Vision Over 40

Presbyopia — After you pass the milestone age of 40, you'll notice it's more difficult to focus on objects up close. This normal loss of focusing ability is called presbyopia, and is due to hardening of the lens inside your eye.

For a time, you can compensate for this decline in focusing ability by holding reading material farther away from your eyes. But eventually, you'll need reading glasses, multifocal contact lenses or multifocal eyeglasses.

Dry Eye After Menopause

Studies show that more than 14% of older Americans have dry eye syndrome. If you are 50 or older and female, your chance of developing dry eye is even greater. In fact, the American Academy of Ophthalmology says hormonal changes make older women twice as likely as older men to develop dry eye and accompanying symptoms such as eye irritation and blurred vision.


Progressive Multifocal Lenses — Progressive multifocal lenses (also called progressive addition lenses) are true "multi-focal" lenses. Instead of having just two or three powers, progressives gradually change in power from the top to the bottom of the lens, offering a continual change of power to provide clear vision at all distances – distance, intermediate, and near.

And because there are no visible lines or abrupt changes of lens power in progressive lenses, there is no "image jump," so the wearer's vision generally is more comfortable and natural. Because of these advantages, progressive lenses are the most popular multifocal lenses sold in the United States.

The right multifocal lenses for you will depend on your age, visual needs, and other factors. Because not all progressive lenses are equal, the quality of the lens is extremely important in maximizing visual potential. Visit River Place Vision Center today for more information about progressive lenses and to get a customized solution to your vision and eyewear needs.

Multifocal Contacts — View our contact lens page for more information on multifocal contacts here.

Dry Eyes — Learn more about dry eyes in our eye library here.