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Are Multifocal Lenses Right for You?

September 19th, 2017

Have you recently picked up a flier but had to stretch your arm out to read the words? And maybe you’re squinting to see the TV screen? If so, multifocal contact lenses may be right for you.

Multifocal contact lenses combine multiple prescriptions into one lens. Rather than pairing reading glasses with normal contact lenses or struggling to see near and far, you can switch to these all-in-one lenses.

Who Needs Multifocal Lenses 

Multifocal contact lenses provide clear vision at all distances for people with refractive errors or presbyopia. What exactly are these conditions?

Refractive errors

Nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism are the primary refractive errors. We see the way we do because of how our eyes bend (or refract) light. If our eyes don’t correctly focus light, it can cause blurriness near or far.

Presbyopia

This condition starts anywhere from 40 to 45 years old. It’s a normal change in our eyes that comes with age. As we get older, we lose the ability to focus on near items, such as a text message, letter, or magazine. Unfortunately, no one can avoid presbyopia, it’s a natural phase in life.

How Multifocal Lenses Work

Multifocal lenses have a gradual transition between prescriptions rather than a sharp line. One pair of multifocal contacts called concentric multifocal lenses resembles the outline of a bull’s eye alternating between near vision and distance vision. Another pair called aspheric multifocal lenses resembles a circle with blended transitions. The near prescription starts in the middle and slowly reaches the distance prescription on the edges.

If you decide multifocal lenses will give you the clear vision you want without glasses, the next step is determining which brand works best for you. Disposable soft lenses come with a daily, two-week, or monthly replacement schedule.

If you would like more information on multifocal lenses, our team at Logan Eye Care can answer all your questions. Or if you think these lenses might be perfect for you, call us at (407) 333-7333 to schedule your appointment today.