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Jul 1, 2024 | Fashion Eyewear

Vision After 40: 5 Signs You Might Need Progressives

As we age, our eyes naturally change. If you’re over 40, you might notice that your vision isn’t quite what it used to be. At Dr. Gary Tracy Optometry & Eyewear on the Upper West Side, we’re here to help you understand these changes and find the right solutions. One popular solution for age-related eye issues is progressive lenses. Here are five signs you might need progressives. 

1. Difficulty reading small print 

Do you have to hold books, menus, or your phone at arm’s length to see clearly? This is one of the first signs of presbyopia, a common age-related condition. Progressive lenses can help correct this by providing clear vision at all distances without the need for multiple pairs of glasses. 

2. Eye strain and fatigue 

Are your eyes feeling tired after a long day at work or after reading for a while? Eye strain and fatigue are common signs that your vision needs have changed. Progressive lenses can help reduce this strain by providing the right prescription for all distances, ensuring that your eyes don’t have to work as hard to focus. 

3. Frequent headaches 

Do you often get headaches, especially after tasks that require focusing on close objects? This could be a sign of uncorrected vision problems like presbyopia. Progressive lenses can help relieve these headaches by giving you clear vision at all distances, reducing the effort your eyes need to make. 

4. Trouble transitioning between distances 

Do you struggle to switch focus between near and far objects, like reading a book and then looking up at a distant sign? Progressives could be the solution. These lenses provide clear vision at multiple distances, making it easier for you to transition between tasks without having to switch to different glasses. 

5. Blurry vision at close range 

Are objects up close starting to look blurry? As we age, the lenses in our eyes become less flexible, making it harder to focus on up-close objects. Progressive lenses help you see clearly at all distances without needing reading glasses. 

If you’re over 40 and experiencing any of these signs, it might be time to consider progressive lenses. At Dr. Gary Tracy Optometry & Eyewear, we’re here to help you navigate these changes and ensure you continue to enjoy clear, comfortable vision. We offer a carefully curated selection of eyewear on the Upper West Side along with the latest lens options for better vision quality. Schedule an appointment with us today to learn more about progressive lenses and how they can enhance your vision after 40.