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Reviewed December 29, 2015
What You'll Get
Choose from Three Options
- $15 for Eye Exam and $100 Towards Prescription Eye Glasses or Prescription Sunglasses ($250 value)
- $20 for Eye Exam and $175 Toward Prescription Glasses or Prescription Sunglasses ($300 value)
- $89 for Contact Lens Exam, One Follow Up Exam, and One Pair of Contact Lenses and $25 Toward Year Supply of Contact Lenses ($350 value)
Bifocals: What Happened When Benjamin Franklin Got Old
If you have trouble with both near and distance vision, there’s a good chance you’ll need bifocals. Read on to trace bifocals’s path from invention to potential obsolescence.
After age 40, the world at hand becomes a little blurry for most people. They may find themselves leaning back from their laptop screens or holding the newspaper at arm’s length to focus on small type—an ability that’s been diminished by a natural stiffening of the eye’s lens, which reduces its focusing power. Unfair as it may seem, this does nothing to cancel out the effects of nearsightedness, so people who already wear glasses to correct myopia must pop bifocal lenses into their frames.
Benjamin Franklin was responsible for the first set of bifocals, which he assembled by simply sticking distance lenses into a frame above near lenses. Although the application was clumsy, the theory stuck around. Modern bifocals still have a lower region for looking at nearby objects such as a book or a hamster that you are making sure isn’t trying to talk to you. Versions with a near-vision panel embedded conveniently where your eyes will focus when reading are still in use, but they’ve been outstripped by no-line or progressive bifocals. In these, the prescription changes gradually across the middle, eliminating the sensation that images are jumping as your eyes cross a hard border. These, too, soon might become obsolete: there now exist lenses with a near-vision zone made of liquid crystal that’s activated by the tap of a finger or prehensile eyelash.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires 120 days after purchase. Amount paid never expires. Consultation required; non-candidates and other refund requests will be honored before service provided. Not valid with insurance. Appointment required. Merchant's standard cancellation policy applies (any fees not to exceed Groupon price). Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. All goods or services must be used by the same person. 24 hour cancellation notice required. Eye Exam options 1 and 2 are valid only for eye glass prescriptions; not valid towards contact lens exam. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.