No two eyes are the same, which is why there are so many options on the market for correcting vision. If you are interested in getting bifocal lenses at South Center Eye Clinic in Tukwila, WA, here is what you need to know.
What Are Bifocals?
Bifocal eyeglasses have two prescriptions of lenses within them. Typically, the upper part of each lens has your prescription for distance vision. The lower part is designed for reading-distance activities.
Bifocals have several different designs. The magnified lens part may be:
- a straight half of the lens
- a lower crescent
- a small rounded or rectangular inset
These different options let you adjust how much visual space you have for distance versus up-close sight.
What Are the Benefits of Bifocal Lenses?
Bifocal lenses are highly convenient and cost-effective. Instead of juggling multiple pairs of glasses for distance vision and up-close work, you only need to keep track of one pair. You also will not need to invest in several glasses and several cases.
You can get bifocals in a variety of styles. They may also be purchased with scratch-resistant and polarizing coatings. These technologies improve the glasses’ longevity and help you see better in bright conditions.
Who is Not a Good Candidate for Bifocals?
If your vision loss is new and unstable, your prescription may change rapidly. This means that you will outgrow your bifocals quickly and need to purchase new pairs. Your eye doctor may advise you to wait until your vision stabilizes.
There can also be an adjustment period when you first wear bifocal lenses. If you have a job that requires you to drive or operate heavy equipment every day, you may be better suited to keeping multiple pairs of single focal glasses.
What Other Options Are There?
If bifocal glasses are not right for you, ask your optometrist about bifocal contact lenses. You may be a good candidate for them. Other options include:
- Investing in both reading and distance glasses
- Trifocal lenses
- Progressive lenses
- Eye surgery options such as LASIK
Schedule an Appointment with Our Optometry Professionals in Tukwila, WA
Call South Center Eye Clinic today at (206) 431-8770 for more information or to schedule an appointment with our optometrist.