Varifocals or graded lenses are a very practical solution to the common problems of middle-aged eyesight, allowing you to see everything through just one pair of glasses. They are wonderfully versatile – more magnification down low for use at your desk, kitchen worktop or at the supermarket checkout, and progressively less magnification as you gaze upward to the middle distance and horizon. Using a desktop computer usually requires a different prescription, so don’t feel your optician is just trying to flog you something you don’t need!
It’s important not to lift your chin and squash the neck back to peer through the reading zone at the bottom of your varifocals.
A head jutting forward typically causes back and shoulder tension, headaches, circulatory disorders, osteoarthritis, RSI and nerve pain. None of which are acceptable side-effects of a desk job or wearing glasses!
Alternatively, contact lenses for sport, in the garden, walking, running or driving can be a real liberation. They free up your peripheral vision, which is otherwise restricted by frames and the need to look through the ‘sweet spot’ area of the glasses. Being free from frames also encourages us to retain the larger movements of our eye ball muscles, and avoids over-using the neck – if the neck position is too curved or forward, years of unnecessary wear and tear will result.
The best possible combo comes from the right eyewear and the right posture. Upright yet relaxed, with the back of the neck tall and head balanced. This is the very alignment you would have enjoyed quite naturally as a young child. With guidance, you can turn around the restrictive forward drift of the head and neck and return towards this open, mobile and healthier place.
If you’d be interested in finding out more including tips on correcting posture, get in touch- Clare Chapman: 07892 231 317