Optic Topic

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Optic Topic by Steven A. Queenan at Regional Eye Optical – Week of April 12, 2020

Along with facial wrinkles, the age-related loss of near-focusing power known as “presbyopia” is somewhat inevitable and difficult to hide. It immediately becomes clear to those with presbyopia that their near vision blurs when looking at small print.

Most people begin to develop presbyopia sometime around age forty, when their natural eye lenses begin to thicken and become less flexible.

Consequently, presbyopic individuals begin to hold reading material farther and farther from their eyes, until their extended arms are no longer enough. At this point, if not before, presbyopia is treated with reading glasses that restore near vision reading ability. Those with previous refractive errors wear bifocals, which supplement their original lens prescription with added near vision correction.

For individuals that prefer contact lenses to glasses, bifocal and multi-focal lenses are also available in contact lenses in both soft and Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP) varieties. Those with presbyopia may notice that they become more sensitive to light and glare due to changes in aging eyes’ lenses.

To learn more, please call 320-587-6309. We are located just inside Regional Eye Center at 1455 Montreal Street, SE in Hutchinson, MN. Our business hours are:

Mon. & Thurs. 8:00am – 7:30pm
Tues. & Wed. 8:00am – 5:30pm
Fri. 8:00am – 4:00pm
Sat. 8:30am to Noon (Sep-May)