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Aging Eyes and Multifocal Lenses

Over 40? It may be time to talk about presbyopia.

Many of our 40 to 45 year old patients notice that their eyes have lost the ability to focus up close, especially in low light. Stretching their arms away from their eyes to read a book or restaurant menu is a typical sign of presbyopia.

Presbyopia affects nearly everyone. It happens because as we age the eye’s crystalline lens loses its elasticity, making it more difficult to focus. Fortunately, presbyopia is a very treatable condition.

Reading glasses are often the first solution that comes to mind. The hectic pace of the day makes it easy to be caught without a pair, however. And for some people, the idea of pulling out reading glasses at a restaurant–say during a business lunch or dinner with someone special–isn’t very appealing.

Thankfully, multifocal contact lenses are an option that many people now favor.

One solution we recommend is CooperVision Biofinity® multifocal lenses with Balanced ProgressiveTechnology. Some contact lenses for presbyopia are like miniature bifocal glasses with near vision correction on the bottom and distance vision correction on top. In other cases, a different lens for each eye–one for distance vision and one for close-up vision.

But Biofinity multifocal lenses are different. This advanced design features multiple zones of vision correction in both lenses, so both of your eyes can see near, far and in-between with excellent clarity. These lenses are naturally wettable and very breathable, so they’re soft, comfortable and healthier for your eyes, too.

To learn more about presbyopia and whether contact lenses are right for you, contact us today or schedule an appointment. We’re here to help!

*Nothing in this article is to be construed as medical advice, nor is it intended to replace the recommendations of a medical professional. For specific questions, please see your eye care practitioner.