• Should my close vision be checked as part of my eye exam?


    Question:

    I am 65 and wear bifocals. At my last eye exam, the doctor did not ask me to read anything. Should my close vision be checked as part of my eye exam?


    Answer:

    It is often not necessary to check the near vision separately from the distance vision. Knowing your age, your current bifocal prescription, along with your distance vision and exam findings, it then becomes a simple matter to calculate what the bifocal segment will require. If one were having issues with reading vision, then assessing the near vision separately may be helpful.


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