If you happen to be in your 40s or older, having trouble seeing clearly at near is very normal. This is not a disease, but can be very bothersome to many people. Each time we look at something up close, the lens inside our eye needs to change shape to make objects appear clear. Over time, the lens becomes more rigid, making it harder for the lens to change for near tasks. The early to mid 40s is normally when people start noticing these changes.
When this happens, two different prescriptions are needed: one for distance, and one for near.
There are many options to help with this. For some, simple over-the-counter reading glasses does the trick. Others who are slightly near sighted may just remove their glasses to read. Most people prefer wearing a progressive lens that has both prescriptions in the same lens (these lenses have no visible line). Also, multifocal contact lenses are becoming increasingly popular and work quite well for some people.
If you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to call our office at 403-526-2020.