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Multifocal Contact Lenses For People Over 40

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If you have just passed your 40th birthday, you may have started to notice some changes in your vision.  If you are beyond that, you probably noticed this a while ago. Either way, we can help.

You might find yourself holding written material further away from you in order to clearly read the fine print,

You might have a harder time adjusting your focus from distant objects to near ones, or find that after you spend time on your computer or cell phone, and then looking off at a distance, things look blurry for a little while.

All of this can be frustrating.   

Fortunately, this problem can be solved in several different ways. 

1-   The most common way is using eyeglasses with Progressive Addition Lenses (PAL’s).  Other options include bifocals, or separate distance and near glasses.

2-   The next option is wearing multifocal contact lenses.

3-   Another option is Multifocal Ortho-k.  These are specially designed molding lenses that are worn at night, while you sleep.  It reshapes the cornea, so you can see clearly at distance and at near.  Please peruse our website.  There is a lot that we have written about these lenses, and we have a special section of our patient’s vide testimonials so you can learn directly from our patients about how well these work and how much freedom they give you/

Let’s explain the cause and symptoms of presbyopia, and the many benefits of wearing multifocal contact lenses or multifocal ortho-k.

What Is Presbyopia? 

When we are born, the lens in the eye is very elastic (flexible) and has a lot of focusing ability so you can change focus easily when looking from distance to near.  By the time we reach 20, it has lost about half of its focusing ability.  Bu about 40, it has lost enough focusing ability so that it becomes noticeable and makes seeing at near a lot more difficult.  This is a normal, and gradual process, called Presbyopia.  I like to call it 40-itis (forty-eye-tis).  

Multifocal Contact Lenses for Presbyopia

Multifocal contact lenses are specially designed to have multiple lens powers so you can see clearly at distance, at near, and everything in between. 

Certain multifocal contact lenses have 2 lens powers (bifocals), for near and distance vision, and others have a more gradual power change, similar to progressive lenses. These contact lenses can be made using soft materials or rigid gas-permeable materials, and are available as daytime or extended night-wear lenses. 

Note that multifocal contact lenses are not perfect for all situations.  There are different designs of these lenses and at times, we may need to find the one that works best for you.  We will guide you through the process.  Standard lenses may be fine, but we can also customize this based on your needs. 

The benefit of Multifocal Ortho-k is that we shape your cornea at night, while sleeping, so you don’t need to wear anything during the day.  It is kind of like turning back the clock and resetting it so you can once again see clearly at distance and at near, without having to wear a contact lens during the day. 

Call our office Family Eye Care in Old Bridge to find out the options that you have BEYOND reading glasses.  Schedule a visit and a contact lens examination!

Q&A: 

#1: Are there any "cons" related to wearing multifocal contact lenses? 

Many multifocal contact lenses use a "simultaneous vision" design that enables you to see at both distance and near simultaneously through concentric zones. Some people have problems adapting to this.  Some people feel their vision is hazy and they have less contrast than single vision lenses.   

#2: When does presbyopia stabilize?

Most people will start to develop age-related vision changes starting in their early to mid-40s. The changes continue to happen until the mid 60’s and we can modify the lenses as that happens, Around 60 years of age, your eyesight usually stabilizes and there is usually less of a need to make changes.  Yearly comprehensive eye exams at that point are more important than ever, to detect potential eye conditions and diseases early on, such as cholesterol in the body, glaucoma, changes due to diabetes, etc.

You can reach us at 732-679-2020.