Guide to Varifocal Contact Lenses
Varifocal lenses are designed to treat presbyopia. This is an eye condition which is extremely common after the age of 45.
What is Presbyopia
Presbyopia is a condition which makes it difficult to focus on objects close to your face. It is age related and very common in people in their mid-forties. It is caused by the gradual loss of elasticity in the eye’s lenses which can produce blurred vision.
Varifocal Contact Lenses- The Solution to Presbyopia
Varifocal lenses can be worn for both distance and near vision. This means that unlike with bifocal glasses (the alternative to varifocals) you do not need to change your lenses when switching between watching television and reading.
Furthermore, unlike glasses designed for people with presbyopia, varifocal contact lenses do not have an obvious line running down their middle. As a result your lenses are guaranteed not to give your age away!
How to Know if You Need Varifocal Lenses
It is very easy to diagnose presbyopia during an eye examination. If you are concerned that you may be affected by it we recommend that you make an appointment to see your optometrist.
Adults with healthy eyes should consider having a standard eye exam at least every two years. If you do this, then chances are your optometrist will spot whether you need varifocal lenses or bifocal glasses before you do!
Will Varifocal Contact Lenses Suit You?
Varifocals seem to particularly suit people with naturally moist eyes. However they might also be suitable if you:
Have visual acuity in both eyes
Are able to focus both eyes simultaneously
Have no disease in your eyelids
Your optometrist will be able to advise you about whether they would suit you or if another form of eye correction would be more appropriate.