United Kingdom, 6th January 2022 - ACUVUE® reveals that half (51%) of UK adults over 40 are currently dreaming about making the career switch to follow their true passion, with one in five wanting to follow their creative dream and become an author.

Researchers who polled 1,500 adults aged 40 plus and in employment, revealed a third of UK adults feel stuck in a rut (31%), with quarter (25%) of wanting to try new things after the pandemic halted some of our hobbies – with gardening (42%) and cooking (41%) listed as some of the nation’s favourite passions.

Interestingly, they don’t feel age is holding them back. Over half (52%) feel younger than their physical age, and almost a quarter (23%) believe they act and look younger than their parents did when they were the same age. For many, the decision to follow their passions is a positive of getting older, with a third no longer caring what anyone thinks and 37% enjoying the fact they are wiser due to life experience.

Despite this, almost half worry they are too old to take the leap (49%), 41% stay put in their jobs because they fear they don't have the right qualifications and over a third (36%) feel they don’t have the energy to make a change. However, 44% admit it is confidence that holds them back from trying new things or hobbies.

One in 10 blames their deteriorating eyesight for not plucking up the courage to do something different, with 37% believing this is making it more difficult for them to pursue the things that interest them.

This was highlighted by the fact that almost 60% of the nation have noticed that their eyesight has changed since entering their forties, with 22% admitting they have started to suffer from a very common condition called presbyopia.

Kate Stockwell, Head of Marketing, UK/Ireland Vision Care, Johnson & Johnson Vision said: “The study indicates many adults aged 40 and older lack the self-assurance to be brave and change the direction of their career, or even pursue a new hobby. For some, this is because they fear trying new things, and we know changing eyesight can affect confidence. If you haven’t needed vision correction before this point in your life it can feel daunting, but there are a number of options to have the vision you remember, including multifocal contact lenses. We would encourage anyone who thinks they might have presbyopia to visit their local optician.’’

In fact, two thirds (67%) of UK adults aged 40 and over struggle to read things up close, 43% find reading restaurant menus difficult and 29% have had to increase the text size on their smartphone because their vision has progressively changed as they grow older2. This is caused by presbyopia. It affects the eye’s ability to focus easily on nearer tasks. This happens because the lens inside the eye progressively loses some flexibility. Whilst this may sound like a rare complaint, it affects 27 million people in the UK, and most people will experience presbyopia from their forties onwards.

The good news is that there is a simple solution – ACUVUE® believes your eyesight should never hold you back as it is easy to transition to multifocal contact lenses, which allow you to see clearly near, far and in between1.

Martine McCutcheon, Brand Ambassador for ACUVUE® Multifocal contact lenses, who has presbyopia commented: “'I began to notice a change in my eyesight when I turned 40, and discovered I had presbyopia. Due to this, I felt a little less confident as my change in eyesight was a real indicator to me that I was getting older and needed to make some adjustments. I’m in an industry that you need to be 100 percentage on form for - it’s all or nothing - However, it was simple to make the switch to multifocal contact lenses– I didn’t want to put off visiting my optician any longer, especially if that meant being able to accept new and exciting roles and challenges, like signing my first modelling contract in 2021!” 

This January, ACUVUE® is launching a campaign titled ‘40 Firsts’ which shines a spotlight on people aged 40 and over who are using their life experience to forge successful new careers and showcasing their personal journeys and achievements. Almost a fifth (19%) of UK adults said that advice from others who’ve made a switch would help them find the confidence, and ACUVUE® has identified a selection of UK influential figures to share this, including:


  • Martine McCutcheon, actress and singer who signed with her first modelling agency in 2021

  • Manoj Malde, star of ‘Your Garden Made Perfect’ who made the switch from an award-winning career in fashion to follow his passion for garden design

  • Kelle Bryan, popstar and TV presenter who changed the direction of her career by securing a major role in Hollyoaks


ACUVUE® will turn their inspiring stories into masterclasses that can be viewed on ACUVUE® Instagram account @ACUVUEUK to inspire those who are lacking the confidence to try something new or transition to contact lenses.  




  1. JJV Data on File 2020. ACUVUE OASYS MULTIFOCAL Fit and Performance Claims.