The right glasses can transform your quality of life.
6th November 2019
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You'll often hear this sentiment from those of us involved in the type of role where we deal with the general public: knowing that you've offered a quality service that has met (or even exceeded) their expectations is hugely rewarding.

But it really is true! And I have a very good example for you:

I saw a lovely couple in their early 80s recently, both of whom were totally
fed up with having multiple pairs of glasses for various every day
functions. They had reached the point where even a traditional Bifocal had become irritating since it lacks an intermediate vision function. What this means is that any arms length task required 'backing off' from the distance correction to get the focus required, or having to 'lean in' using reading glasses - in other words, compromising all the way. A classic example of this is screen use.

Conventional wisdom says don't put the elderly into Varifocals largely because they'll find it too difficult to cope... Not these two!

They love them and seemingly I can do no wrong. She has found sewing difficult with normal reading glasses, and the pair I recommended with a suitable correction means the problem is happily solved.

I always like to follow up with my customers to check all is well some
time after they leave with their glasses. I find that if you give folk time, you'll find out the true nature of the problem.

So just for those who may be confused about what the difference is between the various options for glasses and how they adjust your vision, I thought it might be useful to provide a rough guide to glasses!

Whether you've always had perfect vision, or you've needed glasses to correct short or long sightedness, as you get older things once again begin to change. This is because of presbyopia, a long-sightedness caused by loss of elasticity of the lens of the eye. It heralds a change and means that even if you have previously enjoyed perfect vision you will now need help with reading. If you already wear glasses you will now need a different prescription for reading.

So when this happens, what are the options?

Bifocal lenses in glasses have a near vision prescription at the lower part of the lens and a distance vision prescription at the top of the lens. Bear in mind that if you don't need a prescription lens for your normal vision but you'd like to wear your glasses permanently so you're not taking them off all the time you can have glasses without a prescription at the top of the lens.

Progressive lenses in glasses operate in the same way in terms of the differing lens prescriptions but they also have a smooth progression of power between the two for viewing intermediate distances.

When you have your consultation with me at Eyemasters, I'll talk through your lifestyle and what you're hoping to achieve from your glasses. It really is the best way to ensure that you're using them in a way that suits you and you enjoy. It's all about getting it right and ensuring that you're totally happy with the end result. 

About the Author

Richard Smith @ Eyemasters.

Member since: 9th September 2016

I have been involved in Ophthalmic Optics since 1975, in a variety of Domestic and International roles involving lens manufacturing and the distribution of lens making systems. Tiring of the corporate...

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