Our Doctor of Optometry May Tell You Bifocal Lenses Are Best for You. Here’s Why.

Dr. Michael Young at Redding Eyecare Center offers the latest in eye care and the latest in eyewear. Sometimes, however, Dr. Young doesn’t prescribe progressive lenses for people who need help with near vision correction. Sometimes bi focal lenses really are best. Here’s why.

Heavy Computer Users Sometimes Have Less Eye Strain With Bi Focal Lenses.

Progressive lenses help you keep near objects in focus. They can enable you to keep your eyes fixed on a computer screen or a telephone for hours on end. But that’s not necessarily a good thing. When you stare straight at the same object continuously, you don’t blink as often. Your eyes aren’t as well lubricated and they dry out. The muscles around your eyes hold the same position the whole time. This causes tension and headaches. With bi focal lenses, you won’t have a hypnotic gaze fixed on an electronic screen. You will have fewer problems with dry eye and fewer headaches, in many cases.

Some People Prefer Bi Focal Lenses for Peripheral Vision.

Progressive lenses correct your vision straight ahead, but they distort images on the edges of your visual field. If you need to see things coming out of the corner of your eye, you are better off with bi focal lenses than with progressive lenses. What kinds of people rely on their peripheral vision? If you take care of children, you know the value of being able to see things out of the corner of your eye. If you are cooking for a restaurant, you need to be able to read a ticket and also keep up with everything that is happening at both ends of your workspace. That’s usually easier with bifocals than with progressive lenses.

Progressive Lenses Take Some Time to Get Used to.

While most people eventually enjoy progressive lenses, it takes some time to break them in. There may be a period you have trouble knowing exactly where your car is in relation to a stop sign or the white stripe that marks your parking space. You may have to get used to being able to see things in the intermediate zone of vision, at about arm’s length, which was covered by the line in your bifocals. People even develop headaches and nausea while they are getting used to progressive lenses. For most people, the adjustment time is just a few days and the aggravation is worth it, but some people don’t adjust to progressive lenses as quickly. A few people never adjust at all. They need to stick with bi focal lenses.

Whatever Your Needs In Vision Correction, Dr. Young at Redding Eyecare Center Can Help You.

Whether you need progressive lenses or you want to go with bi focal lenses, you have the care you need at Redding Eyecare Center. Let us help you see as best as possible. Make your appointment today by calling us at (530) 222-1233!