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Contact Lenses over Age 40

By Edited Apr 19, 2016 0 0

Contact lenses have become popular in all age ranges. When a person reaches age 40, however, presbyopia can affect the type of contact lenses that the person would need to wear to have the best visual acuity. Presbyopia usually starts around age 40 and it makes it difficult for people to see near distances. Struggling to see near does not have to prevent someone from using contact lenses. There are different options for people who want to wear contact lenses and are over age 40.

If you're over age 40, one type of contact lens you can wear is the multifocal contact lens. This contact lens is kind of like progressive glasses where it has three prescriptions on the lens. The center part of the multifocal lens is to see near, while the outer part of the lens is to see distance. The part between the center and outer edge is to see intermediate distances such as your computer. If you will be trying out these contact lenses for the first time, the optometrist may give you a trial sample to try out for a few days to see how you adjust to them. There are also multifocal toric contact lenses. Toric lenses are for people with astigmatism. With the multifocal prescription, you'll have one dominant and one non-dominant eye. If both of your eyes have a different prescription, or Rx, avoid getting them mixed up when you put them on.

Many patients over 40 do well with those lenses but if you don't like them, there is another option for you. You can do monovision. Monovision is where one contact lens is only to see near and the other eye is only to see distance. This may take some getting used to on the patient's part. Imagine this vision. Your right eye is corrected to only see distance, so you will see blurry when you try to read a book with the right eye. However, your left eye has vision correction for near only but you cannot read signs on the road while you drive if you're using your left eye. With monovision you brain makes an adjustment to see the near correction from the left eye and the distance correction from the right eye. Each patient is different, so the near and distance contact lens will be different on each patient. This option works really well for many patients once they get used to it. If you do choose this option however, pay attention to what the optometrist tells you as far as which eye will see what distance. You do not want to make that embarrassing call telling your eye doctor that you cannot see distance through the left eye when she already told you that the left eye was only for near and the right was only for distance.

With monovision it is possible to get night and day contact lenses if you wear sphere lenses. With multifocal contact lenses you cannot sleep with them. It wouldn't be safe for your eyes.

If you want to wear colored contact lenses then you would need to stick monovision for this because multifocal contact lenses to not come in color. They may in the future though since contact lens companies are constantly trying to improve their products.

People over age 40 do not have to be stuck with wearing only glasses. There are contact lens options for patients over 40. It does not matter if you have never worn contact lenses before. Visit your optometrist to discuss the type of contact lenses that you're interested in. She will be happy to give you the right information for the health of your eyes.



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