By Dr. Sean Karnani, Clarkson Eye Care

Are you having trouble reading your phone or computer screen at work? You are not alone. Presbyopia is a natural process in which the eye slowly loses the ability to focus on objects close to us. This includes books, phones, computers, and anything within arm’s length. This process typically begins to occur between the ages of 40 and 50 for most people. It happens as the lens within the eye begins to lose flexibility.

Fortunately, there are a multitude of solutions out there to help with this problem. Reading glasses are a common option. Prescription reading glasses are recommended as they are custom made for your eyes, both in power for each eye and placement of the optical centres to align with your eyes at a particular working distance.

If you require glasses for both distance and near, there are many options. These include lined bifocals and progressive lenses. The latest advancements in technology have made progressive lenses quite popular overall. In addition to not having a physical line in the lens, they offer the ability for you to see well at far, intermediate, and near distances all with the use of a single pair of lenses. Patients often find these to be most convenient. Contact lens options also exist. Ask your eye care professional for more information.

Progressive lenses have evolved to become digital in nature and these are the most advanced forms. They provide wider fields of vision and limit the effects of off center distortion that are common with traditional progressive lenses. With these wider fields of vision, it has made lens adaptation less of an issue with good quality digital progressives.

In summary, there are a variety of options to help you with your reading vision. Advancements in the digital lens space have made them better than ever before. Talk to your eye care professional and have your eyes evaluated with a comprehensive eye exam to see which option suits you the best. Hope you have a wonderful fall season!