You move your left up close, you move your left out… and now you can see!
Sep 11, 2018
Doing the Hokey Pokey with Your Vision
You move your left hand out, you move your left hand close, you move your left hand out and... now you can see your cell phone screen clearly.
If this sounds familiar, you probably have presbyopia and, most likely, you have age to thank.
You’re in Good Company
Presbyopia is when your eyes gradually lose the ability to see things clearly up close, and it’s a completely normal part of aging.1 Just look around, and you’ll see how many people are doing the Presbyopia Hokey Pokey.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 123 million Americans will be presbyopic by 2020, and worldwide, that number is expected to reach 2.1 billion people.2
Just to put those numbers into perspective, 123 million people equals the total population of California, Texas, Florida, and New York combined! That’s a lot of hokeying!
The Multifocal Option
Holding your cell phone at arm’s length may seem like an easy solution, but there are better options. Reading glasses may be all you need, and you can purchase them without a prescription.
“But I already wear contacts, and I don’t want to do double duty!”
Then multifocal contact lenses might be right for you! Some multifocal contact lenses have a bifocal design with two distinct lens powers — one for your distance vision and one for near. Others have a multifocal design like progressive eyeglass lenses, with a gradual change in lens power for a natural visual transition from distance to close-up.3
Multifocal contacts are available in soft or rigid gas permeable lenses and extended or daily wear. Regardless of which contact lens you chose, be patient and give your eyes plenty of time to adjust.
Talk to Your Doc
Now that you know the ins and outs and nears and fars of presbyopia, you can talk to your doctor to see if multifocals are for you. Then get ready to shake it all about!