Even if you’ve never worn eyeglasses or corrective lenses, chances are you know about nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), and astigmatism. You may have even developed one of these vision correction conditions. But there’s one other condition that commonly develops in people around the age of 40 you may not have heard of: presbyopia.
What is Presbyopia?
It’s not a disease or an illness. Presbyopia is a normal, natural part of our eyes’ aging process, and it happens to just about everyone; even if you’ve had laser eye surgery.
Presbyopia is simply the result of your lens becoming less flexible. As you age, the lens in each of your eyes begins to lose its ability to change shape easily – which allows your eyes to focus quickly on a single object or a page of text. The less elastic your lenses become, the harder it is to focus. That’s when eyeglasses or contact lenses come into play.
While presbyopia can’t be corrected with laser eye surgery or vision shaping therapy, you still have several options that will help keep your vision at 20/20 – both near and far.
What are Multifocal Contact Lenses?
Multifocal contact lenses – including PureVision® Multi-Focal Contact Lenses – can correct presbyopia so you can see comfortably up close and at a distance while enjoying the benefits and freedom of wearing contact lenses instead of reading glasses or bifocals.
What about Magnifiers and Vision Accessories
Embroidering, building models, reading maps, and seeing the numbers on small technical instruments can become challenging as we move into presbyopia and experience other changes in vision. Brighter lighting can help with close-up work, but sometimes you need additional help.
Magnifiers bring fine print and needlework into focus, and they come in many sizes to help match the level of magnification you need for your task.
And if you need both hands to perform delicate work, you can use a hands free magnifier.
If you prefer to wear eyeglasses for vision correction, you can learn about bifocal and trifocal lenses and their attributes at All About Vision, a consumer guide to eye care and vision correction.