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Do you have to say "goodbye" to your contact lenses when you have reading problem?

Is it true that people who are in their forties and suffered from presbyopia (the reading problem caused by reduced in accommodation ability) need to stop contact lenses wear?

As you get older, your eyes conditions change accordingly, for example, with less tear secretion. But with proper contact lenses selection and fitting assessment, even if you are suffering from presbyopia, you may still able to wear contact lenses. The following three are common ways of presbyopia correction using contact lenses:  

  1. Look at distant/near things with contact lenses, and then look near/ distant things with spectacles.
  2. Adjust the power of contact lenses to make one eye works for distant vision, and the other eye for reading (Monovision).
  3. Wearing progressive contact lenses.
The above methods have their advantages and disadvantages, and optometrist will make different recommendations according to your daily needs.

Using the first way to correct presbyopia, the user still needs to wear spectacle for some daily tasks. If you don't want to wear spectacles at all, you may consider using the second or third methods, but the second method is generally suitable for people with early presbyopia. Nowadays, the progressive contact lenses available can allow seeing distant and near things using the same lenses, although the design and manufacture technology of lenses is becoming more mature, and more lens choices are available, but the parameters of these contact lenses are still having some limitation, and it is necessary to check and choose the best combination of lens parameters that fit your eye. Like wearing progressive spectacles, using progressive contact lenses need adaptation, but after you get used the lens, it is not easy for others to notice your reading difficulties.

Those who are interested in wearing progressive contact lenses should consult your optometrist first. And the successful outcome really depends on your ocular health and personal expectations.

 

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