Optic Topic

bifocal lenses vision example

Optic Topic by Steven A. Queenan at Regional Eye Optical – Week of October 31, 2016

Older individuals in particular should watch their step while walking and wearing their bifocals or multifocal lenses. The problem is that they may make foot-placement errors when viewing the stairs or path ahead through the “reading lens” portion of a pair of bifocals or multifocal (“progressive”) lenses.

Doing so is likely to produce “lens blurring” especially when looking two feet ahead of the target. This blurred vision has been found to result in significant “understepping” errors. These errors occur when the foot falls short as the bifocal wearer’s gaze is directed beyond the target. Beyond being careful to watch their steps, older eyeglass wearers may want to switch to single-vision prescription lenses while walking, to prevent lens blue and falls. Wearing bifocals or progressive lenses poses a particular potential for dangerous missteps when entering and exiting escalators.

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