The optometrists at Alpine Vision in Colorado Springs, see many patients that need bifocal lenses. As we age, the eyes tend to lose some of the clarity that they once had. The most common symptom of this process comes when trying to read a book or other close-up work. At some point in life it is only natural to need a pair of reading glasses but what about people who already wear glasses? If your vision is no longer adequate for driving, meaning you’re unable to see objects at a distance comfortably, and you’re also struggling to clearly read a computer screen, then you might need bifocals.
How Bifocals Work
By the name alone you may already know how bifocals work. Bifocals literally means a pair of eyeglasses that have lenses containing two parts with different focal lengths. To put it simply, the glasses have one prescription for the majority of the lens and then a different prescription for the bottom area, often seen as a small “window” in the lens. If you are looking at something at a distance, perhaps while driving, you’re able to see clearly straight ahead while wearing the glasses. When you need to read something up close, simply adjust your eyes to look through the small window in the glasses at the bottom of the lenses.
The part of the lens that is used for close-up viewing does not always take the form of an actual “window” in the lens. Progressive lenses have become a more popular option when selecting a pair of bifocal glasses. As the name suggests, these lenses have a gradual change from one prescription to the other as your eye travels to the bottom of the lens.
Wearing bifocals often takes some getting used to. For some, the adjustment of training your eye where to look and in what conditions comes rather slowly, but most people adapt eventually. Practice makes perfect in this case as it is often recommended to wear the bifocals as much as possible in order to make using the glasses become second-nature. That being said, you may want to take particular care when using the stairs while wearing bifocals as the glasses will often interfere with your depth perception. As with anything, over time your eyes will be trained to focus on the area of the lens which provides the clearest vision depending on your need at the time.
Finding Optometry Care in Colorado Springs
At Alpine Vision, we offer a wide variety of bifocal options. Our optometrists are happy to answer any questions you may have during the selection process. We will make sure that you receive a proper fit for frames that not only fit your face but also your sense of style. Call us today at (719) 520-3333 to schedule your appointment.