Progressive Lenses at Franklin Family Eyecare in Somerset, NJ
"Time marches on." This statement is true for all of us -- and for our eyes. If you're past the age of 40 and you're having more trouble seeing at near distances than you used to, you probably have a common vision problem called presbyopia. But you don't have to settle for bifocals or trifocals to correct this condition. Time marches on in the world of optometry, too, and today you can get state-of-the-art progressive lenses here at Franklin Family Eyecare in Somerset, NJ.
What Are Progressive Lenses, and What Do They Correct?
Progressive lenses belong to a category of lenses known as multifocal. Multifocal lenses, which also include bifocals and trifocals, correct vision at more than one distance level by placing multiple corrective prescriptions within the same lens. Progressive lenses are also referred to as "blended" lenses because, instead of containing the corrections in separate, discrete segments, they offer a seamless progression of vision correction from the distance segment through the intermediate segment to the near segment.
Progressive lenses and other multifocal treat a condition called presbyopia. This condition, which afflicts most people over the age of 40 to some degree, occurs when the lens grows too stiff for its adjusting muscles to alter its focus easily. If you had a clear vision before, you're now farsighted; if you were nearsighted before, you may now be both nearsighted and farsighted. By including multiple corrective zones in your lenses, our optometrist can make sure your eye sees clearly at all distances.
The Modern Alternative to Bifocals and Trifocals
Bifocals, which correct for far and near distances, were first invented by none other than Benjamin Franklin as an alternative to carrying several pairs of glasses around. Trifocals later included a small intermediate segment. But the sudden shift between these segments strikes many people as jarring, while other wearers are bothered by the obvious lines, which interfere with vision (and advertise the wearer's age). Progressive lenses, with their smooth gradation across all distances, provide much more natural vision and greater cosmetic appeal.
Getting Used to Your New Lenses
Don't be surprised if your progressive lenses take some getting used to. Since most of the correction runs down the center of the lens, you must learn how to turn your head to focus on objects or people. Your brain will also need to adapt to the geometric distortions these lenses use to achieve their corrective effects.
Schedule an Eye Exam Today! Contact Franklin Family Eyecare in Somerset, NJ
Are you ready to give your aging eyes the vision correction they need? Start today by calling our Somerset optometrist at (732) 412-7328 for an eye exam!