Vision Correction in Your 40s and 50s

Even if you’ve never worn eyeglasses or corrective lenses, chances are you know about nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), and astigmatism. You may even have 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.

Presbyopia is a normal, natural part of our eyes’ aging process, and it happens to just about everyone. As you age, the crystalline lens in your eye hardens and loses elasticity. With this loss of flexibility, your eyes are less able to adjust properly to focus near objects. You may start to experience blurry vision when reading or looking at your smartphone. Then, focusing between distances can become more difficult.

While presbyopia can’t be corrected with laser eye surgery or vision shaping therapy, you still have several options that will help provide clear vision – both near and far: 

Multifocal Contact Lenses

Bausch + Lomb Multi-Focal contact lenses are designed to provide clear vision—up close, far away and in between. These lenses feature the 3-Zone Progressive design that eases the transitions eyes have to make from near to far distance. Talk to your eye care professional to see if Bausch + Lomb Ultra for Presbyopia or Biotrue ONEday for Presbyopia contact lenses are right for you.

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.

Eyeglasses

If you prefer to wear eyeglasses for vision correction, reading glasses or readers may help. There are also plenty of options with bifocal, trifocal and progressive eyeglass lenses. 

Cataracts and Presbyopia

Crystalens AO lens is an artificial lens implant that can treat both a person's cataracts and presbyopia—the clouding or hardening of your lenses, and the loss of near and intermediate vision, respectively. Like a natural lens, this artificial lens implant uses the eye muscle to flex and accommodate in order to focus on objects in the environment at all distances. Crystalens dynamically adjusts to your visual needs.


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