WHAT ARE THE SOLUTIONS
AVAILABLE TO ME?
It really depends on your specific needs. Solutions range from basic reading glasses available at any convenience store to prescription lenses, where the choice ranges from bifocals, trifocals and single vision lenses to progressive lenses. So in the first instance consult your optician. He or she will describe the advantages and disadvantages of these options and suggest the most appropriate solution for your specific visual needs.
Reading glasses are designed for close-up work and while they don’t have to be worn all day, their optical power is limited. The lenses are a standard vision parameter, not measured to your own specific vision needs. While they may help you temporarily, you may feel easily tired when using them for a long time.
Single Vision Lenses
Single vision lenses have the same optical power across the whole lens surface. They’re the primary solution to correct classic vision problems like short-sightedness, long-sightedness or astigmatism. However, they’re designed to correct one visual defect at a time and will not deliver multiple vision corrections simultaneously.
Mid-distance lenses are composed entirely of one lens that’s specifically designed for seeing objects from about 1-2m ahead to close range. They’re handy for computer use or watching TV, but they only correct vision at middle distance and you’ll have to take them off or reach for another pair of eyeglasses to do other tasks.
Bifocals & Trifocals
Bifocal & trifocal lenses consist of two or three lens segments separated by visible lines. They’re used to correct vision at two or three distances, including reading distance lost to presbyopia, but they don’t offer the same fluidity as progressive lenses. You have to adjust your position to find the right zone all the time and cope with the lines between the lens segments.
Progressive lenses are equipped with a correction power that varies smoothly and seamlessly over the entire surface of the lenses. At the top they adapt to far vision; in the middle, intermediate vision; and at the bottom, near vision. The result is a simple and effective solution to presbyopia and compatible with all visual corrections.
Many opticians recommend Varilux® progressive lenses. This is because Varilux® progressive lenses incorporate a range of cutting edge technologies to respond to each unique visual need and provide sharp, effortless vision at any distance. Varilux® progressive lenses revolutionized the optical industry when launched in the 1950s. Since then they have grown increasingly sophisticated through a series of technological innovations that eliminate the blurriness and low-light issues of ordinary progressive lenses. So they give you sharp vision at any distance – even in dimly lit conditions