Presbyopia is the gradual loss of the eye's ability to actively focus on close objects.
Nov 11, 2015
Presbyopia – The condition & its impact on active lifestyles
For most people, staying active is key to a quality lifestyle – whether it’s taking in a sporting event, frolicking at a resort, or just catching up on the latest gossip with friends over lunch. But there’s no denying you lose a lot of that “quality” if you can’t see and appreciate everything clearly.
So, if you’re like many people over the age of 40 who find themselves struggling to focus on close objects or small print – and, yes, that includes everything from smart phones to restaurant menus – take note: you may be developing a vision issue known as presbyopia.
Presbyopia is the gradual loss of the eye’s ability to actively focus on close objects. It occurs with the natural course of aging – generally starting around the age of 40 – and requires some form of vision correction to deal with its effect.
Some of the most common symptoms include:
The need to hold reading material at arm’s length
Blurred vision at a normal reading distance
Headaches or fatigue from doing close work
Your eye care professional can help select the best and most comfortable vision correction option that meets your needs. But one effective, corrective option to correct presbyopia is specially designed multifocal contact lenses.
Contact lenses for presbyopia and active lifestyles
Multifocal contact lenses are contact lenses that can not only deliver the clear vision you need, but they also have the advantage of fitting easily into your daily routine – whether at work, home, away on business, or even playing sports – while providing all-day comfort. And, of course, help you look your best.
Three things to remember when selecting multifocal contact lenses:
Be patient: The brain needs to learn how to adapt to new and/or different contact lens prescriptions. Because multifocal contact lenses are designed to help correct vision issues for all distances, near through far, correcting presbyopia takes time.
Know what to expect: Your eye care professional can help you understand and set expectations about the fitting process, which is important in achieving vision satisfaction. This includes testing the contact lenses over one to two weeks.
All-day comfort is the key: The material contact lenses are made of is important. Some multifocal contact lenses are made of material that has been shown to maintain comfort and vision even after a month of wear. So, be sure to ask your eye care professional about multifocal contact lenses made to maintain their comfort even after the end of a month of wear, which is the key to satisfaction.