19.01.2009

Contact lenses launched for presbyopia

Contact lenses launched for presbyopia

People with presbyopia can make use of a new type of contact lens produced by CIBA Vision.

The Air Optics Aqua Multifocal is a silicone hydrogel contact lens, claimed by the maker to have a success rate of 86 per cent on first fittings for people with developing presbyopia.

Optician Online also reports CIBA Vision"s statement that the contact lens has a preference rate of 90 per cent among such users.

Air Optics Aqua Multifocal lenses are intended to target people over 40, who often stop using contact lenses.

An age-related condition, presbyopia causes people to have difficulty in seeing objects that are near to their eyes and may have to hold things away in order to read them.

It is thought to be caused by the lens inside the eye becoming more rigid as part of the ageing process.

Usually, the symptoms are first noticed between the ages of 40 and 50.

by Emily Tait


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