Arms Too Short?
Are you over 40 and wearing or interested in contact lenses? Are you having more problems seeing your cell phone and the backs to medicine bottles? That's the start of "presbyopia". What's happening is that your lens, located behind the colored iris, is becoming firmer. As a result it does not change shape as easily to allow focusing at different distances.
What can you do about it? You cannot stop the process but there are a number of strategies to allow you to read comfortably. If you have good distance vision with your contacts, you may be able to get by with over-the-counter reading glasses. They come in powers from +1.00 up to about +3.00. At first, the lower powers are sufficient but you need to gradually ramp up as you get older.
Another potential option is the use of "mono-vision" contact lenses. With this strategy, we set one contact lens for distance vision and the other for near. Mono-vision also works well with LASIK vision correction. If you are interested in LASIK, call for a free screening to see if this an option for you. Note that our Dr. Martha Jay is one of the most experienced blade-free LASIK surgeons in the Milwaukee area.
A third option is the use of bifocal contact lenses. These come in a variety of types and allow you to use both eyes for both distance and close reading vision. There is some decrease in the overall clarity of the vision, but it is generally well worth the compromise.
Even though you may be able to get by with reading glasses off the rack, don’t neglect your medical eye care. Schedule an appointment so we can thoroughly evaluate your eyes and determine the best reading option for you.
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