Magazine article USA TODAY

Are Baby Boomers Conceding to Age? (Generations)

Magazine article USA TODAY

Are Baby Boomers Conceding to Age? (Generations)

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Baby boomers are donning things they swore they absolutely would never wear, according to the 2002 Varilux Boomer Watch survey. Although they said they would never be seen dead in them, 52% are wearing bifocals and other items from the past, including jogging suits (19%), overalls (13%), and "granny glasses" (11%).

Boomers are reaching for their bifocals because of the onset of an age-related eye deterioration condition called presbyopia, which everybody gets eventually, but, according to Varilux, most boomers (70%) don't know anything about. Many image-conscious boomers are in their 40s and 50s and beginning to experience the first signs of this harbinger of middle age. However, they may be relieved to learn that, like wrinkles, gray hair, and other signs of aging, presbyopia is treatable and doesn't have to mean the sacrifice of personal style.

Baby boomers are America's most-influential generation and have seen everything from Vietnam and Woodstock to the fall of the Berlin Wall and the rise of Starbucks. Now, they may bear witness to another landmark movement, as gravity and age-related health conditions take hold and aging boomers begin to resemble their parents--if only physically. If history is any indication, boomers--with unprecedented access to technologically advanced solutions to the various signs of aging--won't just stand by and let aging take hold on their appearance.

Forty-six percent surveyed said they would consider having laser eye surgery. Many people believe that any eye condition can be cured with the aid of surgery, but, despite many advances in medical science, presbyopia is still unavoidable and incurable. …

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