This article was published in partnership with Varilux
If reading this sentence strains your eyes, chances are you are already feeling the effects of presbyopia.
Such was the case with Jeff Kimmel, who began battling this incredibly common eye condition about 15 years ago. While he always enjoyed a big vision, that started to change once he reached middle age, when all that little text started to blur together. As Kimmel says, “You get to a point where all of a sudden you need longer arms to read.”
Kimmel is not alone. In 2020, it was estimated that nearly two billion people worldwide suffered from presbyopia, a form of farsightedness related to aging. Due to a stiffening of the lens, people typically lose the ability to focus on objects a foot or two in front of them around age 45. Yet, as we increasingly use screens and log long hours of daily screen time, people are starting to feel the effects of presbyopia much earlier, often as young as 40.
Spectacle solutions for presbyopia
Once you reach the point where twisting your neck or stretching your arms is no longer effective, it’s time to consider vision correction options. Fortunately, there are several solutions to fit any budget or eye prescription.
At one end of the spectrum are “readers” – inexpensive glasses that can be purchased without a prescription from local stores. Unfortunately, as they are only designed to correct near vision, they must be removed whenever you are not actively reading. Reader lenses have a reputation for being easy to lose and hard to find when you need them most.
Bifocal glasses are a step forward for readers, but still have some drawbacks. The lenses feature two different prescription powers separated by a single line, with distance prescription at the top and reading distance at the bottom. Although this eliminates the need to put on and take off the glasses, many people struggle with bifocals due to “image skipping”, when your point of focus unexpectedly shifts from the distance lens to the reading glass. Also, the knock on bifocals from an aesthetic standpoint is the noticeable line on the lenses themselves, which tends to make the glasses – and the wearer – look a bit aged.
The most effective and advanced solution for presbyopia are progressive lenses. These lenses feature a unique technology in which several different prescription powers are layered to restore natural vision at near, intermediate and far distances. With consistent clarity of vision at all distances, progressives are arguably your best option for correcting presbyopia.
For Kimmel, the choice was obvious.
“Because my job is constantly staring at a computer screen, but also talking to people and driving, I went straight to progressives.”
Find the best progressive lenses
Millions of Americans are prescribed progressive lenses by their optometrist every year. With at least a hundred different progressive designs to choose from, finding the best pair can seem like a daunting task.
Not every pair will suit your eyes – an unfortunate reality that Kimmel first experienced when testing progressive lenses.
“My first pair of progressive glasses were really hard on my eyes,” Kimmel recalls. “They were getting tired, I was having headaches and I just couldn’t get them in.”
Jeff wasn’t unique in this sentiment, as wearing the wrong progressives can lead to being disoriented with your line of sight, leading to problems performing seemingly simple tasks like walking down stairs or driving a car.
After struggling to adjust to her new glasses, Kimmel eventually stopped wearing them altogether. It wasn’t until his optometrist recommended that he try another brand of progressive lenses – Varilux – that he began to appreciate the true benefits of progressive lenses.
“Wearing Varilux was such a better experience that I was able to switch to wearing progressive lenses all the time,” says Kimmel. “They weren’t harsh like other brands I had tried.”
The Varilux Advantage
With a 96% patient satisfaction rate, Varilux lenses offer superior visual correction for presbyopia with their advanced technology. While inferior progressive lenses can often cause dizziness, nausea and headaches, Varilux’s proprietary lens technology allows for a smoother transition as your eyes move from near distance to far distance.
“Varilux is just easier on my eyes,” says Kimmel. “I can wear them longer. They are more comfortable. It’s like finding the right baseball glove, the right pair of shoes, or your new favorite pair of jeans. They suit me best.
The superior viewing experience described by Kimmel is no accident, but the successful result of decades of research and refinement. With over 60 years of research and over 70 patents in their name, it is not surprising that Varilux is the most recommended progressive lens by optometrists and opticians.
When it comes to your vision, just “good enough” isn’t good enough. If you’re one of the millions of Americans struggling with presbyopia, it’s time to end the daily struggle. Ask your optometrist about Varilux and start enjoying the benefits of clear vision at any distance, regardless of your age.
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