There is nothing more devastating than the day you start to lose you up close vision. For most of us, this will occur sometime in our early forties. Although this is an alarming event, it’s a typical age-related change known as Presbyopia (Greek for ‘old man eyes’ – medical definitions are cruel).
The 40’s are also when the vast majority of contact lens wearers stop wearing their lenses as their primary mode of correction. The most significant contributors to this are because of increased dryness and poor near vision.
Clinically, we often find that although dryness may play some role, the most significant factor is most likely the poor near vision. When we don’t see clearly, we start to focus more on our eyes or our visual system mentally.
Alcon, a world leader in developing innovative contact lens technologies, such as overnight contact lenses and one-day disposable contact lenses, has launched a new ‘multifocal’ or ‘Bifocal’ contact lens. Multifocal contact lenses are designed to allow users to focus smoothly and comfortably between both distant and near objects.
This multifocal contact lens was developed on their proven Air Optix Aqua platform, which has been shown to help with ocular dryness symptoms. The lens also comes with 3 reading power ranges (low, medium and high reading powers) offering eye doctors increased ability to try and tailor your contact lenses to your unique prescription. It also means that the product is capable of evolving along with you as your vision changes.
Although your 40’s and 50’s may prove to be a very dynamic time for your vision, it does not have to mean giving up contact lenses entirely. Multifocal contact lenses such as the Air Optix Aqua Multifocal are perfect for sports, social outings, working on the computer and perhaps everyday wear. Although nothing will ever compare to your eyes natural focusing system of your earlier years, multifocal contact lenses can give you freedom from having to wear progressive eyeglasses all the time; which is an excellent alternative for people living active lifestyles.
Most multifocal lenses such as the Air Optix Aqua Multifocal are monthly disposable contact lenses and cost approximately 25% more than traditional spherical contact lenses.
Visit one of our eye doctors at Kingsway Optometry and ask if multifocal contact lenses are an option for you, you may be surprised at what you are missing.
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