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Top 5 Holiday Gifts for People Who Wear Glasses

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The holiday season is upon us. For most people, that means going online or running to the mall to shop for gifts. When buying a present for someone who wears glasses it’s good to know what’s trending today. At Collierville Vision Center we carry the latest selection of designer frames, prescription eyeglasses and eyewear accessories.

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If someone on your gift list wears glasses, below are 5 gift ideas to inspire you:

1. Gift Card

You can’t go wrong with a Collierville Vision Center gift card. Investing in a loved one’s vision goes beyond just providing clear vision. It shows them that you’re thinking of them and care about their health.

2. A Glasses Case

A quality pair of eyeglasses need to be protected. Buying a nice printed or colored eyeglass case allows people to keep their glasses protected in style. There are thousands of cases to choose from. A hard case is usually the best choice, as it delivers a higher level of protection. Consider your friend or loved one’s style preferences when shopping for the perfect case.

3. Eyeglass Repair Kit

An eyeglass repair kit may not be the most unique holiday gift, but it’s among the most useful gifts to have at home or when traveling. A repair kit usually comes with a microfibre cloth, screwdrivers, tweezers, and more. An eyeglass repair kit can be a lifesaver, especially during holidays and weekends, and for those who are often on the go.

4. NerdWax

Any eyeglass wearer will tell you how annoying it is to have to frequently push up their glasses from the bridge of their nose, or how frustrating those red marks on their nose can be because of their frames.

Nerdwax is a tube of wax that enables glasses to stay in place, all while stopping them from irritating the nose. This simple gift can bring increased comfort to the eyeglasses-wearer, enhancing their quality of life.

5. Cleaning Kit

Because eyeglasses require daily cleaning, an eyeglass cleaning kit is a great gift for those who regularly wear specs. Clean glasses not only offer clearer vision, but they help prevent glare, which enhances safety, particularly while driving. Using a proper cleaning kit also prevents the lenses from scratching and incurring permanent damage. A proper cleaning kit should include lens cleaning solution and at least one microfiber lens cloth.

With the assistance of our team, your gift recipient can choose from a wide selection of eye care products. Contact Collierville Vision Center to find out what a gift card can be used towards this holiday season.

Are Eye Problems More Common in Women Than Men?

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Being a Woman Increases The Chances of Developing Eye Problems

When it comes to eye health and vision, men and women aren’t created equal. It might surprise you to learn that, worldwide, two-thirds of all cases of blindness and visual impairment occur in women.

Read on to learn why being a woman increases the chances of developing eye problems, and how regular visits to your eye doctor can help.

Longer Life Expectancy

Women live about 5 years longer than men on average. Moreover, women tend to remain healthier longer than their male counterparts. According to the World Health Organization, the average woman can expect to live a full 70 years before experiencing a major disease or injury, compared to 67 healthy years for a man.

But a woman’s increased life expectancy has significant implications when it comes to her eye health and vision. Age is a major risk factor for conditions and diseases like glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and dry eye syndrome.

The longer a woman lives, the more likely that she will develop a serious eye condition or disease.

Hormones

Women experience a remarkable amount of hormonal fluctuation throughout their lifespan. Puberty, pregnancy, and menopause all cause surges of estrogen, which can affect vision. Taking birth control pills also can cause visual or ocular symptoms, due to the varying levels of progesterone and estrogen.

Fluctuating estrogen levels can result in dry eye syndrome, which causes uncomfortable symptoms like red, itchy, watery eyes and, if untreated, possibly eye damage. Some women also experience blurred vision during estrogen surges. This is common during pregnancy but vision tends to normalize shortly after birth.

Medications

In almost every society around the world, women take more medication than their male counterparts. This includes both prescription and over-the-counter medications. What many don’t know is that several of these medications can pose significant risks to your eye health and vision, if taken in high dose and over an extended period of time.

Some medications that can affect your eyes include corticosteroids, antihistamines, antimalarials, and antipsychotic and antidepressant medications. Always consult your doctor before taking any prescription or nonprescription medications.

Autoimmune disorders

An autoimmune disease occurs when the body’s own immune system backfires and attacks the body’s own tissue. While the exact reason is still unclear, it is well documented that women have far more autoimmune diseases than men.

