“I’m wearing contacts and I can finally see my iPhone without glasses!”

That was an actual Facebook status update from one of my patients in the office the other day. It’s pretty cool and gratifying to be able to give vision to people who didn’t have it before.

It’s normal for a 48-year-old to need their glasses to see up close, but Facebook and smart phones have really brought this reliance to a whole new level.

Facebook is now frequented by more than seven million users ages 40+, and many of these people are tired of searching for reading glasses just to check their family and friends’ status. People now are checking their News Feed everywhere from the line at Starbucks to every red light on the way to carpool – and they don’t want to have put on glasses every second to do it.

Enter contact lenses.

There are a few different ways to fit contacts to see up close, with the most common choices being multifocal lenses or monovision.

Multifocal contact lenses allow both eyes to see far, near and in between. This works by putting the focus for all distances in front of both eyes at the same time and allowing your brain to ‘focus’ on the clearest image.

Monovision is where one eye is corrected for distance vision and the other eye is corrected for seeing up close.

Both of these options have their pros and cons, but either could be your answer to seeing everything you want, including checking your Facebook just one more time before your number is called at the deli.

This information is brought to you by Clarin Eye Care, a father-and-son private optometry practice in Palmetto Bay.  Please call or contact our office for more information.