Do you have problems seeing up close? Are you holding your phone three feet in front of your face so you can read your text messages? Are you grabbing your spouse’s reading glasses to read the menu? Are you constantly taking off your glasses to see up close? If you are-then you may be one of the millions of people suffering from PRESBYOPIA (a Greek word meaning aging eyes).
Multifocal Contact Lenses for Seeing up Close
Presbyopia is a condition in which the lens inside of our eye becomes less flexible and prevents us from focusing objects close to our face. It usually begins in our early forties and quickly gets worse. Seeta Eye Centers Contact Lens Specialist Dr. Mel Guzman commented, “Patients come to me constantly telling me that they don’t want to wear bifocal glasses or if they are already – they are physically tired of raising their chin up to view the computer. Well, the good news is that you don’t! There are multifocal contact lenses! And you don’t have to strain your neck to see the computer!”
The technology behind multifocal and bifocal contact lenses is quite amazing. The improvements in the presbyopic contact designs over the past ten years have made them more popular. “The goal of multifocal contact lenses is to provide you with vision correction that will comfortably give you the most out of your daily activities done,” said Dr. Guzman. For example, computer work, driving, shopping, casual reading and even texting without having to use supplementary reading glasses is a great convenience and makes everyday activities really comfortable. If you are expecting to curl up with a 500 page novel you are setting yourself up for a disappointment.
How Do Multifocal & Bifocal Contacts Work?
The manner in which multifocal and bifocal contact lenses work is very different than their eyeglass counterparts. Your bifocal glasses have a separate zone for reading and distance-one zone does not affect the other. The design of multifocal and bifocal contact lenses is quite different- there is no separation between distance and near. This is called SIMULTANEOUS VISION. This means that your eyes receive rays from both far and near at the same time no matter where you are looking. Your brain eventually learns what to do. For most people it takes about two weeks to adapt to this “new” way of seeing. When you stop and think about this you realize how AMAZING this tiny piece of plastic is. Again, no system is perfect! And keep in mind that fitting these specialty lenses can be time consuming and can take several visits, but if you keep REALISTIC expectations and have patience you will be pleased with this technology.
If you or a friend would like to learn more about contact lenses of any type including multifocal and bifocal contacts please feel free to call Seeta Eye Centers and schedule an eye examination by calling 845-454-1025 , visiting Seeta Eye Centers or facebook.com/seetaeyecenters.
Seeta Eye Centersis conveniently located at 27 Davis Avenue, Poughkeepsie, New York 12603, 969 Main Street, Cecilwood Health Center, Yorktown, New York 12524 and 664 Stoneleigh Avenue, Suite 100, Carmel, New York 10512 for patients from Westchester County, Rockland County and throughout the Hudson Valley, Dutchess County and Orange County.