According to The National Institutes of Health, 75% of people living with an autoimmune disease are female. Some common autoimmune disorders that impact eye health include rheumatoid arthritis, Sjorgen’s syndrome, multiple sclerosis, lupus, and Graves’ disease (hyperthyroidism). These can cause symptoms like dry and red eyes, foreign-body sensation, pain, changes in vision, and sometimes vision loss.

What Can Women Do To Preserve Their Eye Health?

Whether you are male or female, taking a preventative approach to eye care is the best way to preserve your vision.

Eat a healthy diet rich in vitamins A, C, E, Omega-3’s, and zinc to support eye health. Quit or reduce smoking if you haven’t already. Also, limit your alcohol intake.

In addition to healthy lifestyle choices, a key factor in minimizing your risk of eye disease is seeing your eye doctor regularly.

Having frequent comprehensive eye exams allows your eye doctor to screen your eyes for early signs of disease. By detecting eye disease early, you’ll increase your chances of receiving effective treatment and preserving your vision.

Collierville Vision Center optometrists in Collierville, Tennessee provide expert eye exams and quality eye care services.

Call to schedule your comprehensive eye exam today.

REFERENCES

Women are at Higher Risk for Eye Disease than Men

5 Reasons Why Women are at Higher Risk of Eye Disease

WHAT MAKES WOMEN MORE SUSCEPTIBLE TO EYE DISEASES

Ocular Manifestations of Autoimmune Disease

Dangerous Halloween Makeup Mistakes & How To Avoid Them

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Eye Care in Collierville, Tennessee

Using face paints and eye makeup can be a fun and creative way to dress up this Halloween. But since costume makeup is often applied more heavily than day-to-day makeup, it involves greater risk of eye infection and irritation. Here are our recommendations for keeping your eyes safe and happy while rocking your Halloween makeup look.

  1. Only use products that are intended for use around the sensitive eye area, such as the eyeshadow and eyeliner you use all year long. Many face paints and other products sold before Halloween are not eye-friendly. Be sure to read a product’s instructions before applying it.
  2. Try to use hypoallergenic products to lower the risk of an allergic reaction.
  3. Avoid applying costume makeup directly on your eyes, even if the product’s packaging depicts an image of an eye with closely applied makeup. A good rule to follow is keeping the makeup above the eyebrow.
  4. If you plan to use a new product, test it out on a small area of skin a few days before Halloween to ensure that it won’t irritate your skin.
  5. There is no luminescent or fluorescent cosmetic product that is FDA-approved for use around the eye area. Don’t apply makeup containing these ingredients.
  6. To prevent irritation, promptly remove your eye and face makeup after trick-or-treating or attending a Halloween party.
  7. Follow the removal instructions that are written on the product’s label.
  8. Always replace Halloween makeup from year to year. Using last year’s cosmetics significantly raises your risk of introducing harmful microbes into your eyes.
  9. Never share eye makeup with another person.

Some signs of irritation include eye redness, itchiness, inflammation, pain, sensitivity, or watery eyes. If you experience any uncomfortable symptoms due to eye makeup or anything else, contact Collierville Vision Center for a prompt eye examination. We wish all of our patients a safe and happy Halloween!

REFERENCES 10 Tips for Halloween Makeup Eye Safety

Eye Health Benefits of Eating Pumpkin

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Eye Care in Collierville, Tennessee

Are Pumpkins High in Vitamins & Minerals?

From pumpkin spice lattes to warm and comforting pumpkin soup, this winter squash is a favorite autumn ingredient — and for good reason. Not only are they delicious, they’re packed with several key nutrients that support ocular health. In fact, the nutrients in pumpkins and other carotenoids are strongly associated with a reduced risk of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

Here’s why your eyes will thank you for consuming more pumpkin this autumn.

High in Vitamins A and C

Vitamin A plays a key role in protecting the cornea and supporting clear vision in dimly-lit settings.

When taken in combination with Vitamin A, Vitamin C has been shown to reduce the risk and slow the progression of age-related macular degeneration — a leading cause of blindness in adults. Vitamin C also reduces the risk of developing cataracts.

Great Source of Zeaxanthin and Lutein

Zeaxanthin and Lutein can be thought of as the eye’s natural “sunscreen.” They help filter out damaging high-energy light rays from the eyes.

Consuming sufficient amounts of these nutrients is also linked to a reduced risk of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.

Rich in Zinc

Zinc is an essential nutrient for eye health: high levels of it are found in the retina and choroid (the vascular layer of the eye). Zinc deficiency has been linked to having poor nighttime vision and the presence of cataracts.

