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Presbyopia - Contact lenses vs glasses

As we age, the lens within our eyes becomes less supple, reducing the flexibility of how we focus light on the retina. As a result, over time we start to struggle to see things close up. This is known as presbyopia, which is a completely natural progression of your eyes. Most people will develop this condition in some form by the age of 50.

If you would rather wear contacts than glasses, there’s no need to worry about the onset of presbyopia. Thankfully, there are now several multifocal contact lenses designed to give you clear vision at all distances. However, even if you’re used to contact lenses, you should always carry a pair of glasses to allow you to see when you don’t want to wear your lenses.

Progressive spectacle lenses

Unlike bifocal glasses, progressive lenses don’t have that distracting dividing line between distance and near portions and provide a prescription that gradually changes within a singular lens. They offer the ability to see clearly at all distances, including intermediate vision, which is ideal for looking at a computer screen or the speedometer in your car. As you look through the viewing area of the lens, your vision will be corrected seamlessly no matter the distance. Both the lens and frame can be tailored to you, for a comfortable and natural feel.

Multifocal contact lenses

Multifocal lenses are the most common form of contact lenses for people with presbyopia. Most multifocal contacts are designed with a gradual transition between distance and near prescriptions, giving you the ability to easily focus on objects both far and near.

From playing sports to wearing sunglasses, there are many benefits to contact lenses. They’re particularly useful if you play sports where glasses would be prone to damage or if you’re reading a menu in a restaurant. Pairing contacts with sunglasses is also more cost-effective than buying prescription ones and gives you more freedom in terms of style.



If you’re looking for an easy-to-use multifocal lens, you could try 1 Day ACUVUE Moist Multifocal. As well as providing you with clear vision, both near and far, these daily disposable lenses offer UV protection from the sun’s harmful rays. They also keep your eyes hydrated, thanks to the unique LACREON Technology. If you’d like to try them, ACUVUE offer a free trial via participating opticians. This is a great opportunity to discuss the lenses with your optician to see if they work for you.

Our eyes will continue to change as we age, and it’s likely that our presbyopic prescription will too. We recommend always letting your Optician know of any changes in your vision and keeping up to date with your check-ups.