From mid-forties and on, everyone's vision changes as the eyes' focus becomes less flexible. So what contact lens options are available for the 40s-plus age group?
There are a number of ways for contact lenses to achieve both distant and near focus. Each method has its own features and limitations. What will work best for you depends not only on your eye health and optical prescription but also on your visual needs and expectations. Most methods require some adaptation time.
Presbyopic contact lens options include
- Multifocal contact lenses
- Monovision correction -changing the contact lens strength in one eye to aid reading
- Near work glasses to wear over the top of contact lenses
Multifocal contact lenses vary in strength across the lens. Multifocal lenses supply light at different focusses to your eyes and your eyes and brain sort out which focus distance to concentrate on. This differs to bifocal or progressive spectacle lenses which vary in strength depending on where you look.
Monovision relies on wearing a contact lens that is clear for long distance in your dominant eye and a contact lens clear for near work in your other eye. It may sound a little strange, but this method works successfully in many people.
Combinations of contact lenses and glasses
Combinations of contact lenses and spectacles are often used to help out near work. This is especially the case if reading correction is only needed occasionally. Wearers of multifocal contact lenses can also be use 'over-readers' to enhance focus for fine tasks.
There are lots of different types and combinations possible. If you're at the age where you need assistance for reading, come in and see us in Launceston and find out what contact lens options can work for you.