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Presbyopia? How to Deal With Different Prescription Strengths

PresbyopiaPresbyopia is a common vision disorder that affects people as they age. By affecting the muscle fibers around the lens, presbyopia can cause difficulty for people who are trying to focus on up close objects— meaning that you may be grabbing for that pair of readers. However, if you already suffer from nearsightedness and are developing presbyopia, then you will need to get some corrective glasses or contacts to help you see things both far away and up close. Read on to learn more.


Anytime you hear the term “bifocals” you might associate them with old age. As glasses that give patients both the ability to see far away and up close, bifocals offer wearers the ability to see without having to switch glasses. Designed with the reader portion of the lens at the bottom and the regular portion at the top, bifocals are a seamless way to read and see far away.


Multifocals are similar to bifocals in the sense that they offer wearers to only have to wear one pair of glasses in order to correct multiple vision problems. With multifocals, however, more than two different strengths of lenses will be used to help wearers see things from all different angles and distances.

Contact Lenses

If you don’t like to wear glasses and prefer to wear contact lenses instead, then Dr. Steve Thom may recommend that you wear two different types of contact lenses. For instance, in your right eye you may wear a contact lens that helps you see things up close, whereas in your left eye, you may wear a contact lens that helps you to see things that are far away. By wearing two contact lenses, your brain will balance them out and will give you the ability to see both up close and far away.

To learn more, contact Dr. Steve Thom’s office today!


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