Nearly 11 Million People in the United States Have Eye Condition Known as Presbyopia; That Number Expected to Continue to Grow
Aug 06, 2013
Presbyopia Poised to Become Global Vision Correction Issue for People over the Age of 402
FORT WORTH, Texas, July 10, 2013 – Nearly 111 million people in the United States have an eye condition known as presbyopia.1 This population is expected to reach nearly 123 million people in the U.S. by 2020, representing a more than 36 percent increase of the population.1 Yet only 10 percent of this population is aware of this condition and knows to discuss with their eye care professional changes in their vision that may be caused by presbyopia, potentially creating a global vision correction issue within the next seven years.1,2
Presbyopia usually occurs after the age of 40, and involves the gradual loss of the eye’s ability to actively focus on close objects, such as smartphones, computers, books and restaurant menus.3 Initial signs of presbyopia include eyestrain, difficulty seeing in dim light and struggles focusing on small objects and/or fine print.3
According to a global report on presbyopia issued in 2012 by Market Scope, worldwide, nearly 1.7 billion people have presbyopia. The same report indicated this number is expected to soar to 2.1 billion by 2020.1 To ensure consumers are aware of this vision condition and determine if they have presbyopia, they should initiate discussions with an eye care professional to confirm diagnosis and discuss options to correct the condition.
“Most people who have presbyopia don’t know what it is, how or why it happens and what vision correction options are available to help,” said Victoria Dzurinko, O.D., F.A.A.O., of Bonds Eye Care, located in Downingtown, PA. “Often without realizing it, people start to use workarounds, like stretching their arms out to read a menu, because their ability to focus is so compromised.”
Correcting the Emotional & Visual Impact of Presbyopia
Research shows that presbyopia is a significant and emotional event in an adult’s life and is the first sign of aging that they could not hide.4 Many people stop using contact lenses after 40 because of comfort and other vision issues;5 however, research also shows that people with presbyopia feel that reading glasses make them feel old.4
Vision correction options, such as multifocal glasses or contact lenses are available to help those people with presbyopia see clearly at all distances – both near and far. However it is important for people to understand that correcting presbyopia will require the brain to learn how to adapt to new and different vision correction prescriptions.
“Like the condition itself, selecting the right solution is a gradual process so patient expectations must be set from the beginning,” says Roy Kline, O.D., a practicing eye care professional in Glen Falls, NY. “With all my presbyopic patients, my overall goal is to achieve ‘20/happy’ vision.”
Multifocal contact lenses are designed to help with all stages of presbyopia and may be the best option for those people with presbyopia who do not want to wear glasses full-time. AIR OPTIX® AQUA multifocal contact lenses are the leading multifocal lenses available. Recommended by eye care professionals, AIR OPTIX® AQUA multifocal contact lenses provide clear vision near through far, and outstanding, all-day comfort day one through day 30.
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Important information for AIR OPTIX® Multifocal (lotrafilcon B) contact lenses: For daily wear or extended wear up to 6 nights for near/far-sightedness and/or presbyopia. Risk of serious eye problems (i.e., corneal ulcer) is greater for extended wear. In rare cases, loss of vision may result. Side effects like discomfort, mild burning or stinging may occur.
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2012 Global Presbyopia Report by Market Scope, LLC
AOAMF Global Multifocal Penetration/Market Assessment study on U.S., Germany, Japan markets, March 2011