It also helps deliver Vitamin A to the retina to form melanin (a pigment that protects the eye).

What’s more, zinc reduced the loss of visual sharpness by 19% and significantly slowed the progression of age-related macular degeneration in the Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) sponsored by the National Eye Institute. The study found that getting 40-80 mg/day of zinc (in combination with other antioxidants) slowed the progression of AMD by 25%. Other studies determined that even a daily zinc intake of 25mg reduces AMD progression.

Some delicious and healthful ways to up your pumpkin intake are roasted pumpkin, pumpkin smoothies, pumpkin seeds for snacking, and last but not least — delectable pumpkin soup.

Below is an easy and nutritious recipe for pumpkin soup that will warm you up on chilly autumn days.

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Pumpkin Soup – Food for the Soul and Your Eyes

You’ll need:

  • 2 sugar pumpkins or 2 ¼ cups of pureed pumpkin
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 shallots, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup coconut milk or other non-dairy milk
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 Tbsp honey or maple syrup
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp each of nutmeg, black pepper, cinnamon

Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Then, cut the tops off the pumpkins and cut them in half. Scrape out all of the seeds with a sharp spoon. Here’s a tip: keep the seeds on the side and roast them later for snacking.

Brush the flesh of the pumpkins with olive oil and place them on the parchment paper, cut side down. Place in the oven for 40-50 minutes, until a fork easily pierces the skin.

Remove the pumpkins from the oven and let them cool enough to handle. Remove the skin from the pumpkin and set aside.

In a medium pot placed over medium/high heat, add the olive oil, diced shallots, and garlic. Cook until translucent or slightly browned, stirring occasionally.

Add the pumpkin and remaining ingredients to the pot and simmer for 20 minutes.

Use an immersion blender to puree the soup into a thick and creamy bisque.

Serve hot and enjoy!

REFERENCE Pumpkin picking for eye health

Risks Of Decorative Contact Lenses

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Contact Lens Exam at Collierville Vision Center

Changing the look of your eyes with the help of decorative contact lenses can take your Halloween costume to the next level. But did you know that purchasing these lenses without a prescription from an eye doctor can actually pose serious harm to your eyes and eyesight?

Keep your eyes healthy this Halloween by asking Dr. Brandon Walley about the safest way to obtain and wear colored or cosmetic contact lenses.

How Can Decorative Contact Lenses Harm Your Eyes?

Because decorative contact lenses usually don’t correct vision, many consumers believe that it’s fine to purchase them without a prescription, online, from a street vendor, or beauty supply store. The truth is that decorative contact lenses can increase your risk of serious eye disease.

While few eye doctors stock decorative lenses, your eye doctor can provide you with a contact lens prescription based on an examination and fitting, as well as instructions on how to care for them in a safe, hygienic way. Never order lenses unless they conform to an optometrist’s prescription.

Some of the risks of decorative lenses include:

  • Bacterial or viral infection
  • Allergic reaction (red, watery eyes)
  • Corneal abrasion (a cut or scratch on the eye’s surface)
  • Permanent changes to vision
  • Blindness

Decorative contact lenses are often made by unlicensed manufacturers that tend to use lesser-quality or toxic materials such as lead (often used in lens coloring), which can get absorbed through the eyes into the bloodstream. They also may contain high levels of bacteria from unsanitary packaging, shipping, and storage conditions. We think that’s a reason to be spooked!

Furthermore, wearing decorative contacts without a proper fitting by an optometrist can lead to a permanently damaged or scarred cornea. The feeling of dryness that sometimes accompanies wearing these contacts often means they fit poorly and are scratching the cornea.

Even if you don’t need vision correction but still want to wear decorative contact lenses, make an appointment with Dr. Brandon Walley for a comprehensive eye exam and contact lens fitting to avoid potential eye damage.

Checklist for Decorative Contact Lens Wearers

  • Make sure to undergo a comprehensive eye exam by an eye doctor, who will measure your eyes and provide a thorough fitting of the contacts.
  • Obtain a valid prescription that includes all relevant information, like the contacts’ parameters, expiration date, and brand name.
  • Ensure the contact lenses you’ve ordered match the prescription in every detail.
  • Always purchase decorative contact lenses from a reliable retailer (tip: reliable retailers should demand a prescription.)
  • Carefully follow the hygiene instructions for cleaning, inserting, removing, and storing lenses laid out by your eye doctor.
  • Make sure to undergo a follow-up eye exam as directed by your eye care professional.
  • Never share contact lenses with anyone else.

