Why Do I Need Bifocals

It’s finally happened. You have your new prescription from the Optometrist and during the exam the doctor says the dreaded words “You could really benefit from having a bifocal”. First you deny that you need it until the Dr. hands you a reading card and you notice that your arm is no longer long enough to move it to a point that’s clear and you can’t even read the medium size print on the card. So how did this happen!?

Focusing on near objects is performed by something called the crystalline lens. This lens handles a lot for the eye but one of its most important features is its ability for accommodation. Accommodation is the eyes ability to focus on near objects. As we age we lose the ability to accommodate due to the thickening of of the crystalline lens due to protein build up, because of this the lens loses its flexability which is whats needed to focus on close objects.This condition is called presbyopia.

Presbyopia may seem to happen overnight, but sight reduction truly occurs over a number of years. Presbyopia usually becomes noticeable in the early to mid-40s, but the reduction of your accommodation starts as early as childhood. Presbyopia is a natural part of the aging process of the eye. It is not a disease, and it cannot be prevented.

To help compensate for presbyopia the doctor prescribes bifocals/multifocals. It’s possible that you may only need to wear your glasses for close work like reading, but you may find that wearing them all the time is more convenient.

At Schmidt’s Optical and Hearing™ Stuart FL we fabricate all forms of bifocal/multifocal lenses in house and can have a new pair ready for you in as little as an hour. Visit us at 2341 SE Federal HWY, Stuart, FL. 34994 and pick out a great looking pair or two.

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