Over 100 million people around the world enjoy the convenience and freedom of contact lenses. Although the majority of contact lens wearers in the U.S. are female and under 40, more recently, contact lenses are being chosen by a wider range of age groups for their greater convenience in certain situations such as sports and recreation. In these cases, they are often used interchangeably with glasses, giving people the flexibility to use the most suitable option for the activity at hand.
At some point in their 40s, virtually everyone needs vision correction for close distances due to a natural reduction in the focusing power of the eye that is termed presbyopia. For contact lens wearers, this used to mean the need to wear reading glasses over their contacts or giving up contact lens wear altogether. This is no longer the case.
About 30 years ago, a revolution in spectacle lenses began with the introduction of progressive power spectacle lenses. These enabled people who needed bifocals with their notoriously visible (or "ageing") horizontal line to use a lens that had no lines at all yet gave clear vision at all distances. The same principle of progressive power correction is now available in multifocal contact lenses meaning that even those of us who have passed 40 can wear contact lenses and see everything we need to. These lenses use ingenious optical designs to simultaneously correct all ranges of vision enabling wearers to drive, read and use computers without any further assistance.
So, are you suitable for multifocal contact lenses?
It's easy to find out. After we provide you with a brief assessment, you can trial the lenses to be sure that they will give you the comfort and vision you need. Options are available in daily disposables such as clariti® 1 day multifocal or Proclear® 1 day multifocal, and also in monthly disposables, such as Biofinity® multifocal. Even if you have astigmatism, there are multifocal lenses available such as Proclear multifocal toric. We can help determine which modality is better suited for your lifestyle and needs. The key point is that there are a range of excellent alternatives that can be assessed to find the best option for you.
The goal is always to find the right solution tailored for each individual. For further information about multifocal contact lenses or to arrange a trial, please contact us today!
VISION & HEALTH NEWSLETTER COURTESY OF:
Eli Ben Moshe, O.D.
4822 NEWPORT AVE
SAN DIEGO, CA 92107