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contact lenses Winnipeg, MBContact lens technology has changed dramatically since Drs. Gina and Luke Small graduated from Optometry school in 2000. At that time disposable lenses were still relatively new and the first highly oxygen permeable soft contact lenses were coming to market. Many patients were still wearing the conventional style of soft lenses where they had one pair that they hoped would last many years and had a “chemistry set” to deal with when it came to cleaning, rinsing and disinfecting their lenses.  Contact lenses have come a long since that time and the eye doctors at Armstrong & Small Eye Care Centre in Winnipeg, MB are happy to offer the latest in contact lens technology.

Q&A with Dr. Luke Small

Dr. Luke Small Answers Your Multifocal Contact Lens Questions

I wear contact lenses, but now I’m having trouble seeing clearly to read things up close. What can I do? I still want to wear my lenses.

The Bad News: To put it as delicately as possible your eyes have just had too many birthdays and focusing at near has become increasingly more difficult.  The condition is called presbyopia and it is a completely normal ageing process.  Typically these complaints start sometime in our mid-40’s.  Our ability to focus or zoom-in on small print is called accommodation and presbyopia is the term used to describe our loss of accommodation over time.  Since contact lenses sit right against our eyes (unlike glasses) patients often experience presbyopia a little sooner as they have to focus a little more with contact lenses on than they do with glasses.
The Good News:  There are generally 3 great options when it comes to helping a patient in this predicament.
  1. Multifocal or bifocal contact lenses have come a long way in the last 5 years.  They come in a wide range of prescriptions and modalities (even daily multi-focals are now available!)  and ideally allow the wearer to see distance and near again.
  2. Monovision is the process where we determine the patient’s dominant eye and set that prescription for distance vision.  The non-dominant eye is then corrected for near vision.  This process definitely takes a bit for your brain to get used to, but once it does patients love it!
  3. Reading Glasses are also an option where we keep the patient in their full distance prescription and have them wear glasses with a reading prescription when needing to see small print.

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