Contact lenses in middle age
Get the joy for contacts back
Young people can easily wear contact lenses. But in middle age, it can get difficult to wear them:
Dry eyes, astigmatism, old age vision, and so on. Many spectacle wearers who used to wear contacts, give them up over time because the lenses are getting uncomfortable, the cleaning process becomes a burden, as well as changing the lenses. After all, it’s much easier to just pop the glasses on the nose, and it even looks more sophisticated.
Vision at advanced age (presbyopia) – no problem
For the correction of presbyopia with contact lenses, there are several possibilities. Nowadays, there are multi focal contact lenses, which offer simultaneous sight. This gives the ability to focus in width and in shortness, and our brain chooses the correct image. As an alternative we can offer the mono vision solution, in which the leading eye is being corrected in width and the other in shortness. This only corrects in the width, and the person still needs reading glasses for short sight vision. All solutions have their pros and cons, so speaking to a professional you trust is vital. In sports, it is recommended only correcting the contact lenses in width to not have a deficit in seeing depth and/or contrast.
Corneal irregularity – no problem
Astigmatism can also be corrected with contact lenses. Smaller irregularities up to 0.75 are mostly being ignored with contacts, because the advantages correcting them are minimal. Greater corneal irregularities above 0.75 dpt are being corrected with toric contact lenses, which aren’t allowed to freely turn on the eye. Those lenses should always be ordered by an optometrist, because the adjustments with those lenses are very specific and need professional handling. Some of these are calculating strength, lens material, cylinder axis radius, pressure on the eye lid, position of the lid, diameter of the lens, assessment of the leading eye, …Certified eye specialists and optometrists are experts for even the toughest contact lens adjustments and can find the right solution for almost every eye.
Dry eyes – mostly curable
The cause for dry eyes is predominantly not because of lack of eye fluid but rather the evaporation of the fluid (78%). This is mainly caused by hormonal changes and by blocked fat glands (the so-called Meibom glands) on the edges of the eyelids.
We have developed a sustainable concept to re-open the blocked eyelid glands and to keep them open, without any need for medication. Additionally, modern contact lenses are much more comfortable to wear, and they are more oxygen permeable than 10 years ago.