Is It Time for Bifocals? These Common Signs Might Say So

Wearing bifocals at work

If you are using display screen equipment (DSE) at work it’s important that you have your eyes checked regularly.

Long periods spent working at your screen can cause tired eyes, discomfort, headaches or even short-sightedness. As a result of your eye test, it may be recommended that you try bifocals.

You might think you’re too young for bifocals, but as your vision can begin to deteriorate and show signs of presbyopia from as young as 40, it makes sense to consider your lens and vision options now. Thanks to modern technology, style and accessibility, bifocal readers have never been more modern or crucial in helping you see and focus clearly at any distance, without compromising on look or potentially ageing you prematurely.

So, do you need bifocals? Let’s take a look at the most common signs that it might be time.

You’re holding items at arm’s length

When you pick up your smartphone, digital device, newspaper, or your favourite book, you might find yourself moving the object further away from yourself in order to achieve the right level of focus. This is a classic sign of presbyopia – as we age the ciliary muscles in our eyes weaken, which impacts their flexibility, this means that your eye loses its strength and has trouble focusing like it once did.

You can’t read the menu

There’s nothing better than enjoying a relaxing, pleasant meal with a loved one in an ambient setting. And while the lights are low to create a sense of atmosphere and intimacy, it can make reading the menu and its small print, incredibly challenging. Difficulty focusing in dimly lit settings is another classic sign of presbyopia and that you might need bifocals.


Is driving suddenly frustrating? Do you find yourself able to focus on the road ahead, yet when you look down at the speedometer or glance at your satnav, the details are blurred and out of focus? Not only does this make driving challenging, but it’s also incredibly dangerous, if this is already happening then speak with your optometrist as soon as possible.

You’re suffering from headaches

Whether you’re doing the crossword, filling in paperwork, or helping your kids with their schoolwork, suffering from headaches after periods of performing close-up tasks, could be an indication that you need bifocals. Headaches are often a symptom of eye strain and fatigue and if your eyes have been struggling to focus whilst you’ve been partaking in close-up tasks then it’s likely you’ll experience a headache soon after.

You already have multiple pairs of frames

If you’re already aware of your issues with focusing, then you might have already purchased a pair of “readers” from the supermarket or your nearest drug store. Having multiple pairs of frames available at any time for reading, long-distance and even blue light blocking frames and your sunglasses is an inconvenience. By switching to bifocals you’ll only need to carry one set of frames around with you. Freeing up space in your bag and making your life much simpler.

Final thoughts

Convinced you need bifocals? Speak with your optometrist and do your research online to find the latest in bifocal technology and styles.

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