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Prescription glasses and lenses
When you reach your 40s your eyesight starts to change. Presbyopia, or blurred near vision, affects everyone sooner or later. Don't panic - you just need an eye test to determine which eyewear is right for you.
If you need one prescription for distance vision and another for close work, then bifocals could be the answer. This means that the lens in your glasses is divided into two different strengths so that you won't have to worry about carrying two pairs of glasses with you.
Varifocals give you all the benefits of different prescriptions in the same lens, but without the telltale line that bifocals can have. The lenses in varifocals gradually change from your distance prescription to your close-up one, so they look just like ordinary glasses and you can use them for work, driving and when you go out.
It may take you a little time to get used to varifocals and you should not use them for driving in the first few days - until you are used to them.
When you need a little help to focus on the newspaper or your latest book, reading glasses offer a simple solution. With a prescription that helps keep the words pin-sharp, you can carry on enjoying the crossword or your favourite author.
When wearing glasses isn't convenient, contact lenses may be a suitable alternative. For sports or active recreation, or for when you want to change your outfit, comfortable contact lenses give you more options. You can even have them with varifocal prescriptions.
If you need eyewear but don't know what type will be best for you, your optician will recommend various options.
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