What a Sight! Should I Get Bifocals?

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The idea of someone wearing bifocals may conjure the image of a hunched-over elderly person, but that is an antiquated, stereotypical view of the type of person who needs bifocals.

Older adults may be more inclined to ask the optometrist, "Should I get bifocals?" 

But age is just a number when it comes to bifocals. Even young children sometimes are prescribed bifocal lenses to protect their eyesight and improve their ability to see when switching between different distances. Bifocals should not have a stigma. 

In fact, nearly 30 percent of the population is affected by nearsightedness, according to the American Optometric Association. Of course, bifocals have evolved quite a bit since Benjamin Franklin first invented them back in 1780 and have even evolved from the ones your great-grandma used to wear. Getting used to bifocals is easier than ever because the extra lens is blended into the glass without a clear dividing line. They even exist in the form of contact lenses so no one has to know you are wearing them.