Aging is tough. Changing is tough. We get it. There are many people who are reluctant to admit that their eyesight is not what it used to be. They resort to squinting, making guesses about things they probably shouldn’t, or avoiding certain situations altogether because they realize they are no longer seeing clearly. If you are fearful that admitting vision change will “doom” you to a life of glasses or bifocals, you don’t have to be. You may have more options than you think.
The first step would be to schedule an appointment with an Optometrist if you find you are straining to see or notice any changes in your vision. A routine eye exam is very simple and will allow the Doctor to determine an accurate and current prescription for your eyes. This is an especially good idea if you have not had a thorough vision screening in over a year.
After you learn the actual state of your vision, your Doctor can then go over your options with you. Many people whose vision only changes as they get older, may only really need glasses to enhance their vision while reading. Non-prescription reading glasses can easily be picked up in many stores now, with varying degrees of magnification. In recent years, they have become a very popular and affordable alternative to traditional reading glasses. They even come in modern looking styles.
Virtually Invisible Vision Correction
Another option for those who may be hesitant to change their appearance by going the glasses route is to select contact lenses. Contact lenses are nearly completely undetectable, utilize advanced technology, and are designed to be so comfortable that you can’t even tell you are wearing anything. Your Optometrist will take careful measurements of your eyes to ensure the best fit.
Laser technology like Lasik can be another alternative to wearing glasses. Certain criteria must be met before qualifying for this procedure so you must schedule a consultative exam with your Optometrist first. Your Doctor will perform all of the essential aspects of a standard eye exam, but also take precise measurements of your corneal curvature and thickness.
Finally, if you and your Doctor both determine that wearing glasses regularly is the right solution for you, there is no reason to worry or feel disappointed. In recent years, glasses have made a huge comeback in fashion. Top designers like Tom Ford, Calvin Klein, Vera Wang, and Ralph Lauren have all worked to create sophisticated and chic eyewear lines for men and women. Nearly every major clothing designer also crafts glasses now because they realize that perfect vision does not last forever and at some point, essentially all of their customers are going to also purchase glasses. They also understand that stylish glasses can complete and compliment your look, not take away from it.
The reluctance in “succumbing” to and admitting to your visual imperfections is common and understandable to our experienced Optometrists. We work with patients every day who are less than excited to see their perfect vision as no longer perfect. However, with the numerous and flexible options listed above, we are certain that there is a solution with which you could leave our office happy.
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