By following these guidelines for safe contact lens use, you’ll be able to enjoy your Halloween without the worry or discomfort of an eye infection or damaged cornea. To schedule your comprehensive eye exam, call Collierville Vision Center or visit our Collierville office.

Is Your Teen Ready To Wear Contact Lenses?

Contact Lens Exam in Collierville

Contact Lens Exam in Collierville

Some parents may deny their teens’ requests for purchasing contact lenses, thinking they’re too young. So it may come as a surprise to hear that the FDA deems it safe for children as young as 8 to wear certain types of contact lenses. Caring for and inserting contacts requires some maturity, and each parent must decide if their child is prepared for that level of responsibility. If your child is interested in wearing contact lenses, Dr. Brandon Walley can guide both you and your child down the path to achieving clear and comfortable ‘glasses-free’ vision.

What Makes a Teen Ready For Contact Lenses?

Before deciding whether your teen is ready to wear contacts, consider the following:

Hygiene

Maintaining proper hygiene is crucial for contact lens wearers of all ages. They must thoroughly wash their hands before they insert, remove or clean their lenses. Furthermore, contact lenses are in constant contact with protein molecules in the tears, which leads to protein buildup on the lens surface. This can cause the eyes to feel irritated and itchy, and even cause an infection. Examine your teen’s personal hygiene habits, and discuss the importance of caring for lenses properly and safely.

Adherence to Recommended Wear Time

One of the biggest causes of eye infection in those who wear contact lenses is overuse. Your teen must be able to understand and follow the recommended wearing schedule. If wearing a bi-weekly or monthly disposable lens, they would need to keep track of when to discard the current pair of lenses and open a new pair. Additionally, wearing contacts longer than recommended (such as overnight) can deprive the eyes of oxygen, which can lead to corneal damage.

Daily disposable contact lenses are a great choice for first-time contact lens wearers since users discard them daily, after each use, and don’t need to clean the lenses.

Pre-Existing Eye Conditions

If your child has allergies, dry eye, frequent bouts of pink eye or eye infections, speak with Dr. Brandon Walley to determine whether contact lenses might increase their risk of these conditions.

Why Some Teens Prefer Contact Lenses

Contact lenses offer various benefits that your teen doesn’t experience with glasses. Someone who wears glasses may think twice before participating in some physical activities or sports for fear of losing or damaging their glasses. If your teen enjoys sports or outdoor activities, wearing contact lenses can relieve this fear.

Additionally, contact lenses provide clear peripheral vision, while glasses do not. In some cases of a teen or child with a very high prescription, contact lenses can offer clearer and more natural vision than standard glasses. Soft contact lenses are suitable for a wide range of prescriptions and astigmatisms and could be a great choice for your teen.

Moreover, eyewear — or lack thereof — is an essential part of a teen’s image and personal style. Most teens like the idea of having the option to wear either glasses or contacts.

If you think your teen is ready for contact lenses, we’d be happy to help them find the perfect pair for their individual lifestyle and visual needs. At Collierville Vision Center, we offer a wide variety of frames and contact lenses, so that every teen who comes to us leaves with eyewear that makes them feel confident while offering them the clearest and most comfortable vision possible.

 

COVID-19 Office Updates

Beginning May 4, we will re-open for routine eye care. We will still have limited hours to allow for enough time to saniztize between patients and at the end of the day. Our new patient care hours will be Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 8:00-3:00. We will remain closed on Wednesdays, and will be available for pick-ups only Friday from 8:00-11:30.

Dr. Walley will be operating the clinic on his own during this time, so please be patient if he doesn’t answer the phone or immediately call you back. Leave a message or send an email to colliervillevision@gmail.com and he will reach back out to you as soon as possible.

If you need to order contacts you can still do that through our website by clicking on the “Order Contacts” button at the top of the page. You can also make an appointment by clicking the “Book Online” button at the top of the page.

We are looking forward to opening back up and serving you and will strive to keep you as safe as possible. Dr. Walley will be wearing a protective mask during your appointment, and we ask if you have one, please wear yours as well.

 

 

How Early and How Often Should My Child Have an Eye Exam?

In today’s blog I am going to discuss a couple of questions that I get asked pretty often. Those two questions are.

