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Posted on 10-24-2017

Which Eyeglasses Are Right For You? Bifocal, Progressive or Single-Vision Glasses?

                              Optometrist in Kennesaw, GA helping patient choose the right eyeglasses

While vision issues can be present at any age, they tend to become a little more complex to resolve as we get older. Even individuals who are only nearsighted or farsighted—and those with perfect vision—as youths can develop visual issues that require specialty glasses such as bifocals or progressive lenses in lieu of single-vision glasses. So, what’s the difference in these eyewear options, and which one is right for you? Read on to learn more information from our optometrists in Kennesaw, GA at Hobson Eye Associates.

The Ups and Downs of Bifocal Eyeglasses

While they are still as effective and wonderful for correcting both near vision and distance vision, traditional bifocals can be a tell-tale sign of your age. However, with the option of no-line bifocals today those pesky lines that allow for seamless transitions between multiple focal points don’t have to be a dead giveaway. Even with the no-line option, bifocals involve the wearer looking up and down depending on what their corrective vision needs are in a particular situation. Unfortunately, many sufferers of presbyopia experience a condition called ‘image jump’ when they switch between near and far vision correction wearing bifocals. Those seeking a smoother transition may find better success with progressive eyeglasses.

Progressive Lens Eyeglasses: What You Need to Know

Progressives could be considered trifocals because they feature a third lens portion between the near and distance vision areas that provides intermediate vision (a.k.a. computer vision). With no image jump or visible lines separating the segments, these multifocal eyeglasses are ideal for those with presbyopia seeking discrete eyewear options besides contact lenses. Most patients have great success with progressives, but some individuals have issues adjusting to the separate fields of vision and experience sudden bouts of vertigo or nausea. These same effects often affect bifocal wearers, and such situations single-vision lenses may be the solution.

Are Single-Vision Lenses the Solution for You?

If you have struggled with balance issues or image jumps while wearing progressives or bifocals, our optometrists in Kennesaw may suggest that you invest in multiple pairs of single-vision eyeglasses to meet your needs. There are many types of single-vision lenses including near vision glasses for reading, intermediate lenses for vision 18-24 inches away and those designed specifically for distance vision. While it may seem cumbersome to carry multiple pairs of glasses around to accommodate your lifestyle, it certainly can make your life more comfortable and reduce issues such as headaches, vision jumps and vertigo.

Contact Our Optometrists To Find The Perfect Pair of Eyeglasses for Your Lifestyle

Whether you want single-vision, bifocals or progressive lens eyeglasses, you can stop by Hobson Eye Associates in Kennesaw, GA and check out our great deals on eye exams and designer eyewear and sunglasses. Call 770-424-2020 today to schedule your appointment with our experienced eye doctors in Kennesaw.

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