on Friday, March 9, 2012
As eye care patients reach the age of 40, their eye care needs will change. Specifically, they will start to realize that they need multifocal lenses or reading glasses. This is because patients over the age of 40 will be affected by an eye condition known as presbyopia. As we wrote about in a previous post on presbyopia, presbyopia is a natural age related loss of the ability to focus on close distance objects. While reading glasses used to be the only option for what patients jokingly refer to as “short arm syndrome,” there are now a variety of multifocal lenses available for presbyopes (patients with presbyopia) to consider.
Multifocal lenses are a great option for presbyopes that don’t want to compromise their active lifestyle . It provides patients the ability to see both near, intermediate, and far distances without the hassle of wearing glasses. Presbyopes can go hiking, play tennis or go biking without having to worry about their vision.
CooperVision offers the broadest range of multifocal contact lenses in terms of product and parameters. Even better, with the introduction of Biofinity Multifocal , our latest and most advanced multifocal lens, CooperVision has combined our Balanced Progressive™ Technology and the Biofinity silicone hydrogel lens material into a lens that offers presbyopes a premium lens. For presbyopes that suffer from dry eye, CooperVision offers a Proclear multifocal lens that is cleared by the FDA for the claim: "may provide improved comfort for contact lens wearers who experience mild discomfort or symptoms relating to dryness during lens wear."
Remember, communication between a patient and an eye care professional is essential in order to determine if a multifocal lens is a good fit. But the first step for eye care professionals and presbyopes is to have an open dialogue about all of the options available. Make sure you start the dialogue about multifocal lenses today!