About Presbyopia

What is Presbyopia?

Presbyopia is an unavoidable part of normal aging. Even if you've never had vision problems, the struggle to see objects up close will hit most people on or around the age of 40. Along with astigmatism, nearsightedness and farsightedness, presbyopia is 1 of 4 very common imperfections of the eye called refractive errors.

Presbyopia cannot be prevented and almost everyone will experience the condition. The causes are completely natural since the eyes—just like every part of the body—can lose flexibility with time. As eyes get older, the lenses and muscles that used to change size and shape instantly can become hard and sluggish, thereby losing their ability to flex into focus, particularly at near distances.

Presbyopia Symptoms

Although the physical factors affecting lens elasticity and eye muscle strength develop slowly, presbyopia seems to appear suddenly. The age at which the first signs appear may vary slightly, but around 40 you may experience any combination of these symptoms:

  • blurred vision at normal reading distances
  • headaches
  • squinting
  • eyestrain
  • fatigue feeling especially after doing close-up work

Finally, you may have seen the most typical behavior associated with presbyopia, which is holding reading materials at arm's length in an attempt to see the page clearly.

Unfortunately, the eye's aging process is likely to continue into age 60 and beyond, so prescription changes may be necessary from time to time.

Presbyopia and You

Having decreased close-up vision can affect your daily life, especially if you never experienced any other eye conditions. Common tasks—such as reading, looking at your cell phone, shaving, signing documents or using a camera or a computer—are now troublesome, which can make you feel self-conscious. Rest assured, once you are diagnosed and your eye care professional provides a prescription, presbyopia can be very manageable. Both contact lenses and glasses are used to correct the condition.

You may start with reading glasses or—if you have other refractive errors—with bifocals, trifocals or eyeglasses with progressive lenses that have different prescription powers in different parts of the lens, so you can correct for various distances simultaneously.

However, if you engage in sports or other activities, want to maintain a certain look or just think eyeglasses are bothersome, consider AIR OPTIX® PLUS HYDRAGLYDE® Multifocal contact lenses. They are a marvel of technology and a modern, convenient alternative for clear vision.

To learn more about presbyopia, its symptoms and treatments, visit myeyes.com.

Frequently Asked Questions about AIR OPTIX® plus HydraGlyde® Multifocal Contact Lenses

Q: What is presbyopia?

Presbyopia is a condition in which the eye’s natural lens loses its ability to focus, making it difficult to see objects up close. As we get older, our eyes’ lenses start losing elasticity, which means they cannot change their shape and focus on different distances as easily as they used to. The loss of focusing ability is so gradual that it may take a while before we realize we are having trouble seeing up close. This noticeable change in vision is common, unavoidable, and typically occurs around the age of 40.

Q: What are AIR OPTIX® plus HydraGlyde® Multifocal contact lenses?

If you have presbyopia, you should talk to your eye care professional about AIR OPTIX® plus HydraGlyde® Multifocal Contact Lenses, which are made with a unique combination of technologies to give you the comfortable lens-wearing experience you deserve. With HydraGlyde® Moisture Matrix technology, you can enjoy long-lasting lens surface moisture. The Unique Precision Profile™ design of AIR OPTIX® plus HydraGlyde Multifocal contact lenses allows for a range of prescription strengths to blend across the lens. It works with your eyes' natural function for uninterrupted clear vision, near through far*. This all-distance design allows for clear vision for the biggest challenges – like reading fine print – so you can go back to seeing clearly without having to strain or struggle with readers. It allows your eyes to make remarkably smooth transitions from up close vision to further away without blurring or distortion, even when driving. In addition, the Smartshield Technology delivers a protective layer of moisture that resists irritating deposits from day 1 to day 30.1-5

Q: What prescriptions are available for
AIR OPTIX® plus HydraGlyde® Multifocal contact lenses?

Your eye care professional can determine the contact lens and correction that are best for you. The quick contact lens snapshot below includes all available prescriptions.

AIR OPTIX® plus HydraGlyde® Multifocal contact lenses product information
Sphere powers:
ADD powers:
+6.00D to -10.00D (0.25D steps)
Material: lotrafilcon B
Water Content: 33%
Diameter: 14.2 mm
Base curve: 8.6 mm
Dk/t: 138 @ -3.00D
Surface: Unique SmartShield™ Technology
Center thickness: 0.08mm @ -3.00D
Handling tint: Blue visibility tint
Wearing schedule: Daily wear and up to 6 nights extended wear
Recommended replacement schedule: Monthly
Recommended lens care: OPTI-FREE® PureMoist® Contact Lens Solution
Q: How do I care for my
AIR OPTIX® plus HydraGlyde® Multifocal contact lenses?

Click here for general information about contact lens care and wear.

  • *High oxygen transmissible lenses. Dk/t = 138 @ -3.00D.
  • 1. Alcon data on file, 2013.
  • 2. Nash W, Gabriel M, Mowrey-Mckee M. A comparison of various silicone hydrogellenses; lipid and protein deposition as a result of daily wear. Optom Vis Sci. 2010;87: E-abstract 105110.
  • 3. Nash W, Gabriel M. Ex vivo analysis of cholesterol deposition for commercially available silicone hydrogel contact lenses using a fluorometric enzymatic assay. Eye Contact Lens. 2014;40(5):277–282.
  • 4. Eiden SB, Davis R, Bergenske P. Prospective study of lotrafilcon B lenses comparing 2 versus 4 weeks of wear for objective and subjective measures of health, comfort, and vision. Eye & Cont Lens. 2013; 39(4):290–294.
  • 5. Alcon data on file, 2016.

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