What are the best contacts for the blind?
Posted On July 17, 2021
Specialty contacts for people with vision loss are becoming increasingly popular, with consumers increasingly opting for them to reduce their overall costs of care.
In recent years, a number of specialty contact lenses have come to market to meet the needs of people with a range of vision loss.
Some specialty contacts include contacts that can help reduce the chance of vision problems like macular degeneration, macular macular disease, retinal detachment, macula detachment, retinitis pigmentosa and retinopathy pigmentosa.
However, research has shown that people with normal vision have a much higher risk of developing these problems, particularly in the older population.
A new study by researchers from the University of Queensland and the Australian National University suggests that people over the age of 65 who have had vision loss should consider buying a specialty contact lens to help manage the vision loss and help them manage their lifestyle.
Professor Alan Wilson from the Department of Neurobiology and Genetics at the University said it was time to consider the best contact lenses for people who have lost their sight.
“We have a lot of patients in the UK who have suffered from macular ocular degeneration and there are a lot more in Australia and New Zealand who have macular retinopathies, so this study really highlights the need to consider these lenses,” he said.
“If you have vision loss, you might be wondering whether you should have a specialty lens or not, and the answer is ‘yes’.”
People who have been in the eye for 20 years or more have been told that they should have an optic nerve replacement.
They’re told ‘don’t worry, you’ll be fine, the lens will fit, you’re just wearing a pair of contacts.’
“Professor Wilson said he hoped that the findings of the study would inspire other researchers to take a look at specialty lenses.”
The research that we’re seeing from the people who are using these lenses, we’re just starting to see the impact that these lenses are having on people,” he explained.”
There are studies that have been done in the US and other countries that have shown that these are a really effective, cost-effective, effective, safe alternative to using an ophthalmic lens.
“So we’re really just starting, but it is encouraging that there is a real appetite for specialty lenses.”
Professor Wilson and his team are now looking to develop a specialised lens to meet a particular vision loss group.