Bifocal contact lenses have been in existence for many years, but it is only in recent times that they have become a popular choice by consumers in response to vision issues. Older designs didn’t satisfy consumer desires, with many complaining of varied vision responses and feelings of discomfort, leading to frustration among wearers. However, as technology has assisted in the design and application of the medical world, vision is no exception. Newer designs have been meeting with greater customer satisfaction, as the variety of sizes and designs are able to be customised to suit anyone’s comfort requirement and vision deficiencies.
Traditionally the role of glasses and spectacles, bifocal contact lenses are designed to deliver immense vision improvements to individuals who suffer from a condition called presbyopia. The major signs of the development of this condition are the holding of written material further way from the face and eyes in order to see it clearly.
There are many advantages of bifocal contact lenses, with the most obvious being the ability to have great vision without wearing the lenses predecessors, the glasses. This reduced the need for the feeling of weight of glasses behind the ears and on the nose, along with the ability to see clearly without altering the appearance of the individual, have been popular considerations among consumers. Those individuals who require strong prescription bifocal contact lenses have experienced increased peripheral vision and less distortion. Additionally, glasses have the tendency to either magnify or minify images in comparison to contact lenses which have less of a resizing effect. Those individuals who partake in an active lifestyle or regular play sport often complain of the inconvenience of the traditional glasses, which can steam up, being knocked off and even become broken. The use of contact lenses for these individuals has allowed them more freedom to enjoy physical activities, both at social and competitive levels.
If you are considering the move away from glasses, or are just noticing the onset signs of presbyopia, get in contact with an eye and vision care specialist who will be able to assess your level of impairment and provide a customised solution just for you, that not only fits your specific pupil size and vision requirements, but your lifestyle.
As the varied range is designed to meet the distinct differences in people’s requirements, the need to trial several different bifocal contact lens designs may be necessary to finalise the style that is best suited to you, with a professional practitioner being able to guide you through this process. Furthermore, contact lenses must be worn responsibly and your eye specialist will be able to provide advice on aspects such as maintenance and the proper procedures for wearing and cleaning the lenses, and the health issues that may arise due to their incorrect usage. If you are having any issues with your vision, contact an eye specialist to make the future clearer.
Paterson Burn Optometrists have been in the Waikato, New Zealand, as Balfour Irvine and Webster and Lawrence and Andrews since 1925. There is over 80 years of history of providing eye care prior to the merger of the two practices in 1995 to form Paterson Burn Optometrists. Our many services include retinal camera fundus imaging, glaucoma testing, visual field investigation, tear duct syringing and punctual plugs. We fit all types of contact lenses and bifocal contact lenses including the extended over night wear contact lens as well as multifocal contact lenses giving both distance and reading vision. With the introduction of a corneal topographer we also offer orthokeratology. This is where a contact lens is worn over night to reshape the eye to allow clear vision during the day without the need for glasses or contact lenses.