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People over 40 have contact lens options

There's more than one way for people over age 40 to see well with contact lenses. For people who need reading glasses or bifocals but want to lead an active life, it's worth checking into the added convenience of contact lenses.


According to the American Optometric Association, contact lens options for people over 40 include:


The "monacle" contact lens--This is a contact lens focused for reading and other close work and worn on one eye only, usually the nondominant eye. It's for people over 40 who have good distance vision but whose reading vision has been affected by presbyopia, a vision condition that is part of the normal aging process and affects everybody.


Monovision - This involves wearing a contact lens for distance vision on one eye and a lens for near vision vision on the other. Most people who try monovision are able to adjust to it.


Bifocals - These contact lenses contain a vision correction for both near and far vision in one lens. It takes skill to prescribe bifocal contacts, and there are several different types of lenses to try.

Another option for those who need bifocals is to use reading glasses over contacts prescribed for distance vision This is not as convenient as either bifocal contacts or monovision, but many people use it.


Contact lens wearers over age 40 have some of the same lens options as younger wearers. They can choose from daily-wear soft lenses and rigid gas-permeable lenses, extended-wear lenses, disposable lenses, and planned replacement lenses. Success with contact lenses after age 40 depends leargely on the thoroughness of the care received, the association says. People with presbyopia have more complicated vision needs than younger people. Skill and extra time are needed to give them the lenses that will do the job for them.


It pays, therefore, to seek an optometrist who provides full-service eye care. It includes a thorough eye examination, tests of vision skills, individualized instructions for wear and care, and follow-up visits over a specified time.

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The American Optometric Association:  www.aoa.org

Alaska Optometric Association:  www.akoa.org

Mayo Clinic:  www.mayoclinic.com

Pacific University:  www.pacificu.edu

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