Multifocal Contact Lenses

Often in life we must use products that provide assistance in multiple ways. For many people, as time goes on, one of the instances where multitasking products are required is in the case of eye care. Multifocal glasses are worn by millions of people each year who need lenses to help them get clear vision both near and far. Yet what many consumers don’t realise is that multifocal contact lenses also exist. Here’s the rundown on these products.

What are multifocal contact lenses and who can wear them?

Multifocal contact lenses allow wearers to see clearly in near and distance vision, without the need for glasses. These multifocal lenses are made with more than one type of lens power; they have multiple prescriptions in each lens. As a result, they work on vision at varying distances without the need to change contacts or to add glasses.

All-in-one contact lenses like this assist people with presbyopia (a type of long-sightedness caused by loss of elasticity of the eye’s lens), which usually happens in middle and old age. When people can no longer focus on objects up close due to the ageing process, but also have trouble seeing at an intermediate or far distance because of other vision impairment, they require multifocal prescriptions.

There are no hard and fast rules about who can wear multifocal contacts. With these lenses, it comes down to what an optometrist or eye doctor recommends for your particular eye sight and eye care. However, in general people start wearing these contact lenses at the age of forty and above to help their sight.

Keep in mind, too, that with any lenses, multifocal ones or other types, it does take some time to adjust to the sensation of wearing them.

What is the difference between multifocal contacts and bifocal contact lenses?

It’s important to know the difference between multifocal contacts and bifocal contact lenses, as they are distinct products and you need to order the correct option if you want to see correctly and protect your eye health. Multifocal options are designed with a gradual transition between usually two different prescriptions (a close reading one and a normal distance viewing or even far-off viewing one). They work in the same kind of way as progressive eyeglasses do for your eyes.

On the other hand, a bifocal contact lens has much more of a distinction. There is a sharp, abrupt edge between the near and far vision sections of the lens. As a result, some people require contact lenses with a multi focus lens, while others do better with bifocal types.

How do multifocal lenses for presbyopia work?

Ageing brings with it numerous challenges but thankfully as your near and distance vision go, you can take advantage of multifocal contact products to correct issues. These lenses help to correct presbyopia by accommodating multiple prescriptions on a single lens so you don’t have to give up one for the other.

Popular products such as the Air Optix contact lens choices help people every day to again see clearly at a range of distances, whether in the day or in the dark. These multifocal contact options really do work, and are perfect for people who don’t like the look or feel of glasses.

What types of multifocal contact lenses are there?

When it comes to contact lenses, multifocal products come in numerous choices. There are both soft lens and rigid gas permeable (known as hard or “RGP”) lens materials, with soft lenses often being the most popular because of comfort levels and quicker user adaptability.

In addition, there are two common multifocal lens shape designs on the market to be aware of:

  • Concentric multifocal lenses

    These are the most popular contact lens choice in the multifocal arena. They have concentric circles on the lens and these rings alternate near and distance corrections. Picture a bull’s eye pattern to give you an idea of how they work.

  • Aspheric multifocal lenses

    These contact lenses are designed in a similar way to progressive eyeglasses. They have a blended transition between the multiple prescription options. Either the distance or the near prescription is set up in the centre of the lenses, and then this changes, gradually, to the other vision correction as you move outwards. There are no visible lines in aspheric multifocal contact lenses. To ensure clear vision, most of these contact lenses are weighted. This helps them to stay in the proper position so users enjoy clear multifocal vision all day.

  • How expensive are lenses made with a multifocal prescription?

    For multifocal lenses, price varies depending on the type you choose, the material they're made from, your prescription, and where you get the lenses made up. As a comparison, a contact lens product like Air Optix that features lenses that are multifocal is similar in cost to toric lenses or another specific type of prescription.

    If you need to buy some new multifocal products this year, why not try out contact lenses with a multifocal prescription? At Contact Connection, we have available all top brands of lenses, multifocal, bifocal and more. Chat to us about helping you find quality daily or monthly contact lenses, multifocal if that works best, or we can set you up with reading glasses that you pair with normal contact lenses, or even explore other options.