Presbyopia is a common vision issue that is a natural process which occurs with age. While eyeglasses can correct this issue, contact lenses may be preferred by those who live a more active lifestyle.
Presbyopia is an issue that usually presents with age, that causes blurred near vision. It typically starts to affect people at around age 40, even those who have never had vision problems before.
When the condition first manifests, a person will feel a need to squint or hold reading materials further than usual from them in order to properly focus. Other common symptoms include headaches, eye strain, and fatigue.
Most experts believe presbyopia is caused by changes to the eye’s lens. As someone ages, the lens gets harder and less flexible, leading to an increased difficulty focusing on nearby objects.
For many people who realize they are in the early stages of presbyopia, contact lenses will be a better option as they allow for a more active lifestyle than glasses. Also, contacts make it less obvious that someone requires vision correction.
Bifocal contact lenses are a popular choice for presbyopia correction. They come in both soft and gas permeable (rigid) materials. These lenses have two distinct powers: one for distance vision and another for near vision. The arrangement of these powers can differ based on your needs; for example, the near power might be in the center with the far vision on the outer part, or vice versa. Your eye doctor will guide you in choosing the best bifocal layout based on your vision needs.
Like bifocal lenses, multifocal contacts offer multiple prescriptions in a single lens. However, the power transitions gradually, mimicking the natural behavior of progressive eyeglass lenses. They are available in both soft and rigid gas permeable materials. Multifocal lenses can be daily disposables or extended wear, depending on your lifestyle and eye health. These are particularly useful if you also require intermediate vision correction. Learn more about bifocal and multifocal contact lenses.
Monovision is another approach to treating presbyopia. In this setup, one eye is corrected for near vision and the other for distance. Your eyes will naturally adjust depending on whether you are looking at something close or far away. This method might take some getting used to, but many find it effective.
Hybrid contact lenses offer a rigid gas permeable center and a soft lens skirt. The rigid center provides clear, sharp vision, while the soft skirt offers comfort. They're a bit more expensive but can offer the best of both worlds for presbyopia patients who also want comfort.
For those who prefer the convenience of not having to remove lenses daily, extended wear contacts can be a good option. These lenses are designed to be safe for overnight wear, but it's crucial to consult your eye care professional to ensure that they are appropriate for your specific eye condition.
Remember, the most suitable type of lens for you will depend on various factors including your lifestyle, eye health, and specific vision needs. Always consult your optometrist for personalized advice
If you have other questions regarding your personal situation, or more questions in general about the contact lens options for correcting your presbyopia, you should consult your eye care professionals.
Don’t let your presbyopia and need for corrective lenses hold you back from an active lifestyle. There are several options available regarding contact lenses to correct your vision. If you have any questions or wish to schedule an appointment, you can reach out to your nearest Amplify EyeCare practice either via a call or in-person visit. Our team of eye care professionals is ready and equipped to provide you with the care you need.