As you get older, it is only natural that your vision changes, and usually for the worse. For some of us, it becomes more difficult to focus on nearby objects. The text becomes difficult to read and it gets harder to avoid eye strain or eye fatigue. You may often find yourself needing to hold books or papers further away to clearly see the words. This is a common condition called presbyopia, and it typically develops in the early to mid-40s. To treat this condition, you may need bifocal lenses. Our optometrists at Mills Eye Care in Mooresville can identify the right bifocal prescription for you to get your vision back on track.

What Are the Symptoms of Presbyopia?

Common signs that you are developing presbyopia include:

  • Blurry close-up vision
  • Difficulty focusing on the small print
  • Eyestrain and eye fatigue when doing close-up work or reading
  • Experiencing headaches when reading
  • Experiencing dry eye
  • Requiring extra light when focusing on nearby objects

How Bifocal Lenses Work

Bifocal eyeglass lenses contain two optical powers to accommodate clear vision and help you see objects at all distances. In bifocals, the lens is divided into two segments: the top contains the distance vision prescription, and the bottom contains the near vision prescription.

While all bifocal lenses function in generally the same way, the lenses come in various shapes:

  • Half-moon/flat-top/straight-top/D segment: These lenses have sections shaped like the letter D turned sideways that help you see close-up objects.
  • Round segment: These bifocals have a segment shaped like a half-circle to help you see close up.
  • Ribbon segment: In these lenses, there is a narrow rectangular area that you can look into to see close-up objects.
  • Executive segment: Also called Franklin/E style lenses, these lenses are divided into equal parts to correct nearsightedness and farsightedness in one lens.

Bifocal Lenses in Mooresville, NC

If you are struggling with the symptoms of presbyopia, our optometrists at Mills Eye Care will perform a thorough eye exam to diagnose the condition and find the right bifocal prescription for you. From there, our eye doctor will discuss your options for vision correction, including eyeglasses or contacts. We will review the pros and cons of each, as well as the expense for each option.

Better Vision Is Within Reach!

If you are having trouble with your vision or if it is time for an eye exam, call our team at Mills Eye Care today at (704) 664-9121 to schedule an appointment with one of our eye doctors. We are here to help with all your vision needs.