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Bifocal Lenses

Sometimes our vision fails us at two or even three distinct distances, especially as we age. Bifocal lenses—lenses with two distinct viewing areas—have traditionally been a reliable solution to such a dilemma. (A lens with three distinct viewing areas is called a trifocal.)

By distinct, we mean there are noticeable lines separating the two different fields of vision within a bifocal lens surface. A slight adjustment to the angle of the head allows wearers to choose which lens area to look through based on the distance of the object they’re trying to see.

A farsighted person who also has trouble reading may be prescribed a pair of bifocal reading glasses, for example. The upper section of the lens would correct difficulties seeing objects at distance, and the lower section would assist in reading. (Bifocal glasses date back to the days of Benjamin Franklin!)

While wearers quickly adjust to the line separating the multiple vision fields, it is a noticeable distraction within the lens itself. This line can be eliminated using a newer lens technology called progressive lenses.

Progressive lenses incorporate two, three, or more fields of vision within a single lens without noticeable lens lines. Bifocal, trifocal and progressive lenses are all considered “multi-focal” lenses—lenses that provide correction to multiple vision problems.

Special thanks to the EyeGlass Guide, for informational material that aided in the creation of this website. Visit the EyeGlass Guide today! 

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Our patient's health will always be of the utmost importance. With that in mind, we have been using recommendations for opening from the CDC, the American Optometric Association, and our government. Many of these changes will be very different than we are used to.

An appointment will be needed to enter the office and all patients will be screened prior to entering the office (temperature checks, face mask required, COVID questionnaire).  If you are an adult with medical conditions that exempt you from wearing a mask, a doctor's note is required to enter our practice. If these are not met upon screening we will gladly reschedule to a later date.  We will also take appointments for car side glasses pickups and adjustments. We appreciate your patience with these new guidelines.  It truly is a different world and way of doing things but they are meant to keep our patients, staff, and community healthy during the pandemic.  We are looking forward to seeing you all again soon! If you have any questions or concerns please give our office a call.