Three Signs That It’s Time For Bifocals

Many people need bifocals as they age, but it can be tough to tell when it’s time for you to make the switch. Presbyopia, or the loss of the ability to focus on close objects, is a natural part of the aging process. If you also need help seeing objects that are far away, bifocals are an ideal way to combine two prescriptions into one pair of glasses.

Normally, the lens inside your eye can bend easily, allowing it to bend light rays. This change in the shape of the light rays that enter your eye allows you to focus on objects that are close to you. When presbyopia occurs, the lens has become less flexible than before. Most people notice the first symptoms of presbyopia around age 40. Let’s take a look at some signs that it may be time to talk to your optometrist and see if it makes sense for you to make the switch.


One of the most common signs of the need for a change in your eyeglass prescription is frequent headaches. If you’re experiencing headaches after doing work close to your eyes (such as reading or using your cell phone for an extended period of time), it may be a sign that your vision is changing, and you need some extra help focusing on close objects. In addition to headaches, you may also find that you feel more tired than usual from handling your typical workload. This can be a sign that your body is expending extra energy to do the same amount of work as before. If you’re feeling exhausted and you’re having headaches after doing work that requires you to place objects or reading material close to your eyes, be sure to chat with your optometrist.

Need For Brighter Lighting

Have you noticed that you’re no longer able to sit next to your favorite lamp and enjoy a good book at night? As presbyopia increases, many people find that they need brighter and brighter lights in order to see objects in front of them. If the light bulb in your favorite lamp has been replaced recently and you’re still finding that it’s now too dark to do your normal activities, it may be a sign that your eyesight is declining.

Needing To Distance Reading Material

Do you need to hold a book or magazine at an arm’s length to properly focus on the text? This is a telltale sign that it’s time to make the switch to bifocals. Pay attention to the distance you need to read – moving things away to an arm’s length can become an automatic behavior, and you may not even notice that you’ve been doing it.

If you’re finding that it’s time to make the switch to bifocals, talk to your optometrist as soon as possible. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how much easier bifocals make everyday tasks.