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(reply to Samurai)


You may still develop a problem with reading; it happens to most people (if it's going to) in their early 40s. I think for me it happened at 41 or 42.

I think that what you are doing -- wearing glasses most of the time and contacts some of the time -- needs to be what's best for your eyes' health. If that's what an optometrist or opthalmologist recommends, then you're doing the right thing.

But if you're doing that just for cosmetic purposes -- meaning, if the contacts actually correct your vision better -- I would wear the contacts.

I couldn't find any evidence that people just can't successfully wear contacts because of their age. In fact, there are some contacts newly developed JUST for aging eyes that are experiencing a condition called presbyopia. But what happens is that changes in the eye sometimes make contacts uncomfortable or not practical, so people stop wearing them.

Here's a page about those new contacts for aging eyes:

Remember that progress in this area goes on constantly. In 10 years, we have no idea what kinds of contacts and/or eye treatments will be available to us. And you can be assured that the millions of aging baby boomers are not all going to want to turn in their contact lenses!!!

There is also the possibility of laser eye surgery, which is a permanent correction to the eyes. You may find yourself considering this if you are worried about the contacts-glasses problem. (I don't think I look good in glasses either, so I understand where you're coming from!)

Does this information help at all?

March 12, 2010 - 8:49am


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