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Are Bifocals Right for You? Your Kennesaw Optometrist Can Help

Bifocal lenses

One of the best things about today’s eyeglasses is that there are so many options - both for frames and for lenses - you can feel confident you’ll find the ideal combination to suit your specific needs. And when it comes to finding the best lenses for you, it begins by understanding the type of vision problems you’re facing. Some people deal with a single vision issue - for instance, nearsightedness (myopia) or farsightedness (hyperopia) - that the optometrist can correct with what are called single vision lenses. These lenses feature a single prescription across the entire lens. But many people have difficulty seeing near and far - and for them, bifocals can provide a much better solution.

What Are Bifocal Lenses?

Bifocal lenses feature two different viewing “zones,” each of which is dedicated to a different prescription - one to correct for farsightedness and one to correct for nearsightedness. The upper zone is typically significantly larger than the lower zone, and it helps you see distant objects more clearly. The lower zone can comprise a small circular or semicircular area of the lens or about a third of the entire lens surface, depending on your specific needs and preferences. This zone makes it easier for you to see up close when reading or performing other near-vision tasks.

Interestingly, Benjamin Franklin is credited with "inventing" bifocal lens designs. Since his early experiments with "two-zone" lenses, bifocals have become especially popular with adults who have difficulty with both near and far vision. They're also used in children and young adults who have certain types of vision problems to help correct those issues over time.

What Are The Benefits Of Bifocal Lenses?

Perhaps the biggest benefit of bifocal lenses is that you can address two vision problems without having to change your glasses between tasks. That makes bifocals a convenient solution for many people. Instead of having one pair of glasses for reading and one for driving, say, you can have a single pair that makes it easy to do all your tasks. Having just one pair of glasses for both tasks means you save money and time.

At Hobson Eye Associates, we offer top-of-the-line lens brands that rely on computer technology and state-of-the-art manufacturing techniques for extremely precise lenses customized for your prescription. Plus, we offer additional options, like lenses that reduce glare and make it easier to see both indoors and outdoors. Our optometrists are skilled in helping every patient make the best lens choices to suit their vision needs as well as their lifestyle.

What Brands Of Bifocal Lenses Does Hobson Eye Associates Offer?

Our optometrists are committed to making sure each patient receives the highest-quality lenses for their needs. That's because we know your vision is only as good as the lenses you see through. At our Kennesaw practice, we offer lenses from top manufacturers, including:

  • Crizal lenses, state-of-the-art lenses that feature an anti-reflective technology to eliminate glare and make it easier to see under varying lighting conditions
  • Transitions lenses that automatically change from clear lenses for indoor viewing to tinted lenses to keep your eyes comfortable in brightly-lit environments
  • OptiFog lenses to prevent fogging that can make it difficult to see
  • Xperio polarized sunglasses in your prescription, providing your eyes with clear vision as well as superior protection from UV rays

Find Your Ideal Glasses - Visit Our Kennesaw Office Today

When you wear glasses, you want to be sure you get the best lenses for crisp, clear vision. At Hobson Eye Associates, that’s what we offer. To find out about all the lens and frame styles we offer or to schedule an eye exam, call our Kennesaw office at 770-424-2020 today.

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