Grand Rapids' Optical Boutique
We welcome new patients and existing patients alike to our optical boutique with all of today's latest eyewear fashions. The PEWM experience usually includes a personalized comprehensive eye exam including dilation in a relaxed setting by our optometrist who cares greatly about your vision.
Dr. Troy LeBaron believes your eyes are precious and you want up to the minute training on the latest vision care advancements. Schedule an appointment and discover the difference for yourself between a private practice and a franchise.
We are conveniently located just South of M-6 at the corner of Kalamazoo Avenue and 68th St in Grand Rapids, MI (click for hours and maps).
Q&A with Dr. L
Dr. Lebaron Answers Your Eyecare Questions
Why am I having difficulties reading up close?
Presbyopia is a condition where, with age, the eye exhibits a progressively diminished ability to focus on near objects. Presbyopia’s exact mechanisms are not known with certainty; the research evidence most strongly supports a loss of elasticity of the crystalline lens, although changes in the lens’ curvature from continual growth have also been a probable cause.
Like gray hair and wrinkles, presbyopia is a symptom caused by the natural course of aging. The first signs of presbyopia – eyestrain, headaches, watering eyes, difficulty seeing in dim light, problems focusing on small objects and/or fine print – are usually first noticed late 30’s to early 40’s. The ability to focus on near objects declines throughout life, from an accommodation of about 20 dioptres (ability to focus at 2 inches away) in a child, to 10 diopters at age 25 (4 inches), and levels off at 0.5 to 1 diopter at age 60 (ability to focus down to 1–2 yards only).
Corrective lenses provide a range of vision correction, some as high as +4.0 diopter. Some with presbyopia choose progressive or bifocal lenses to eliminate the need for a separate pair of reading glasses; specialized preparations of progressive or bifocals usually require the services of an optometrist. Some newer bifocal or progressive spectacle lenses attempt to correct both near and far vision with the same lens.
Contact lenses can also be used to correct the focusing loss that comes along with presbyopia. Some people choose contact lenses to correct one eye for near and one eye for far with a method called monovision, which can interfere with depth perception due to loss of focusing ability in the other eye. Multifocal contact lens uses simultaneous near and far vision in both eyes. There is a period of neuro-adaptation with multifocal contact lenses that can be difficult and lead to disappointing results. However, 80% of presbyopes do have an acceptable level of vision compared to only 60% of mono-vision patients.