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How to find cheap contact lenses for older people

Updated on April 1, 2012

Contact lenses for older people are now more popular than ever. There are different types of lenses available for different eye problems, but they generally fall into two categories of hard and soft lenses. Almost anyone can wear contact lenses although special care is needed for children and older people. Contact lenses for older people can treat short sightedness and long sightedness. There are also lenses available for astigmatism and presbyopia. Contact lenses are held in place by the tears in the eye between the lens and the front of the eye. Most contact lenses for older people are worn on a daily basis and they should not be worn overnight. In some cases your optician may advise you that it is safe to wear your lenses when sleeping but check if you are not sure. After an eye examination, which includes checking your eyes are suitable for contact lenses as well as eye problems and the early signs of eye disease, your optician will fit the lenses. They will check that your tears are a good quality to ensure that the lenses are kept lubricated. They will also measure the size of your cornea, the pupil and the position of your eyelids to ensure the correct size lenses are fitted.

People who are prone to allergies can be more sensitive to contact lenses. It's best to take contact lenses out while flying as the pressurised air in the cabin dries out the eye and reduces the flow of oxygen to the cornea. Sleeping in contact lenses for older people is unadvisable unless they are made especially for that. Make up can be worn while wearing contact lenses but it is much better if you insert them before you start applying any make up. Follow-up appointments with the optician are vital for contact lens wearers. It is also advisable to carry a pair of glasses in case a lens is lost or becomes uncomfortable.

Contact lenses for older people
Contact lenses for older people

How to choose contact lenses for older people

1. Hard, soft, gas permeable, continuous wear, disposable or bifocal contact lenses. These are available in many designs to meet your individual needs.

2. Monovision instead of reading glasses or bifocals. You wear a contact lens, focussed for near vision, on one eye. It works for many.

3. Monovision in place of bifocal eyeglasses. You wear a pair of contact lenses, one focussed for near and other for distant vision. Many people adapt to this easily.

4. Bifocal contact lenses, like bifocal eyeglasses have a prescription for both near and far vision in each lens. They come in a variety of designs.

The final lens choice and choice of contact lenses for older people, however, depends on the results of your eye examination. Your optometrist will advise about which option is right for you.

how to choose contact lenses for people over forty
how to choose contact lenses for people over forty

Factors to use when choosing the right contact lenses for people over forty

You want contact lenses that will be comfortable and compatible with your lifestyle and give you the best vision possible. That's possible even though your eye care needs are now more complicated than they were a few years ago. It means that you must consult with your eye care practitioner, who should be experienced in prescribing for people over 40. He or she should be willing to spend the extra time that may be needed to prescribe contacts that meet your vision needs and not compromise your eye health. Thorough care is more than fitting contact lenses. Remember, an experienced concerned doctor of optometry will:

1. Offer a variety of types and designs of lenses because no single type or design will work for everyone.

2. Provide a comprehensive eye examination, covering your general health and vision history; and include a series of tests to determine eye health, evaluate your vision needs and determine your prescription; and use additional procedures to prescribe contacts and determine which lens is best suited to your eyes. It usually takes 30-60 minutes.

3. Offer office visits for follow-up care during the first few weeks of wear.

4. Provide long-term care on a regular basis for as long as you wear your lenses.

Make your optometrist your partner

Go to your examination prepared to discuss:

Your family health history and matters such as your allergies, prescription and over-the-counter medications you use, and any general health problems that you have.

Your occupational and recreational seeing needs.

Any visual difficulties that you are experiencing.

Ask your optometrist about the pros and cons of the different types of bifocal contacts and about monovision. Bring up any concerns you have about contact lenses wear. You may, for example, have questions about adapting to contacts; caring for them; or putting on and removing them.

Your new knowledge combined with your optometrist's expertise and experience makes the prefect partnership for selecting the right contact lens for you.

Cost of contact lens

Your total cost should cover your comprehensive diagnostic examination; the lenses; lens care kit; training on lens wear and care procedures; and follow up visits over a specified period of time.

Ask your optometrist to tell you the total fee in advance and what it covers.

Be wary of so called bargain prices. They may not cover the examination and follow-up care. You need and deserve thorough care.

Help yourself to safe, successful long-term wear

When you receive proper care, you will find today's contact lenses are marvelous for seeing and a joy to wear. They will give you more natural vision and a more youthful appearance.

To maintain your good vision and comfortable wear, you need to follow your optometrist's instructions about wearing and caring for your lenses.

You also need to return periodically for a professional evaluation of your eye health and vision status, and the condition of your lenses. Since the frequency of on-going follow-up varies by lens type and individual, your optometrist will advise what is right for you.


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      9 years ago

      I think contact lenses are great for older people as well. My dad uses them too.

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      R. Williams 

      9 years ago

      All contact lens wearers, but especially the elderly can benefit from manufacturer coupons. Simply go the web site of the people who make the lenses you wear, and there is a good chance they'll have a coupon. On occasion, you can even combine these with special offers from online retailers. It may take a little bit of research, but the savings is worth it, especially in today's economy.


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