If you’re over 40 and plan to get new eyeglasses, maybe you should consider getting bifocal eyewear. If you currently have different pairs of glasses for nearsightedness and farsightedness, perhaps bifocals are better instead of having several pairs of glasses. Keeping track of several pairs of glasses is a hassle.
Bifocals are especially useful for those with presbyopia who already wear prescription glasses. Presbyopia is a condition in which you lose the ability to focus on near objects. This is common as you get older and often starts after age 40.
Bifocals allow you to seamlessly transition between up-close tasks such as reading the paper and distant tasks like seeing your TV screen clearly. No need to have multiple pairs of glasses.
Bifocals can sometimes cause disorientation as the eyes move from one section of the lens to another. Each section of the lens has different focusing ability and it may take some time to get accustomed to this effect when moving from distant to near objects. Motion sickness may occur as a result of this rapid shift in focus.
Your eyes will eventually adjust to this change and the benefits of wearing bifocals far outweigh the short-term inconvenience. Bifocals are not for everyone, try on a pair in store before making a decision to buy.
Dr. Joseph Cohen O.D.
Woodland Hills Optometrist
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