4 Facts to Know About Near Vision Issues from Park Ophthalmology

After age 40, many people find it harder to see items and print up close. Individuals will often hold a book or newspaper at arm’s length to focus on what is needed. This very common condition, called Presbyopia, is a natural part of aging and it often sends people to the Triangle’s Park Ophthalmology for their first set of reading glasses or contact lenses. However, these same patients may have no need for distance correction; the same glasses which allow them to read can make distant objects appear blurry. Ophthalmologist Beth R. Friedland MD customizes treatment so that each patient receives vision correction that provides the best outcome for both good sight and health.

Here are four important facts to know about Presbyopia and its treatment:

  • It’s natural: Eyes age naturally. Presbyopia is Greek for “old eye.” The lens, which changes shape to focus on different distances, becomes less flexible with age. People who have never worn glasses find that after age 40, they need vision correction. Inexpensive, non-prescription “readers” from the local drugstore often provide help until the patient can see an eye care professional.
  • Single-vision lenses: A possible treatment for presbyopia is a prescription for single-vision eye glasses. Single vision means that the lenses provide the same magnification throughout. Although they correct near vision, single-vision lenses can cause distant objects to look distorted or blurry for those patients who retain good distance vision.
  • Progressive lenses: Progressive lenses have two or three different vision corrections in each lens. The top part of the lens provides distance correction, while the lower portion serves for near-vision. These lenses can solve the problem of having to change between distance and reading glasses. They are similar to bifocals, but their refraction changes gradually from bottom to top so no there is no visible line.
  • Contact lenses: There are multi-focal contact lenses on the market that provide correction for both near and close vision. Dr. Friedland will discuss whether contact lenses are suitable options for individual patients.

As patients age, they find close-up tasks challenging; it is time to contact Park Ophthalmology. Call Dr. Beth R. Friedland’s offices in Durham and Raleigh to take the first step in restoring near vision. New patients are currently being accepted at both of our convenient locations.


Park Ophthalmology welcomes patients from all areas of the Triangle and offers a wide variety of specialized services including surgery for diseases of the eye, vision examinations, eye safety information, sports medicine protective eyewear and counseling, contact lenses and evaluation, and all types of ocular diagnosis and treatment. Many types of surgery are available, including cataract and laser surgery. We are here for you and your eye and overall health. Give us a call today!

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This article about the vision care is brought to you by the professional team at Park Ophthalmology located in the Triangle Region of North Carolina.

The information contained in this blog article is intended solely for informational purposes and is not intended to be offered as medical advice.


Park Ophthalmology

5306 NC Highway 55, Suite 102 (adjacent to the RTP/ Research Triangle Park)

Durham, NC 27713

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6512 Six Forks Road, Suite 105

Raleigh, NC 27615

919 846 6915

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