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A couple of weeks ago I decided to face up to a problem that I had been having. Rather worryingly, since quitting my job last year I had noticed that my ability to read things close up had really deteriorated. I had started doing the things that I’d seen others doing – holding books and boxes at arms length. Sewing had even started to become tricky. I wasn’t happy. What if I decided to return to work? I couldn’t really do it with dodgy vision! Did I have a problem? I decided to see my optician. Turns out I just needed varifocal lenses.
Fact is, I’m a lady in her mid 40s. And apparently it’s a really common side effect for there to be some sight changes at this age.
As we get older, the lens at the front of the eye gets harder and loses it’s elasticity. Because of this, the focus in our eye changes. It makes it more difficult to read things that are close to us. At the same time, the muscles around the eyes change.
So our near and distance vision can be really affected. We start to need different lenses for different things. Just another way that the universe is telling me that I’m getting really old, yippee.
Varifocal lenses were designed to help this problem. The top part of the lens deals with distance vision, the middle of the lens with middle vision (such as seeing the TV across the room) and the bottom of the lens manages the close up work such as reading. This means that all your vision can be corrected in a single lens.
But I hate wearing glasses!
I actually wear mine as little as possible, because
- They steam up when you’ve been out in the cold and come into the warm.
- They are always dirty (I don’t even know how!)
- In the rain you practically need wipers.
- My little girl always wants to play with them / wear them / knock them off
- They make me feel frumpy (sorry, but they just do!)
Due to all these reasons I’ve shunned glasses for almost 30 years. I’ve worn contact lenses since I was 18. The thought of having to go back to glasses because I needed varifocals filled me with dread.
But to my surprise and delight they now do varifocal/multifocal contact lenses! Don’t ask me how, but my prescription was worked out, tweaked and I can pay on a monthly direct debit, just as I had been doing with my single vision lenses. (But do be aware, the cost per month is almost double) You can even get daily varifocal contact lenses!
And a couple of weeks on, I am adapting really well. I’ve yet to drive at night wearing them (apparently at night your vision wearing these lenses is not quite as good), but on the whole I am really happy. My sewing has felt much easier.
Now there are always the golden rules of lenses that I need to abide by.
The Golden Rules of Contact Lenses
- Don’t shower or swim in them.
- Try not to rub your eyes excessively.
- Never sleep in them
- Never run them under a tap, always use saline or solution provided.
- Keep regular check-ups at the optician
- Make sure hands are clean before inserting/removing them
- Remove eye make up well to prevent eye infections, and NEVER wear lenses if you do have an eye infection.
But at the end of the day, I’m just so happy that I get to keep wearing contact lenses, even though they are now varifocal lenses. Nobody need know but me. And now you…
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