Fact: just about everyone over age 60 needs some sort of vision correction. It’s just a normal, natural part of aging. The good news? You have several options to maintain your 20/20 vision for years to come.
Many seniors have Presbyopia, which is the inability to see clearly at near distances, like when reading. To correct your vision to 20/20, you’re probably familiar with bifocal eyeglasses. But you may not be aware that contact lenses can correct presbyopia as well.
Multi-Focal Contact Lenses
Multi-focal contact lenses – including Bausch + Lomb Purevision multifocal contact lenses—can correct presbyopia so you can see comfortably up close and at a distance.
If you also have cataracts, Crystalens is an accommodating intraocular lens that, unlike a standard IOL, can treat both a person's cataracts and presbyopia—loss of near and intermediate vision. Crystalens treats your cataracts (a clouding or hardening of your lens), and can also reduce or eliminate your dependence on glasses. Crystalens is designed to recreate accommodation similar to your eye's natural lens. The unique Crystalens can reduce or eliminate glasses for most activities, including: reading a book, working on the computer, and driving a car.
If you’ve always worn spectacles and you’d prefer to continue doing so, you can learn about bifocal and trifocal lenses and their attributes at All About Vision, a consumer guide to eye care and vision correction.
Magnifiers and Vision Accessories
Reading the newspaper, doing embroidery, building models, and seeing the numbers on small technical instruments can become challenging as we age. Brighter lighting can help with close-up work, but sometimes you need additional help.
Magnifying glasses bring fine print and needlework into focus, and they come in many sizes to help you match the level of magnification you need with the task in front of you.