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Contact Lenses for Presbyopia and older people

Updated on January 23, 2009

Presbyopia, a natural part of aging


Contact lenses for presbyopia are widely popular these days and you should check it out over eyeglasses. After age 40, most people need new glasses for reading or other close-up activities. The culprit is Presbyopia, a natural hardening of the lens within the eye that reduces its ability to focus on near objects and it is a natural part of aging. The first symptoms most people notice are difficulty reading fine print, particularly in low light conditions, eyestrain when reading for long periods, blur at near or momentarily blurred vision when transitioning between viewing distances. The main sign that you're developing presbyopia is that you need to hold menus, newspapers and other reading material farther from your eyes in order to see it clearly.


Contact lens for presbyopia
Contact lens for presbyopia

Contact lenses to correct your presbyopia vision

Read my other informative hub on how to choose the right contact lenses for more relevant information on the different types of contact lenses available.

Most people like the idea of correcting their vision without advertising their age. With progressives, and the wide selection of today's small, fashionable frames or contact lenses its easy to see your best and be stylish as well.

In the past, many people chose Bifocals to correct presbyopia. The upper portion of the lens is for distance and lower portion is for near vision. The two parts of the lens are divided by a visible line which can be distracting and unattractive.

Trifocals are lenses divided into three segments, for distance, intermediate and near viewing. These lenses have even more lines to get in the way of good vision and good looks.

You may prefer Reading contact lenses, which are only used for close up vision. For distance vision, you will need to remove them or need another pair of eye glasses or contact lenses.

The best choice is progressive lenses. Progressive lenses correct for distance, intemediate and near vision without distracting and unattractive lines. "Progressives", as they are often called, have rapidly become the most popular type of lens for those who need reading correction but don't want the world to know.

People older than 40 enjoy Biking, jogging, exercising and playing sports and other sport related activities. So, to suit your lifestyle, you prefer using contact lenses over routine eyeglasses. A number of multifocal contact lens options are available for you to consider.

Multifocal contact lenses offer the best of both worlds: no glasses, along with good near and distance vision. Contact lenses for presbyopia is very popular and is highly preferred my most people over 40.

It's very important to set your expectations reasonable to have your multifocal contact lenses work for you. These lenses may not match the clarity you get with bifocal or progressive eyeglass lenses. In that case, you may need a separate additional pair of eyeglasses for specific tasks like driving at night or reading small print.

But it's reasonable to expect multifocal contact lenses to give you very acceptable vision for 80 percent of your daily activities, and without the need for supplemental eyeglasses.

In helping you reach a decision on choosing the right contact lenses for presbyopia, your eyecare professional will consider your vision, the health of your eyes, and your specific visual needs.

A good optician should make recommendations based on your:

  • prescription
  • frame size, and
  • vision needs (for sports, driving, etc.)

Contact your eye care professional to decide what contact lenses are best for you and your needs. Read and research on the internet and use google. There is plenty of information available on Contact lenses for Presbyopia.



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      9 years ago

      It wont take too long when i have to use these contacts myself.

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      10 years ago

      Interesting Article, I knew that it was related to Aging but was not aware of the Medical Term "Presbyopia".


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