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And if you can't, new higher-tech glasses, contacts, or easy surgery will bring even the numbers on your cell phone into focus

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Before you go ahead, though, it's a good idea to test how much the blurriness bothers you and how well you'll adapt by using monovision contact lenses. Don't make up your mind till you've worn the lenses at least a month, advises Andrea Thau, O.D., associate clinical professor at the SUNY College of Optometry in New York City.

Some doctors also offer monovision corrections using implanted lenses. Even though this technique is a good option for patients needing lens replacements because of cataracts, using it simply to correct for presbyopia is "controversial," says Dr. Bower. "When you're removing a clear lens that didn't need replacing, you have to consider the risks versus the gains."

Originally published on July 20, 2012

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