As the author Oscar Wilde said, “With age comes wisdom.” For a lot of us, though, age also means we have difficulty seeing things up close, including this article. It happens to almost everyone — you may find yourself holding things farther away to see them clearly, or realize you’re struggling to read small print. In either case, your eyes probably don’t see as well as they used to.
Here’s what doctors know: as you age, the lens in your eye gets less flexible so that by your mid-40s, you’re likely holding anything you’re trying to read at arm’s length. If this sounds familiar, you may be among the one billion people who have presbyopia, an age-related condition that makes it difficult to see things up close.
“It’s important for people to understand that what happens to our eyes between 40 and 50 years old is completely normal,” says Dr. Howard Purcell, senior vice president of customer development at Essilor of America, the creators of Varilux lenses, a leading progressive lens solution. “The best way to know if you have developed presbyopia is to visit your eye doctor to get a comprehensive eye exam.”
Aging is a part of life, and while diet, exercise, and other habitual changes can help, presbyopia is natural and may be inevitable — even for those who have always had perfect vision. “For years, the only option available to help with presbyopia was bifocal lenses, which were invented by Benjamin Franklin more than 250 years ago,” Dr. Purcell explains. “The problem is that with only two sections (powers) of vision, bifocals don’t cover your vision at around arm’s length so objects such as cell phones, computers and menus will still look blurry.”
Today, people with presbyopia have a better option. If you’ve ever worn bifocals, you know there is a line in the middle of the lens separating the top, used to see far away, from the bottom, used to see close up. The good news is progressive lenses such as Varilux don’t have this distracting line and allow you to see more clearly across all distances for the most natural vision possible. This seamless change also means there is no more “jumping” of images when your eyes move between the top and bottom of the lens.
Another reason to choose progressive lenses is that the design and functionality continues to improve. For example, Varilux progressive lenses have W.A.V.E. technology that virtually eliminates distortions, so you have clear, sharp vision, even in low light.
So why not treat yourself to the best possible vision? For more information about presbyopia and progressive lenses, schedule an appointment with your eye doctor and visit www.varilux.com.