Most commonly, we recommend progressive lenses.  Progressive lenses have a gradual change in focusing power which allows you to comfortably focus at far, near, and intermediate distances.

Early progressive designs were plagued with distortions and very narrow "sweet spots."  New “free-form” or “digitally surfaced” progressives have 30% wider reading zones and virtually no unwanted distortions.  Digital surfacing allows designers to create lens designs with accuracy in the 1/100th of a diopter, giving much greater customization and control. 

Reading Glasses

Widely available, and often referred to as "cheaters," over-the-counter reading glasses are a basic form of help for presbyopia.  Cheaters work well for many with simple prescriptions.  When people have a lot of astigmatism, nearsightedness, or farsightedness, simple readers may not help at all. 

Reading glasses have the advantage that they're inexpensive and they have a wide reading area.  However, if you have the need to look between far and near distances quickly, reading glasses must be worn down on the end of the nose.  Some refer to that as the "granny look."  It can work, but it's not for everyone.

Computer Glasses

A woman wearing fashionable eyeglasses.Eye strain and fatigue are common complaints for computer users of all ages, but especially those with presbyopia.  For many a specialized computer Rx with anti-glare coatings can bring great relief and even increase productivity at work.  They are particularly helpful for those who have multiple screens. 

Computer glasses can be made in any of our fashion frames.  Or you can choose from our Gunnar computer vision glasses by Ziess.  Click here for more information.

Multifocal Contacts

Glasses aren't for everyone.  Would you like to see clearly at far and near without glasses.  Multifocal contact lenses may be the answer!  Talk with your doctor about bifocal contacts today. 

Monovision Correction -- with LASIK or Contact Lenses

Monovision means fitting your dominant eye for distance vision and your non-dominant eye for near vision.  This can be accomplished using contact lenses and even with LASIK.   Most patients require 2-4 weeks to make the adjustment from binocular vision to monovision.  If you're considering monovision LASIK, we strongly recommend a trial fitting period with contacts first, to assess your ability to adapt to monovision.

Multifocal Intra-Ocular Lens Implants

Lens implants used for cataract surgery and clear lens extraction patients are now available as multifocals.  This is the best surgical way to correct vision for both far and near distances.

With so many options to help you SEE GREAT & LIVE YOUNG, your best first step is to schedule your Annual Vision and Eye Health Exam today!

Doctor Broadhead checking patient's eyes

Progressive Eye Care

Dr. Jeffrey Broadhead, OD and his team of optometry and ophthalmology professionals provide comprehensive treatments to improve the vision of patients from our offices in South Jordan, UT. Our doctors are members of professional associations, including:

  • American Academy of Ophthalmology,
  • American Board of Ophthalmology
  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
  • American Optometric Association
  • Utah Optometric Association
  • Orthokeratology Academy of America

To schedule an appointment at our South Jordan optometry practice, you can contact us online or give us a call at (801) 676-2020.

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