It has finally happened. You’re starting to have a difficult time reading—newspapers, books, restaurant menus, product labels and the like with letters are now looking small, blurry or distorted. With age sometimes comes symptoms of presbyopia, which is when you have a hard time seeing objects that are close. This usually hits home when it comes to reading, and no matter how far away you hold the paper, you still can’t see it clearly.
If an activity requires you to focus your eyes on words, and you are finding yourself struggling with this task, don’t wait to schedule a check-up with your local eye doctor. It’s better to find out sooner rather than later if wearing corrective lenses will help to protect you against the effects of presbyopia. But, which type of lenses should you get for your prescription glasses in Oshkosh: bifocals, trifocals or progressive bifocals?
In the eyeglasses world, bi as in bifocal lenses means two types of focusing lenses making up a single lens, just in two sections. The section of lens to help you see at a distance is set at the top and the bottom section of the lens is for close up viewing—the top and bottom lenses are typically separated by a visible line. While this lens combination allows your eyes to painlessly focus on things like reading books and road signs, wearing bifocals can make it hard to see a computer screen because of the limited intermediate viewing area.
Trifocals were created to fill the need of a clear intermediate viewing area, which is the space one and a half to two feet in front of you, while still correcting near and far vision. An intermediate viewing area for trifocal wearers include computer screens, car dashboards and other similar things. For trifocals, an additional small but still visible lens is placed above the bottom (near vision) portion, therefore there are three focal lenses.
Progressive (no-line) Bifocals
Progressive bifocal lenses offer easy eye focusing for multiple distances, these are the viewing zones, depending on the section of the lens you are looking out of. This lens lets the wearer see clearly when they are looking far, near, in the intermediate area or any viewing distance in-between the multiple distances. This natural-like progression of vision correction, which has a working corrective lens power from bottom to top, aides in easing eye strain. And, due to the fact that progressive bifocals have no visible lines, these seamless lenses have a smooth appearance of unseen transition between each of the aforementioned distances.
Like the idea of no-line progressive lenses? At Dr. Jill’s Optical Shoppe, we offer a superior eyeglass lens called the S series from Essilor. This S series comes with great optics and has less distortion from side to side when compared to some of the older technology lenses.
If you think you might be in need of lined bifocals, lined trifocals or progressive bifocals and want to benefit from quality prescription glasses in Oshkosh, visit your local Optometrist today!