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Having trouble reading a restaurant menu or newspaper print?

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This table lists different types of glasses available for presybopes and some of the pros and cons of each type of correction.

Over 40?

If you’re having trouble reading a restaurant menu or newspaper print, you’re most likely experiencing a condition called presbyopia.

Presbyopia occurs when the lens of your eyes lose their ability to focus up close. Talk to your eye doctor about any symptoms you may be experiencing.

Glasses Options

Today, there are many spectacle lens options for those with presbyopia. They include: readers or “half eyes;” bifocals and progressives.

The corrective option that is best for you will depend on factors such as: comfort, quality and lifestyle.

Type Pros Cons
Readers or
“cheaters”
  • Over-the-counter “availability”
  • Inexpensive
  • Low quality
  • Significant distortion
  • “Read” only coverage
  • Corrective power is the same in each lens, even though each eye may need a different magnification
Type Pros Cons
Bifocals
  • Offers near & distance vision
  • They’ve been around since Benjamin Franklin
  • No “intermediate” zone coverage or computer distance
  • Old technology
  • Lines between near and distance zones has significant image jump
  • Requires a lot of head and eye movement
Type Pros Cons
Progressives
  • Offers near, intermediate & distance vision
  • No lines
  • One pair meets all vision needs
  • Custom designs available
  • Evolving technology improvements
  • Peripheral distortion
  • Some people have trouble adapting