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Multifocal lenses: what you should know

Multifocal lenses: what you should know

As we age, it can become increasingly difficult for our eyes to focus on things up close. This is due to a condition called presbyopia, which becomes increasingly common in individuals over the age of 40, occurs when the lenses of our eyes become less flexible. This increased rigidity makes it increasingly difficult for our eyes to focus on objects up close.


To address this problem, people are typically prescribed a special kind of contact lens that has multiple powers to provide a specific type of vision correction. These types of lenses are called multifocal contact lenses.

What are multifocal contact lenses?

Multifocal contact lenses get their name from the multiple prescription strengths they provide to correct vision. The lenses are designed with different powers to correct refractive errors in multiple fields of vision, near, intermediate and long distances. The specific design of this kind of contact lens may vary in the way the different powers transition between the different fields of vision, from distance to near, but the function always remains the same.

Multifocal contact lenses problems you might encounter

There are some multifocal contacts problems you should take into consideration before making the switch. As with most contact lenses, it may take some time for you to become accustomed to wearing the lenses. It’s best to make the switch to multifocal lenses in the initial phases of presbyopia, so that your eyes and your brain can gradually become accustomed to focusing while wearing them.

Multifocal contact lenses vs progressive glasses

There are many benefits to wearing multifocal contact lenses instead of glasses. Other than their aesthetic appeal, multifocal contacts provide for greater freedom in vision, since you can use them to see in any direction, while progressive glasses do not. Wearing contact lenses instead of progressive glasses also means that you don’t need to have a pair of glasses on hand wherever you go.

Multifocal contact lenses are produced by most of the largest manufacturers and so they are available in daily-, weekly-, and monthly-disposable options, making it easy to order contacts online. If you think you are starting to develop presbyopia and you believe multifocal contact lenses could be a good solution for you, discuss multifocal contacts and different power gradations with your OD at your next eye appointment. You can order contacts online with insurance from Contacts Direct and have them shipped to your door hassle free!

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