Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Why Women Need Bifocals Sooner than Men

Women often need bifocals sooner than men of approximately the same age. “While it may come as a surprise and may not be obvious, we actually see this pretty often during regular eye exams,” noted Tyler Hall, M.D., Ophthalmologist & Corneal Specialist at Alabama Eye & Cataract Center in Birmingham, AL. Researchers reporting the journal Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science (IOVS) found that women tend to need bifocals sooner to correct their near vision and the onset of presbyopia-the age related near vision focusing problem. The studies show that presbyopia, the inability to see at a close distance that occurs with age, is more common in women. While men and women need bifocals as they age, the need is more common among women and tends to hit them at younger ages than men. “It is believed that while men and women appeared to actually have the same focusing ability when looking at nearby objects, because women are generally shorter than the men, with proportionally shorter arm lengths, they needed to hold objects closer to their faces when reading and thus required the near vision presbyopia correction of bifocals, reading glasses or even bifocal contact lenses sooner,” explained Dr. Hall.

If you have questions or concerns near vision focusing problems such as presbyopia or questions about bifocals and reading glasses please schedule an eye exam by calling Alabama Eye & Cataract Center in Birmingham at 205-930-0930, visiting Alabama Eye & Cataract Center or facebook.com/michelsonlaservision.

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