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Can a teenager get bifocals?

Asked by RandomGirl (3357points) March 5th, 2013

I’m 16, and I got glasses for the first time about 3 months ago. They’re just fine, but in the past few days I’ve realized that I’d been moving toward being dependent on them for close-up (I need them for distance). Since that realization, I’ve been doing the whole taking-them-off-and-putting-them-on-a-million-times-a-day thing. It has helped with the headaches, I think, and the transition between the two focusing powers (glasses and no glasses) isn’t that hard. I guess my vision is really adaptable, which is a good thing.

The thing is, it’s getting frustrating. I’m homeschooled, so I’ll be sitting in the living room or dining room concentrating on school, when someone will start talking to me, or I’ll take a short break and walk around the house or something, and I’ll have to put my glasses on. The worst is when I’m baking or doing a craft. Most of the time when I’m doing something like this, I’ll be staring into the distance – put the glasses on. Then I’ll need to look at the recipe or instructions – take ‘em off. I’ve tried looking under or over the lenses, but it just doesn’t work.

So… I’m wondering: Can a 16-year-old get bifocals? It seems like the most reasonable and most convenient option. My parents like the idea, too, and they’re willing to pay a bit more if needed. I have an appointment scheduled with the ophthalmologist next week, so I’d like to know what my options are.

It really seems like I should be able to. It’s just a different lens, right? Why wouldn’t they be able to give it to me? Just because older people tend to need in more often than teenagers doesn’t mean they won’t let me… right?

Of course, all this is built on the assumption that the bottom half of the lens can be 0 magnification. Can it? It seems like it could.

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gailcalled's avatar

You can have bifocal lens ground any way you want. Your idea seems ingenious and makes sense if your vision test confirms what you have observed.

Some people need correcting in only one eye, for example, and wear glasses (corrective lens for the bad eye and window glass for the good one).

Ophthalmologist will help you.

SavoirFaire's avatar

Yes, a teenager can get bifocals. One of my best friends got them at age 16, so I don’t see why you wouldn’t be able to do the same.

KNOWITALL's avatar

I had bi-focals in 7th grade, then had to get braces, so my eye doctor and mom thought I should try contacts. They work great for me, and are so much easier and cheaper.

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marinelife's avatar

Sure, if you need them. The no-line bifocals are great for not advertising that you have them.

Bellatrix's avatar

I’m sure you can get them. Some people can find wearing them a bit disorienting at first. Probably in a similar way to the experience you have had recently. I had them for a really short time (then I had surgery) but I recall the optometrist warning me it can take a little while to get used to wearing them. Let us know how you go!

tedibear's avatar

One of my best friends got them at 17 and my college roommate got them at 20. So yes, it’s possible. And easier than the on-off-on-off routine.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

I need glasses to see long distance. My vision changed over time and I kept the old glasses for use when it’s close up. Or I just take them off in the office. That works the best for me. Bifocals wouldn’t work that well for me.

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