Saturday, January 29, 2011

Multifocal Contact Lenses - The Perfect Fit for Presbyopia

Imagine this: you go out to a nice restaurant for dinner. You sit down and the waiter hands you your menu. You open it with great anticipation of the wonderful food you will soon be reading about...but lo' and behold... the print is blurry! To focus on the words, you must hold the menu at arm's length and look "down" at the words. Oh no! You now have your parents' eyes!

Presbyopia is a very common eye condition which many experts believe we all succumb to as we age. This condition is the gradual loss of your eyes' ability to focus actively on nearby objects. A natural part of aging, presbyopia is usually first noticed in your early to mid-40s and often continues to worsen until around age 60.

In the past, this condition would be treated with bifocals or multifocal eyeglasses. Through advances in the way that contact lenses are constructed, however, presbyopia can now be corrected through the use of multifocal contact lenses.

These contact lenses are becoming increasingly popular because contact lenses are generally easier to wear and more appealing to most people when compared to eyeglasses.

Multifocal contact lenses are designed specifically for your individual vision needs to ensure that you are getting exactly the correction you require. These contact lenses are designed to meet your sight requirements in much the same way as multifocal eye glasses. It's the power of multifocal glasses in miniature form - very convenient!

Quite impressive as corrective lenses; multifocal contact lenses are far more advanced than many other types of contact lenses available today. Before prescribing multifocal lenses, your eye specialist will typically perform various tests to determine your specific vision needs.

Through this testing process, the specifics of your new contact lenses will be developed. Multifocal contact lenses are designed to have various areas on the lens itself that correct the various vision issues of the patient.

The greatest benefit to multifocal contact lenses may be that those who wear them to correct nearsightedness, far-sightedness or astigmatism can obtain the vision that enables them to accomplish tasks comfortably without the need for cumbersome eyeglasses. When you wear these contact lenses, no one can tell that you are wearing corrective lenses so you feel great about your appearance.

There is no need for any individual to experience difficulty in reading or performing close tasks. If you find that you are having difficulty with either of these activities; or are experiencing blurry close-up vision, you should see your eye doctor for a complete exam. Only through thorough examination can it be determined what degree of presbyopia you have and what multifocal contact lenses could best benefit your specific vision needs.

To maintain the best vision care possible, it is recommended that individuals receive a full eye exam: - At least once between the ages of 20 and 29 - At least twice between the ages of 30 and 39 - Every two to four years between ages 40 and 64 - Every one to two years beginning at age 65

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