Why Is The Print So Tiny & Hard To Read?

September 16th, 2013
senior man squinting looking at phone

For many people, age 40 means you’re at the top of your game: achieving success at work, still physically fit, enjoying an active social life and maybe coaching your child’s soccer or Little League team.

Life is good. But there’s one noticeable difference. Somehow, overnight the print on the prescription bottle, ingredients on the food labels and type on the Dallas Morning News website got too small. The harder you try to bring everything into focus, the more frustrated you become. What’s going on?

“40 may be the new 30,” but not always when it comes to our eyes. “As we age, the lens and the muscles inside the eye become less flexible and focusing – called accommodation – gets a little harder. It happens gradually until we suddenly realize how hard it is to read the fine print. The official medical term for this is presbyopia but many people just call it the “over 40 eye.”

You can reach for the reading glasses or upgrade to bifocals if you already wear glasses or contacts. But if that idea is just too depressing, don’t worry. You have several excellent options. Here’s what you need to know about how to reverse the “over 40 eye.”

LifeStyle Lenses

Initially designed for cataracts, LifeStyle Lenses are permanently implanted inside the eye. They’re designed to “turn back the clock” by making your vision sharper, crisp and “in focus” at all distances. The goal for our Dallas and Fort Worth patients is to improve their vision so they can stop relying on readers or bifocals.

Kleiman Evangelista Eye Centers offers four different types of LifeStyle Lenses: AcroSof® IQ ReSTOR®; STAAR Toric IOL™; Crystalens HD™; and Tecnis® Multifocal. Each type of lens offers different benefits. Which one is best for you is very individual and will depend on your corrective needs, your expectations and your lifestyle.


If you wear contacts or know someone who does, you may have heard about monovision where the vision in one eye is corrected for distance and the other eye is corrected for near or close-up vision. But if you’re tired of contacts or don’t want to wear them, you can achieve monovision with Blade-Free LASIK or with a LifeStyle Lens.

LASIK surgery changes the shape of your cornea to allow the light to focus correctly on the retina at the back of the eye. Monovision LASIK is a special technique where the shape of the cornea in one eye is corrected for distance and the other eye is corrected for near vision. LifeStyle Lenses can accomplish the same goal by implanting lenses of different powers or correction in each eye.

Thanks to amazing improvements in technology, it’s no longer necessary to put up with less than good vision – or to resort to readers or bifocals if you don’t need to. Want to learn more about which option is best for you? Give us a call at 1-800-714-2020 or click around our website.

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