Say Goodbye to Reading Glasses!
Presbyopia occurs due to aging, just like wrinkles on your skin. Caused by a loss of flexibility of the lens of your eye, your ability to focus on close-up objects becomes weaker. You may find yourself holding books or menus farther from your face in order to see the fine print clearly. Reading for long periods can lead to eyestrain and headaches.
It doesn’t matter whether you’ve been wearing eyeglasses for years or always enjoyed 20/20 vision, presbyopia affects almost everyone over the age of 40. Fortunately, presbyopia can be treated easily and efficiently. Schedule an eye exam with Dr. Michael Vaske - our Parker, CO optometrist - to restore your comfortable vision!
Contemporary Correction for Presbyopia: Multifocal Contact Lenses
Many people associate presbyopia with the unattractive reading glasses that Grandma wore. However, old-fashioned glasses on a chain or bifocals with an unsightly line across the middle of the lens are no longer your only option for great vision!
Multifocal/bifocal contact lenses are an ideal solution for many of our patients. They can help you read from a page near your eyes, as well as provide crisp vision of faraway scenery. Modern materials and advanced technology have led to the development of extremely comfortable multifocal contact lenses, such as silicon hydrogel. Even patients classified as “hard-to-fit” can often enjoy the benefits of wearing multifocal contacts for presbyopia.
Types of Multifocal/Bifocal Contact Lenses
Contact lenses offer clear vision with ultimate convenience. Available in both rigid gas permeable and soft versions, multifocal contact lenses are gaining in popularity. No matter which type you wear, they all sharpen your near vision. Each type of multifocal lens has unique features, pros and cons:
These are the easiest type of multifocal lenses for your eye to adapt to wearing. They can be worn on a short-term, non-daily basis.
Hard, Gas Permeable Lenses
Vision may be crisper with these contacts, yet they require adaptation by the wearer. You will need to wear these contact lenses daily in order for your eye to get used to them.
Concentric Bifocal Pattern Lenses
This is the most commonly prescribed contact lens for bifocal and multifocal contacts. Generally, correction for near vision is located in a small circle in the center of the lens, and the surrounding edges of the contact lens contain the prescription for distance vision.
Hybrid Multifocal Contacts
Hybrid lenses are designed with a hard, gas permeable center and a soft periphery. Many people find these contact lenses easy to wear, with optimal vision results.
Nowadays, there’s no need to stay chained to your reading glasses in order to see clearly! To learn more about contact lenses for presbyopia, contact our office in Parker, CO, for an eye exam with Dr. Mike Vaske. We’ll find the perfect vision correction for you!