What is Presbyopia?

Posted by CooperVision on Thursday, March 31, 2011
In honor of Presybopia Awareness month, which starts tomorrow, we'd like to test your knowledge!  Watch along as Mark Malkoff heads to New York City's Grand Central Station to find out how many people can define presbyopia - how did you do? 

What is Presbyopia?

Presbyopia is a condition that affects those patients over the age of 40 – it’s a natural process that makes it difficult to read small print. The good news is it’s correctable. Be sure to talk to your eye care provider about CooperVision multifocal contact lens options.

Great Vision at Every Distance with Multifocal Contact Lenses

Posted by CooperVision on Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Have you heard about multifocal contact lenses? Not sure what they are? Multifocal contact lenses give you freedom from reading glasses and provide exceptional vision near, far and everywhere in between. Enjoy comfort and improved vision all day and at all distances only with Proclear Multifocal contact lenses, featuring our Balanced Progressive Technology:

Great Vision at Every Distance

Multifocal contact lenses are an alternative to reading glasses for those with presbyopia, a natural condition defined as the normal worsening of vision (especially near vision) with age. As you grow older, the lenses in your eyes thicken and lose their elasticity, and the muscles surrounding the lenses weaken.

Both these changes decrease your ability to focus, especially on near objects. Putting greater distance between the object and your eye brings the object into focus - for example, holding a book or magazine farther from your face. For this reason, presbyopia is sometimes called "long-arm syndrome."

For more information on presbyopia and multifocal contact lenses, please click here.


Denial and the New Fountain of Youth

Posted by Jeff Machemer on Tuesday, March 30, 2010

When it comes to aging, most of us would be thrilled to find the fountain of youth. One of the telltale signs of aging is the newfound need for glasses for near vision tasks such as reading. Around the age of 38 to 42, most of us experience some difficulty with small print, fine near vision tasks and late day eye fatigue. The exact age of onset often depends on the extent to which we require our eyes to focus at near and intermediate distance for extended periods of time in our vocation or avocation.

This time period coincides with the transition of young adults moving into the middle age group. It is very common for people in this transitional time of life to deny or delay the need for vision correction in fear of appearing older. So how do you find the fountain of youth when it comes to your eyesight?

First, acceptance of the aging process and the need for some assistance with near vision is not submission or resignation; it’s simply a way to maintain eye comfort, health and performance. We don’t seem to have concern with a knee brace for hiking or an elbow brace for tennis, so why is the correction for the early symptoms of presbyopia such a concern?

Second, explore your options! Did you know there are contact lenses made specifically for those in the early stages of presbyopia? The Proclear line of contact lenses from CooperVision has multiple options for all stages of presbyopia – eliminating the need for reading glasses or bifocals!

We tend to associate bifocals with “old age” or note that someone who pulls out reading glasses looks “distinguished”. Here are two suggestions to help you find that fountain of youth: First, discuss your concerns with your eye care professional. They can test and determine if there is a need. Second, if there is a need, ask about a contact lens product called Proclear EP by CooperVision. It is designed to eliminate the need for reading glasses or bifocal glasses while providing excellent comfort and vision at all ranges.
Why should we consider this cure for denial? Simple, it will improve your visual performance and keep you comfortably in the race. Who has to know?

Just Because You Need Bifocals Doesn't Mean You Have to Wear Them!

Posted by Doug Brayer on Thursday, December 10, 2009

If you’re in your 40’s (or even approaching 40) you may have noticed reading and seeing objects up close isn’t quite as easy as it used to be.  Not to worry – you’ve got a very common vision condition called presbyopia.  In fact, presbyopia is so common that is affects virtually everybody, usually starting around the age of 40.


Most people think of presbyopia when they hear the word “bifocals” or “reading glasses”.  I think most of us can relate to either our parents or grandparents reaching for their bifocals or reading glasses.  The good news today is that needing bifocals doesn’t have to mean wearing bifocals.  Advances in contact lens designs now make multifocal contact lenses a great option for addressing presbyopia.  In fact, with patient visits up 75% in the multifocal category since 2002, multifocals are the fastest growing segment in the contact lens industry.


Nearly 90 million Americans – or roughly one in three – have presbyopia, yet awareness of this condition is very low.  A study sponsored by CooperVision that was conducted by Harris Interactive found that 83% of US adults aged 18+ are not aware of the vision condition. So how do you know if you have it? If you are experiencing any of the common symptoms of presbyopia – such as a noticeable change in near vision, eyestrain, or headaches, you should see an eye care specialist to discuss your options.


The contact lens options for this growing segment of the population provide a convenient, comfortable and healthy alternative to bifocals or reading glasses.  CooperVision offers the most comprehensive multifocal contact lens portfolio in the industry.  Multifocal contact lenses from CooperVision contain multiple zones of vision correction by providing the wearer with simultaneous distance, intermediate and near vision.  The word simultaneous is key because most people think of these lenses much like bifocals where you have to look at a certain zone to see clearly at near.  This is not the case with multifocal contacts.  Multifocal contacts allow you to naturally see clearly up close, at middle distances (like using a computer) and far away without having to focus your eyes in a certain zone of the lens.


If you’re one of the millions of long time contact lenses wearers entering your 40’s, you can continue to enjoy the comfort and convenience of contact lenses.  Even if you’ve never worn contacts before, or if you dropped out of contacts in the past, the onset of presbyopia is a great time to try contacts for the first time.


Presbyopia is the normal worsening of vision with age – especially near vision.  The condition is a natural part of aging that eventually affects everyone.  As we grow older, the lenses in our eyes thicken and lose their elasticity, and the muscles surrounding the lens weaken.  Both these changes decrease our ability to focus, especially on near objects.  Besides, blurred near vision, the signs of presbyopia include eye strain and the tendency to hold reading materials further away.

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