Studies have suggested that older adults who wear multifocals
(bifocals or trifocals) may be at higher risk of falls, particularly when they first start wearing them.
, monovision worked very well for 50 years or more, but it created compromises in vision that some people could never get used to," Gordon said.
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Single vision lenses improve all these factors in adaptive multifocal
wearers but as Professor Elliott explained, it's not as simple as changing all multifocal
wearers to single vision to eradicate falls: some inactive people do fall less in multifocals
as their reaction time can be better (for instance in order to grab a handrail), whereas fit, active people fall less in single vision lenses.
I would encourage practitioners to take people through their options and give them the chance to say if they want to spend money, or to go through health insurance to choose multifocals
over single vision lenses," she said.
Other lens types that utilise simultaneous images for the relief of presbyopia include rigid gas permeable (RGP), hybrid multifocals
(RGP surrounded by a soft "skirt") and sclerals.
Kicking off proceedings, Karl Aberdeen, CooperVision's UK and Ireland professional relations manager, promised delegates that their view of multifocals
'would change' following the afternoon's proceedings.
Silicone hydrogel lenses which have less water to lose can be used for monovision and now for multifocals
which broadens the options.
from Norville is designed to replace lined multifocals
and to restore the intermediate vision which bifocal wearers have found missing.
The next meeting for the Scottish Contact Lens Society will take place on May 12 with Glen Ward from Mark'ennow speaking on toric multifocals