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What Are Progressive Lenses?

Does your vision require different correction at different distances? Are you having trouble changing from your computer to your iPhone and then looking back at the distance? Or just having trouble keeping track of all your reading cheaters you have laying around the house? Progressive lenses are your answer. These are advanced lenses that use digital technology to create a seamless progression from distance to near and every distance between them. Traditional bifocals have two points of focus, up close and far away, thus the "bi" in bifocals. However, we no longer live in a world where our vision takes place at only those distances. They even do this without the obvious line on the glasses keeping that youthful look in your frames! Today's progressive lenses have the easiest adaptation, widest zones of vision, and smallest zones of distortion of any generation of lenses on the market.

Ready to ditch those readers? Call Schaeffer Eye Center today at (888) 987-2020 to discuss your eyeglasses options in Birmingham.

Spotlight on ReCharge Lenses and Crizal Prevencia Lenses

Eyeglasses are still a highly popular vision correction option for individuals with eyesight problems. However, eyeglass wearers must occasionally contend with certain vision challenges that can cause discomfort and other more serious conditions. Eye care experts understand how these problems can reduce quality of life for eyeglass wearers, which is why they have created specially formulated lenses to address these concerns.

Common Vision Issues for Eyeglass Wearers

When light hits eyeglasses at a particular angle, it can create a distracting and even dangerous glare. Especially when a person with eyeglasses encounters glare while driving a car or using complex machinery, he may be temporarily unable to see, which can lead to harm to himself or others. The increasing presence of electronic devices has also affected vision ease for eyeglass wearers. Smartphones, tablets, and other handheld devices can emit a harmful blue light that tires the eyes and causes head and eye discomfort. Some research also indicates this harmful spectrum of blue light can lead to damage of the retina and macula.

Unique Benefits of ReCharge and Crizal Prevencia Lenses

ReCharge and Crizal Prevencia lenses can combat the problems that commonly impact eyeglass wearers. For one, these lenses can significantly lower the occurrence of glare that many eyeglass wearers experience. They use a selective filter to block out the harmful blue light that reaches the eyes. By being able to stop blue light, these lenses can help eyeglass wearers use their electronic devices for longer periods of time with more comfort and less long-term effects. UV light exposure is a constant vision risk for all individuals regardless of whether they wear eyeglasses, but eyeglass wearers can also benefit from lessened UV exposure when wearing these lenses.

Would you like to learn more about ReCharge and Crizal Prevencia lenses? Then call Schaeffer Eye Center at (888) 987-2020. Our eye care professionals can help you determine if either of these lenses is the right fit for your vision needs. We also offer eye exams and laser vision services for individuals in the greater Birmingham area.

How Multifocal Lenses Slow Down Myopia in Children and Teenagers

Does your child have trouble making out distant objects? Has his teacher noticed issues when he tries to read the dry erase board? If so, your child might suffer from nearsightedness, or myopia. As its common name indicates, individuals with nearsightedness can distinguish images close to the eye, but have issues making out objects and words from afar. Studies indicate, though, that multifocal lenses can decrease the progression of myopia in children.

What causes myopia?

Myopia develops when the eye exhibits unusual structural issues. In some children, the problem might arise if the cornea, which helps incoming light focus at a single point, is overly curved. Other children might have longer than average eyes. A naturally healthy eye assumes a nearly perfectly round shape, but a longer eye makes it more difficult for light to converge at the retina as needed for clear vision.

Why does myopia in children worsen with age?

Children with myopia tend to experience a progressive deterioration of their vision until adulthood. The growing process characteristic of childhood affects many bodily organs, including the eyes. As a result, the eyes may change, making myopia worse. Once the eyes stop their growth, which may not happen until early adulthood, the severity of a person's myopia may begin to stabilize.

How can multifocal lenses address myopia?

Researchers are still learning about the positive effects of multifocal lenses on the eyes of children with myopia. However, current information indicates that when children wear multifocal lenses, which forces light to converge directly onto the retina, it can decrease the stimulus for eye growth. The absence of further growth can stop the progression of myopia and give affected children the chance to enjoy clear vision earlier in life.

Why is decreasing myopia so important?

At Schaeffer Eye Center, it is our job to take care of your eyes today and into the future. By decreasing the progression of growth in the eye, we can help reduce the risk for specific eye conditions such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, and retinal detachments. Populations with longer than average eyes or high degrees of nearsightedness have a statistically higher likelihood of developing these irreversible eye conditions.

Has your child already been diagnosed with myopia? Schaeffer Eye Center can help them see clearly more quickly and prevent long-term eye diseases with our multifocal contact lenses. To schedule an initial consultation with one of our eye care experts in Birmingham, call (888) 987-2020.

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