Multifocals are lenses that allow you to see near, far and in between. Over 40? When you don't want to wear glasses or reading glasses, read on for the incredible solution.
Specially designed to incorporate multiple prescriptions, multifocal contact lenses are particularly popular for people with presbyopia who lead an active lifestyle.
Are you one of the 4 types of people who are good candidates for multifocal contacts?
Patients who benefit from multifocal contact lenses are typically:
- Over 40
- Presbyopia sufferers
- Need more than one prescription
(ie: hyperopia & myopia)
- Contact lens wearers
Age related near-vision blurriness is so common, it's actually considered normal. But that doesn't mean you can't treat it. Even if you have both nearsightedness and farsightedness - and want to be able to see clearly at all distances - you don't have to let glasses get in the way of your favorite activities. Switching into reading glasses every time you want to focus on something up close is a drag. It's not too late to try contacts, even if you haven't worn them up until now.
What types of multifocal contacts are there?
- Material: Multifocal contact lenses are available as soft contacts, rigid gas permeable (GP or hard contacts) or a combination of the two in a hybrid contact lens form by certain manufacturers. Silicone hydrogel is one of the latest contact lens materials, allowing more oxygen flow for more comfort.
- Wearing schedule: Depending on the type, multifocal contacts may be available in a variety of wearing schedules, including extended wear and disposables.
- Brands include:
- Air Optix Aqua Multifocal (Alcon)
- Bausch + Lomb Ultra for Presbyopia (Bausch + Lomb)
- Biofinity Multifocal (CooperVision)
- Acuvue Oasys for Presbyopia (Johnson & Johnson Vision Care)
- Duette Progressive and Duette Multifocal (SynergEyes) hybrid contact lenses, which have a central optical zone made of GP lens material for crisp optics and a peripheral fitting zone made of soft silicone hydrogel material for comfort.
How do multifocal contact lenses work?
Multifocals can be divided into 2 basic designs plus a 3rd type of technique:
To determine the best contact lenses for your vision needs when you reach "bifocal age," call our office for a consultation.
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*Multifocal contact lens screening at no extra charge when you come for an eye exam