Month: November 2021

reading glasses for adults

Why does everyone eventually need reading glasses?

Whether you currently wear glasses or not, you eventually will need reading glasses at some point in your life. Say what? That’s right! Even if you’ve never had to wear glasses growing up, it is inevitable that you will need a pair of reading glasses or multifocal contact lenses by your early 40’s to mid 40’s. 

In order for our eyes to see things that are up close like a book, a sewing needle, or text messages on our cell phone screen, the lens inside our eye must bend itself. The more that it can bend, the more clear nearby objects appear to us.

As we age become wiser and more mature, the lens inside of our eye becomes more stiff. It’s not able to bend as much as it could before, causing nearby objects to appear more blurry.

I like to think of it as a comparison between squeezing an inflated balloon versus a basketball. When our eyes are young, our lens is like an inflated balloon – malleable and bendable, allowing for clear near vision. As our eyes age, our lens starts to become like a basketball – stiff and inflexible, causing blurry near vision. 

This natural process is formally known as presbyopia. It starts to become more apparent at around 40 years old, and it remains with you for the rest of your life.

bifocal lenses vs. progressive lenses, different options to reading glasses
The difference between bifocal and progressive lenses.

During this time, it may be frustrating since objects that were once clear without reading glasses or contact lenses now require some additional help. Thankfully, there are a multitude of solutions to help you adjust to this very natural process! These include: 

  1. Reading Glasses
  2. Bifocal Lenses
  3. Progressive Lenses 
  4. Multifocal Contact Lenses
  5. Monovision Contact Lenses 
  6. FDA-Approved Eye Drops for Presbyopia
  7. Multifocal Intraocular Lenses 
  8. Corneal Inlays
Vuity eye drops instead of reading glasses
FDA recently approved Vuity (AbbVie) as the first and only eye drop treatment for presbyopia

In addition to all of these solutions, researchers are in the process of gathering FDA approval for multifocal LASIK procedures, such as PresbyLASIk, Supracor, and Intracor. 

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At Bright Vision Optometry, we specialize in helping our presbyopic patients through these modalities:

  1. Reading Glasses – Helps you see clearly at near objects only. While readers are available over-the-counter (OTC) at drug stores, many of our patients have astigmatic corrections, which require a custom-made reading prescription. In addition, some patients experience prismatic effects (which causes dizziness) with OTC reading glasses since they are not customized to each individual’s pupil distance (which varies from person-to-person). 

  2. Progressive Lenses – Helps you see distant, intermediate, and near objects clearly. Progressives are our favorite lenses to fit our patients with because they offer a wide range of clear vision for our patients, all in a single pair of glasses. How convenient! 

  3. Multifocal Contact Lenses – Helps you see distant, intermediate, and near objects clearly. We love to fit these for our patients who cannot live without their contact lenses and despise the thought of wearing glasses. Essentially, these are like progressive lenses, but in a contact lens format.

Eventually, everyone needs a pair of reading glasses or contact lenses to help them see nearby objects clearly. While it may be difficult to accept, one of our goals in serving our presbyopic patients is to help them adjust to this natural process of aging as seamlessly as possible, so that their daily activities and quality of life are not impaired. We hope that we can help you out once you reach this milestone in life! 🤓

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the content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. please seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding your medical or vision conditions.

Bright Vision Optometry is a family-owned & operated optometry office located in Chino Hills, CA 91709

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