It comes as a surprise to most people that its possible to get varifocal contact lenses. As a contact lens optometrist I fit quite a lot of varifocal contact lenses. From the age of about 45 it becomes impossible for the human eye to do all of the focussing it is required to do.
Presbyopia is the condition of hardening of the lens inside the eye, which is relieved by the use of varifocal lenses. They offer increasing focal assistance to the eye for near vision. The actual lens that does this, be it a contact lens or spectacle lens, is quite complex, which explains why many people are often not keen. When fitted well, however, they can be life changing!
The latest technology, in both contact lenses and spectacle lenses, now allows for lenses to be individually designed for a person’s particular needs. My favourite varifocal contact lens can be made with more than a billion different parameters, and that means with a bit of skill and a little time, I am confident of designing the right lens for you.
Modern high quality contact lenses allow for continuous wear, i.e. we can sleep in them, if they are comfortable. This allows you to almost forget that you even need eye correction at all. Some contact lenses will also prevent the passage of UV light. This is a subtle advantage, but highly beneficial; it reduces the risk of cataracts and macular degeneration!
When you consider that the eye does change gradually throughout life and the power of the contact lens can change appropriately, usually with no additional cost, then it would seem contact lenses could be the perfect form of eye correction for almost everybody.
However, beware of cheap contact lenses. They may not supply the eye with enough oxygen, they may not be acurately correcting the eye, which has been shown to worsen short sightedness, and they are unlikely to have a good UV blocker.
So if you are reading this article wearing glasses, and would rather you weren’t then book a consultation with me in Beverley or Hessle
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