Getting older and needing reading glasses – Presbyopia Over 40s

getting older

It comes to us all sooner or later!

Sooner or later, even if you have perfect distance vision, you’ll find that the small print seems to be smaller than it used to be or your arms just aren’t long enough to hold the newspaper. Sadly it’s a fact of life, as we get older our eye muscles just don’t have the same oomph that they used to and that makes reading the small print….or threading a needle really difficult.

Multifocal & Bifocal Contact Lenses

What is not a fact of life is that this deterioration means that you’re confined to glasses for the rest of your life.

Today we have many options including the Triton Rigid Bifocal and Trifocal Lens from Australia and Tangent Streak Bifocal from the USA. We also have multifocals to correct both distance (where needed) and reading. These are available as Flexible Oxygen Permeable Lenses, Soft Lenses and even as Sleep-In Lenses.

Many designs of Multifocal (Varifocal) lenses are now available from Daily Disposable to 30 DAY SLEEP IN! An interesting feature of many multifocal lenses is that unlike bifocal or varifocal glasses (where you can only see to read when you look down) with Contacts you can see close up regardless of what direction you’re looking in.


An alternative and very effective method is Mono-Vision. This is when one eye is corrected for distance and one for reading. It may sound strange, but trust us – it’s used around world and is very successful for many patients.

Watch and listen to one initially sceptical ‘Mono Vision’ wearer

If it should happen that none of the standard ‘off the peg’ designs available work for you – don’t worry, we can custom design something that will be just right for you!

So – if you or your friends have been told that because you’re older you’re going to have to wear glasses, come and see us and we’ll show you how you can get rid of them forever!

Lens desgin

There are many multifocals – the above illustrates how one popular design works.

Multifocal vs Monovision

Monovision vs Multifocals

Multifocal vision compared to Monovision – when one eye is used to see distance and the other to see close.