Everyone will eventually need help focusing up close.... period.
Besides aches and pains, this inconvenient truth is the first reminder for many in our 40's that we all age. I talk to many many folks a week about the limited options to deal with near focus challenges - reading glasses, some form of bi/multifocal glasses and contact lenses. This post is about the generally quickly dismissed option #3 - contact lenses. Albeit scary to envision wearing for some, contact lenses to help you focus up close are NOT - uncomfortable, risky, tough-to-handle. And... if you searched out reading glasses to read this post... they can make you feel younger. The certainly do for me!
Think of how many times that you: look at your cell phone a bit blurry; hold the menu further away; can not tell if that screw-head is Phillips or Roberson head; pull back from your partner to see them better; look at a blurry plate of food. Guys especially - You can do this! - Roll back the clock and experience not needing those darn!! glasses again.
Contact lens use does not need to be full-time... socially/casually works great too!
Easy guide for what to expect...
Step ONE - Find an Optometrist that actually wants to spend the time required with you to discuss all options - including contact lenses. Unfortunately many fitters will not want to be bothered with contacts for our age group
Step TWO - You will trial contacts in-office to ensure that they fit, are safe and do the job as expected
Step THREE - You will be taught how to insert and remove a contact lens - do NOT worry about this - it is very very rare that a motivated patient can not do this with the right coaching and some time
Step FOUR - You will take lenses and trial them in your own world
Step FIVE - At a follow-up visit - your lenses will likely be adjusted to address any vision improvements found during the trial
Step SIX - Order end enjoy your new-found little fountain of youth and see who notices
A quick discussion of options is usually included in a complete eye exam. A dedicated contact lens appointment with a trial and teach with follow-up will cost approximately $50 to $100.
Lens pricing ranges immensely depending on needs and replacement schedule e.g. $125 a year for one monthly lens (monovision) to $1000 a year for two single-use multifocals. You will need to discuss options with your eye doctor. For reference - I wear a non-bifocal single use lens that would be $250 annually.