There is little doubt that presbyopic patients represent a considerable contact lens opportunity, especially if they are already contact lens wearers. With regard to the latter, the vast majority (about 93%) of 35-55-year-old contact lens wearers retain their commitment to contact lenses as their preferred mode of vision correction, as they transition to being presbyopic. Many contact lens practitioners recognise this potential market, concluding that fitting more presbyopes is the best means of growing their practices, however, the reality is far less convincing.
Today’s presbyopes maintain their active lifestyles longer, and many are seeking more convenient, style-conscious alternatives to spectacles, for their vision correction at all distances. A variety of contact lens correction options, both stock and custom products, are now available for them.
Correcting presbyopia with contact lenses can be both rewarding and challenging. The nature and significance of presbyopia itself needs to be explained clearly to the patient before proceeding to detail their correction options (i.e. contact lenses, spectacles, or a combination of both), along with detailing the advantages and disadvantages of each. Once contact lenses are chosen, the contact lens-relevant aspects of presbyopia need to be presented. The most important aspect of the whole process is practitioner management of the wearer’s expectations. This session aims to take you through the opportunity and options to correct presbyopes and also the pre-fitting evaluation and steps in fitting multifocal contact lenses.