Optic Topic

Senior woman reading a newspaper

Optic Topic by Steven A. Queenan at Regional Eye Optical – Week of April 1, 2018

As middle age approaches, the eye lens becomes increasingly inflexible, making it hard to focus on near objects. This condition, known as “presbyopia“, leads nearly everyone by age 60 to purchase reading glasses. Presbyopia is NOT a disease and cannot be prevented.

The question then becomes: Why not buy inexpensive glasses at the pharmacy?

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The fact of the matter is that, because both lenses in these inexpensive reading glasses have the same effective power, they might not work well for people with significantly different focusing power in each eye. Drugstore reading glasses are also set up with optical centers that provide for average pupillary distance (distance between the two pupils), and may not match the wearer’s eyes. Most important, any change in vision should prompt a professional eye exam.

REGIONAL EYE OPTICAL carries a large selection of designer frames, prescription and non-prescription lenses and sunglasses. Come in and see us! No appointment is needed. Please call 320-587-6309 for more information. We are located just inside Regional Eye Center at 1455 Montreal Street, SE in Hutchinson, MN. Our business hours are:

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