  1. When should my child have their first eye exam?
  2. How often should my child have their eye’s examined?

This may sound early, but I recommend bringing your child in for their first exam at around 6 months old. This visit is very important because we are making sure that your child doesn’t have any serious vision or eye health issues. We don’t expect to get very much feedback from the child, but we can still learn a lot about how your child’s eyes are developing at this visit. We are looking for major, hereditary eye problems like cataracts, glaucoma, crossed eyes, and many other serious conditions. If a child has any of these issues, the earlier we can detect and treat the better. We are also making sure they don’t need glasses and ensuring that their eye muscles are starting to develop correctly. We generally don’t prescribe glasses this young unless a child has a pretty high prescription, but we always need to check. After 6 months, your child’s vision starts to develop rapidly. So, this visit is very important to ensure there is nothing getting in the way of your child’s development during this critical time.

Assuming that everything checks out ok at the 6 month appointment, I recommend the next visit at around the age of 5. At this visit most children are very interactive and some can even start reading the eye chart for us. We are checking all of the same things as we did at the 6 month appointment, but we can get a lot more information from the child at this point. We still want to ensure your child doesn’t need glasses, and we are also checking to make sure their eye muscles are working correctly. Checking the eye muscles is very important, because this is the time your child is learning to read. We want to make sure their eye muscles are working properly so they can track across a page when reading, locate objects accurately, and have good depth perception. If something is not working properly here, we need to correct it quickly so it doesn’t get in the way of learning or other activities such as sports.

If your child does need glasses at the 5 year appointment, I recommend yearly exams going forward. If your child doesn’t need glasses then every two years going forward is ok, just be sure to observe your child’s vision and make sure you aren’t noticing any problems. If everyone in your family wears glasses, it’s usually a good idea to have your child checked once a year, just to make sure.

The last thing I will mention here is that a screening at your child’s school or pediatricians office is not a substitute for an eye exam. Reading a couple of lines from an eye chart doesn’t always mean they have good vision and healthy eyes. There are a lot of hidden eye problems that can be missed without having a comprehensive eye exam.

Thank you for taking the time to read this. If you have any questions feel free to email me at colliervillevision@gmail.com or call my office at 901-853-8180.

Dr. Walley

Signs That Your Child Has a Vision Problem

Healthy eyes and good vision are essential for your child’s growth and development. In fact, learning is 80% visual, which means a child’s success in school, athletics and many other aspects of life can be impacted by poor vision. Good vision goes beyond how far you can see, and also includes a number of other skills such as visual processing and eye movement abilities.

Often times vision deficiencies are at the root of learning problems and behavioral issues and may unfortunately go unchecked and misdiagnosed. Remember, if your child is having trouble in school, an eye exam and a pair of prescription glasses is a much easier solution than treating a learning disorder or ADHD; yet many people fail to check that first.

It is common for children to think that their vision deficiency is normal and therefore they often won’t report it to parents or teachers. That is why it is even more important to know what to look for. Here are some signs that your child may have a vision problem:

Vision Signs

  • Squinting or blinking often
  • Eye rubbing
  • Tilting the head to the side
  • Covering one eye
  • One eye that turns out or in
  • Reporting double vision
  • Holding books or reading materials very close to the face

 

Behavioral Signs

  • Complaining of headaches or eye fatigue
  • Short attention span
  • Difficulty reading
  • Losing their place frequently when reading
  • Avoiding reading or any activity that requires close work
  • Problems with reading comprehension or recall
  • Behavioral issues that stem from frustration and/or boredom
  • Poor performance and achievement in school or athletics
  • Working twice as hard to achieve minimal performance in school

Another issue is that many parents and teachers think that a school vision screening is sufficient to assess a child’s vision, so if that test comes back okay, they believe there is no vision problem. This however, is far from the case. A school vision test usually only assesses visual acuity for distance vision or how far a child can see. Even a child with 20/20 vision can have significant vision problems that prevent them from seeing, reading and processing visual information.

Every child of school age should have comprehensive eye and vision exams on a regular, yearly basis to assess their eye and vision health, and ensure that any issues are addressed as soon as possible. It’s also important to have an exam prior to entering kindergarten, as undetected lazy eye may be more complicated to treat past seven years of age.

