Understanding The Differences Between Bifocal And Multifocal Contact Lenses

Unfortunately, you can't control the deterioration of your eyes, particularly when ageing.

If you're over 40 and squinting to read the tiny print on your phone or dining menu, it's time for an eye checkup. An eye examination might reveal whether you have age-related vision issues or Presbyopia.

Today's technology has given us a plethora of eyewear alternatives to help you see clearly from far away, including bifocal and multifocal contact lenses. This guide distinguishes the differences between both, helping you to establish what you might need.

Why Contact Lenses Are Great For Presbyopia

Presbyopia is the age-related loss of near vision. As you get older, the lens in your eye hardens and loses suppleness, making it more difficult to focus. 

You might discover you have this problem when you need to move your phone or book in order to read the words.

Today, a wide range of bifocal and multifocal contact lenses are available for not just persons who have Presbyopia, but also those who require both distant and near vision correction

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Bifocal Vs. Multifocal Contact Lenses

Bifocal lenses contain two different prescriptions in the same lens. Progressive glasses (multifocal lenses), on the other hand, have several focal points in each lens for distance, intermediate, and reading correction.

There are three different types of multifocal lenses:

  1. Concentric Multifocal Lens: These have concentric circles to correct both distance and nearsightedness. 
  2. Segmented Bifocal Lens: The distance prescription is found at the bottom of the lens and near prescription on the upper half, as with progressive eyeglasses. 
  3. Aspheric Multifocal Lens: The distance sight is in the middle and gradually adjusts as you walk away. 

Finding What's Right For You

Contact lenses are available in a variety of strengths and types for all sorts of eye problems, from daily disposables that give good vision every day without requiring cleaning, to affordable monthly disposables.

If you're used to wearing glasses and only use contact lenses occasionally, the monthly option may be preferable. Frequent wearers, however, might prefer the hygiene factors of daily disposables.

No matter what you need help with, we are here to help. Get in touch today if you wish to discuss your vision correction options further.