Multifocal contact lenses free fit
For the months of September and October 2016 we are offering a complimentary multifocal contact lens fit worth £60 and a free trial of 1-DAY ACUVUE® MOIST MULTIFOCAL contact lenses to all new and existing customers.
Why Multifocal Contact Lenses?
Multifocal contact lenses are a fantastic solution to the problem of presbyopia. If you are fed up taking your reading spectacles on and off, playing golf in the rain with your spectacles or simply fancy a change from wearing spectacles every day multifocal contact lenses may be the solution for you.
What is Presbyopia?
Presbyopia affects our eyes’ ability to focus easily on nearer tasks – whether that’s threading a needle or reading a text message or using a computer. It’s a very gradual process and starts with difficulty seeing things a couple of inches away like most children can, and as it progresses, we have to hold things further away to keep them clear. This happens as a result of the lens inside the eye progressively losing some of its flexibility, which is called Presbyopia. Whilst this sounds like an rare and exotic condition, you are not alone and it is frustratingly normal, affecting everyone on the planet as we grow older.
Focusing difficulties at other distances as well, such as driving, television or with computer use, may indicate a different type of prescription need such as Myopia, Hyperopia or Astigmatism.
How does the eye work?
In order for us to ‘see’ things, a clear image must land on the back of the eye. Light travels through the cornea (the clear dome-like structure at the front), through the pupil (the black part in the coloured area of the eye), through the lens (inside the eye) and onto the retina (the light sensitive area at the back). Whatever we are directly looking on, focuses on a highly sensitive area of the retina called the macula – this is where we see the most detail. Our ‘peripheral vision’ lands on the areas outside of the macula.
The need for contact lenses or spectacles for many people is due to the light from an image not focusing exactly on the retina.
The prescription, or power, within the contact lenses, or spectacles, helps adjust the path of the light to focus it on the retina and ensure that the image is seen clearly. Patients can be Myopic (short sighted) or Hyperopic (long sighted). Inside the eye, the lens needs to change shape to maintain a clear image when we change to focus from distance to near or vice versa. In the eye we call this process accommodation and it happens automatically. Over time, the lens inside the eye thickens, gets bigger and loses its flexibility all of these reduce its ability to alter its power and allow us to focus clearly at different distances. It’s a gradual process and we rarely notice when we can’t focus on something right in front of our nose anymore. We tend to notice the issue when we can’t focus clearly at our ‘normal’ reading distance. This change in lens flexibility is called Presbyopia.
When you first notice the symptoms of Presbyopia will vary depending on the tasks you do, the level of lighting or even the length of your arms! As a general rule though, noticeable lens changes can start in the early forties – certainly not when you get ‘old’. When Presbyopia symptoms start, you may find you need contact lenses or spectacles.
What are the signs and symptoms of Presbyopia?
Presbyopia happens – in fact, it is one of the most normal things that can happen to an eye and it will happen to almost all of us.
Do you find it more difficult to read comfortably when the light isn’t so bright? Is it easy to see that menu in a restaurant? How do you feel about your vision when you are tired? Are you finding that you hold things a little further away than you used to? Are your arms not long enough anymore? Have you opted for a larger font size on your phone? Any of these things may indicate Presbyopia.
The Solution – Presbyopia Correction
The solution, or solutions, depend very much on you! We generally don’t have one pair of shoes for every situation, or one coat for all weathers and the same applies to vision correction. Our optometrists and opticians will consider your lifestyle requirements, hobbies or working environment and recommend the options that best suit you. Multifocal contact lenses may provide you with the freedom to see clearly at all distances, without you having to worry about looking for your reading glasses.