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Your eyes age, just like the rest of you.

Nearly everyone experiences changes in their vision as they get older. You may have simple refractive shifts, like astigmatism, or common age related conditions such as presbyopia (trouble focusing near and far). If you notice changes in your vision, a visit to your eye doctor is your first step in addressing them.


Astigmatism is a common condition that affects many people – children as well as adults. People with astigmatism have blurry or distorted vision at all distances, varying with the strength of the astigmatism. They're often nearsighted or farsighted, as well.

Astigmatism can interfere with daily activities that require seeing far away, like road signs, and close-up, like reading a magazine. Untreated, astigmatism can lead to headaches, fatigue, squinting and pain in the muscles around the eye.

Think you might have astigmatism? Try a simple test.

There are two types of astigmatism. The first, called corneal, occurs when the cornea is more football-shaped instead of being round like a baseball. Light that enters an astigmatic eye has two points of focus both of which may be blurry rather than just one sharp point of focus on the retina. The second, called lenticular, occurs from irregular curvatures of the lens of the eye. Both types can be present at the same time.

Most astigmatism can be treated with ACUVUE® OASYS® Brand Contact Lenses for ASTIGMATISM or ACUVUE® ADVANCE® Brand Contact Lenses for ASTIGMATISM, which both feature our innovative Accelerated Stabilization Design for improved clarity and stability.


If you find it harder to read small print as you've reached your 40s or 50s, especially in low light, you probably have presbyopia. Don't worry, it happens to everyone. Presbyopia makes it hard to focus, especially close-up.

Starting around your 40s, the lens of your eye becomes less flexible, making it harder to adjust your focus quickly from far objects to near objects. And it can become tougher to focus on near objects at all as you get older. Untreated, presbyopia can lead to headaches and eye fatigue when doing close work.

Presbyopia shares some symptoms with farsightedness, but they aren't the same. Farsightedness is caused by an incorrectly shaped eye, whereas presbyopia occurs when the lens becomes less flexible, even in correctly shaped eyes.

Presbyopia can be corrected with bifocal or multifocal contact lenses like ACUVUE® OASYS®Brand Contact Lenses for PRESBYOPIA. This versatile lens allows you to see both near and far in each eye.