The Clariti® family- keeping you company on your journey through life.
In the beginning
Most of us enter the world as long-sighted- that is our eyeballs are slightly too short to create perfect vision. As we develop, our eyes naturally change in size and shape aiming for the perfect optical combination to create perfect vision. Some eyes overshoot this target and become short-sighted and some don’t change enough and remain long-sighted.
Vision through the decades
0-10 years– Children during this decade are less likely to need a vision correction than in any other decade of life. Some children who are born with more significant amounts of long-sightedness can benefit from full-time spectacle wear to encourage their vision to develop normally. Well documented research has identified that children requiring glasses benefit from being fitted with contact lenses beyond a simple alternative to their specs. Children feel better about themselves in terms of physical appearance, feeling included in a social group, and also feel that they perform better during sporting activities. The clariti® daily disposable family of lenses caters exceptionally well to this group and offers important UV protection which is known to be particularly harmful to the younger eye.
10-20 years– As we undergo pretty significant changes during this decade, it will come as no surprise that our vision can also alter considering that any vision correction is a result of the size and shape of our eyes. Teenagers can often become short-sighted during this time, particularly if there is a family history of myopia. As they and their eyes continue to grow, so does their prescription, often changing at a seemingly alarming rate. Teenagers with uncorrected long-sight may start to experience headaches or tired eyes as their workload at school and exam stress begins to take its toll and a vision correction may be warranted. clariti® 1 day sphere and 1 day toric contact lenses are ideally placed to offer children and teenagers an additional alternative to their glasses.
20-30 years– This decade represents a relatively stable time for vision development although the visual demands of the world of work can contribute to symptoms that may need support of a vision correction. The clariti® family of contact lenses offers the perfect balance of health and comfort that supports contact lens wear even in the most challenging of work environments.
40 and beyond – Your 20s and 30s are over, family life is full, you are fit, healthy and unmedicated and your vision is set for life. Or is it? The beginning of middle life can bring with it a reminder that actually, you are not immune to time, and your eyes are often the first to point out this fact.
Pres-by-o-pia: What is it?
Imagine a digital camera. It can take a picture of a distant landscape or a close-up of your child’s face and both are clearly in focus. The camera lens can ‘auto-focus’ using clever technology to create the perfect picture. When we are born, our eye’s natural ‘auto-focus’ does exactly the same job- automatically changing focus when we look from distance to near. Over time, our auto-focus ability slows down as the lenses inside our eyes lose their flexibility until we experience a time-delay when changing focus from distance to near. This is called presbyopia and is perfectly natural and happens to everybody. Eventually by the time we are in our mid-40s, we need help to see close-up things clearly and comfortably.
What are my options?
Reading glasses give great vision for close-up thing like looking at the computer, reading menus and preparing an evening meal, but they make distance things like driving or watching the T.V. blurry so you have to keep taking them on and off which can be frustrating- you only have to think about everyday tasks like driving and looking at the sat-nav or watching T.V. and using a tablet at the same time to recognise the limitations of reading glasses. We are so used to instant access to our close up vision that reading glasses in a fast-paced modern world can often be incredibly inconvenient.
Varifocal glasses can be a more convenient option than reading glasses as they give good distance vision and close-up vision plus everything in-between. They can be worn all of the time, or not. As the reading part of the glasses is towards the bottom, it can be tricky to see close things above eye-level (supermarket shelves). They may also squash your side vision which can make reversing a car difficult and it’s difficult to relax on the sofa with a book as you have to hold your head in a particular position to see.
What about contact lenses?
It’s a well known fact that lots of people stop wearing contact lenses as they approach their 40s because they start to find it more tricky to see to text, use their iPads and computers and simply find their glasses correction more convenient. Nearly half of all contact lens wearers who are presbyopic are offered ‘reading glasses’ to wear in conjunction with their contact lenses when they need to see close-up which can be frustrating as we’ve already discovered. Some contact lens wearers are fitted with ‘monovision’ where one eye is fitted with a distance vision lens and the other is fitted with the prescription they need for close-up. This can delay the need for reading glasses but the problem with monovision is that it has a shelf-life. As the close-up prescription continues to increase over time there is a limit to how much close up can be corrected with the contact lens before it starts to upset the balance between the two eye for activities such as night time driving.
The great news is that there are multifocal contact lenses that can act as your ‘auto-focus’ and can help you to remain spectacle free for the majority of the time.
How do multifocal contact lenses work?
clariti® multifocal contact lenses use a sophisticated design that allows you to see clearly in the distance and close-up and everything in-between without reaching for your specs, a little bit like varifocal glasses, with one key advantage; you don’t need to hold your head in a particular way and you can see over a range of distances regardless of whether you are looking straight ahead or above or below eye level.
Your complete prescription range from distance through to near is incorporated over the centre of the contact lens giving your brain the opportunity to select the relevant image for the relevant task for the relevant distance. You can think of this a little bit like rain on a window- you can choose to look at the rain drops or the view- your brain ignores the picture that it is not interested in and concentrates on what you need to see.
Ingredients for success
Contact lenses need to be comfortable and healthy to wear and clariti® multifocal contact lenses have got this covered. Intelligent manufacturing methods use clever chemistry to make a contact lens that is super- breathable, super- flexible and super-smooth to make sure that you experience all day comfort. All of this with added UV filters to help protect your eyes against harmful exposure to UV means a perfect balance of health and comfort with clariti® multifocal contact lenses.
Vision for life
We know that everybody is different. This is why all clariti® contact lenses are available in both a daily disposable option or as a monthly disposable option which allows you complete flexibility in how you wear your contact lenses regardless of your lifestyle or lifestage.