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Presbyopia Over 40s

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 really difficult.

Presbyopia is the term used to describe the hardening of the lens causing the eye to focus light behind the eye rather than on the retina making it hard to see objects that are close up.

Although presbyopia is nothing to worry about, it is important to have regular eye tests to ensure you have the best possible vision at all times. If left untreated you may begin to suffer with eye strain and impaired vision with reading and looking at close up objects.

Presbyopia can be corrected with Multifocal, Bifocal Contact Lenses and Mono – Vision.


With monovision we use the dominant, or most used eye, for distance vision with the other being corrected for reading. By fitting one eye with a contact lens for distance vision and the other for near vision, people with age related presbyopia may be able to go without wearing reading glasses.

Specialist Contact Lens Practitioners have regularly corrected for distance and reading with monovision since the 1950’s so the system is very well proven. Some patients think its unusual and are concerned about the harm it could cause to their eyes. However most people will adapt quite easily and not even notice the difference between either eye.


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