Some of the issues the eye doctor may look for, in addition to good visual acuity, are the ability to focus, eye teaming and tracking, visual perception, hand-eye coordination, depth perception and peripheral vision. They will also assess the health of the eye and look for any underlying conditions that may be impairing vision. Depending on the problem the eye doctor may prescribe eyeglasses, contact lenses or vision therapy to correct the issue.

During the school years a child’s eyes and vision continue to develop and change so it is important to continually check in on your child’s vision. If you have a family history of vision problems, follow-ups are even more important. Progressive conditions like progressive myopia, strabismus (crossed eyes), amblyopia (lazy eye) or astigmatism can be treated and monitored for changes with early treatment so it’s important to seek a doctor’s diagnosis as soon as signs or symptoms are present.

Make sure that your child has the best possible chances for success in school and add a comprehensive eye exam to your back to school to-do list.

How To Fix Short Arms

This is a continuation of my previous post about why people need reading glasses in their early 40s. If you missed that post be sure to go back and read about it here.

Why Are My Arms Getting Shorter Doc??

These are the reasons you should read this article and also why you should stop buying reading glasses.

-If you can’t find a fashionable pair of reading glasses.

-If you are tired of losing your reading glasses. (People usually take better care of glasses made especially for them)

-If reading glasses give you a headache.

-If you don’t like taking your reading glasses off to see peoples faces.

Side note, if you see someone wearing reading glasses and they look at you like they don’t recognize you, it’s because they really don’t because your face is blurry.

-If you don’t want to wear glasses at all.

If you have gotten to this point in the article, it probably means you don’t want to wear reading glasses anymore for possibly one of the reasons I mentioned above. Now I’ll go over some options to help you see better up close. Keep in mind, everyone’s eyes are different and what worked for someone you know may not work the same for you, which is a great segway into the first option here.

  1. Multifocal Contact lenses. Multifocal contacts are designed to help you see up close and far away. They are shaped sort of like a bullseye, one ring helps you see up close, one ring helps you see far away, etc. When you put them on, your brain figures out which ring is in focus at which distance, and you can see. Most people that wear multifocals can see very well in good lighting conditions, but tend to have some difficulty reading small print like menus when they are in dim lighting situations. Some multifocal wearers also complain that their distance vision at night is not as good. Otherwise, during the day, in good lighting conditions you should be able to see most things you need to see. If you are a perfectionist, have a lot of astigmatism, or want to be able to tie fishing line in the dark, multifocals may not be for you. Otherwise, multifocals work great for most people.
  1. Monovision Contact Lenses. Monovision contacts work by correcting one eye to see in the distance and correcting the other eye to see up close. This is what eye doctors used before we had multifocal contacts, and it still works pretty well for many people. It takes a couple of weeks to get used to, because your depth perception will be off a bit, but after getting used to it, most monovision wearers are happy. We mostly use monovision for people that have astigmatism, or patients that aren’t happy with multifocals.
  1. Progressive Glasses. Progressive glasses are designed to help you see at any and all distances. They work by progressively getting stronger as you move down in the lens. So, the top part of the lens helps you see far away, the middle part helps you see intermediate distances like your computer screen, and the lower part helps you see things up close like your phone. These lenses give you the most range, flexibility, and clarity of all the lens options. It does take a bit of time to adapt to, because I tell people wearing a progressive is like learning how to ride a bike without training wheels. Once people get used to them, they are usually very happy with their vision. The only limitation with progressives is a smaller area of peripheral vision. To see objects in your peripheral vision it tends to work better to turn your head to see things. For instance when driving a car it works best to turn your head to check your blind spot as opposed to cutting your eyes to the side.
  1. Bifocals and Trifocals. Bifocals are the traditional glasses that you see with a line across the bottom for reading. Trifocals have two lines, one at the bottom for reading, and one at the top for intermediate distances. These work well for people that have trouble adapting to progressives, or people who don’t do a lot of multi-tasking. Bifocals only have two focal points, and trifocals only have three focal points. So, with bifocals out of the top you can only see things very far away and out of the bottom you can only see things that are close to you, so if you want to see something in your intermediate vision you will have to either get closer to it or further away from it. Some people don’t like the look of having a line in their lenses, but most of the time it’s hard to tell that someone is wearing them until you get fairly close.

That’s it! Most people do very well using one or a combination of the options I discussed. If you still have questions about any of them feel free to email me at colliervillevision@gmail.com

If you would like to watch my YouTube video explaining this head on over to this link https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=F8LLAccbN0Q

Thank you for reading!

Dr. Walley