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Multifocal Contact Lenses

Multifocal contact lenses provide multiple prescriptions in one lens, so wearers can see varying distances easily and clearly. They are designed for people with presbyopia so they can switch between seeing things close to them and at a distance without blurring or difficulty.

Multifocal lenses come in various prescriptions and from a range of leading brands, so you can find a lens that suits your specific needs and requirements. For example, some multifocal lenses are designed to be particularly hydrating to combat dryness and irritation or made with oxygen permeable materials to keep the eyes fresh and moist.

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About Multifocal Contact Lenses

Multifocal contact lenses provide multiple prescriptions in one lens, so wearers can see varying distances easily and clearly. They are designed for people with presbyopia so they can switch between seeing things close to them and at a distance without blurring or difficulty.

Multifocal lenses come in various prescriptions and from a range of leading brands, so you can find a lens that suits your specific needs and requirements. For example, some multifocal lenses are designed to be particularly hydrating to combat dryness and irritation or made with oxygen permeable materials to keep the eyes fresh and moist. 

Benefits of wearing multifocal contact lenses

Multifocal lenses offer several benefits to wearers, not least in that they provide vision correction for people with presbyopia who don’t want to wear glasses. This may be due to leading an active lifestyle or for aesthetic reasons. With multifocal contact lenses, you don’t need to worry about switching between different lenses or glasses prescriptions, as you can contain them all to one lens, making it easier to transition between different distances.

These types of lenses eliminate the need to tilt the head to focus, as sometimes is needed with glasses, and they provide better peripheral vision than glasses can offer. As with all contact lenses, multifocal lenses are particularly well suited to people who enjoy playing sports or exercising, as you can see multiple vision zones clearly without needing to wear glasses which can slip down or become damaged easily.

Best selling and popular multifocal contact lenses

1 Day Acuvue Moist Multifocal – These are daily lenses which are perfect for presbyopia wearers, with a unique back-curve design which delivers clearer vision across a range of distances and also provides greater comfort and improves eye health.

Clariti 1 Day Multifocal – Using WetLoc technology, these daily lenses create a layer of moisture on the eye which keeps them moist and comfortable throughout the day. They also have Somofilcon which keeps the eyes oxygenated and healthy.

Dailies AquaComfort Plus Multifocal – A daily use lens, these lenses have a blink-activated technology and moisturising agents to keep the eyes hydrated all day long to reduce irritability.

Air Optix Aqua Multifocal – These are monthly lenses for wearers with presbyopia which are made using silicone hydrogel to increase oxygen flow to the eyes and maintain comfort for the wearer throughout the day. They also have Smart Shield Technology which reduces irritation and prevents deposit build-up.

Biofinity Multifocal – The Biofinity Multifocal lenses allow maximum oxygen levels to reach the eyes which keeps them healthy and comfortable, preventing dehydration by retaining water thanks to the Aquaform Technology.

Dailies Total 1 Multifocal – Designed for people with presbyopia prescriptions, these lenses have SmarTears and water gradient technology which delivers optimal levels of hydration and breathability.

Biotrue ONEday for Presbyopia – These lenses contain 78% water to keep the eyes hydrated and refreshed throughout the day, along with a UV filter to protect the eyes from harmful sun rays.

Clariti Monthly Multifocal – These monthly lenses feature an aspheric back surface and centre near design to keep them secure and comfortable on the eyes. They have AquaGen technology and a higher water content for a refreshing wear.

Acuvue Oasys for Presbyopia – These bi-weekly lenses have Hydraclear Plus technology which makes them incredibly comfortable to wear throughout the day, along with a UV filter for protection from the sun.

Purevision Multi-Focal – Made from silicone hydrogel, these lenses are designed to keep your eyes free from debris and have AeroGel technology to enable you to wear them for 30 days comfortably.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if I need multifocal contact lenses?

Multifocal contact lenses need to be prescribed to you by your optician. They will carry out an eye exam to determine if these lenses are the best fit for your needs. There are two main reasons why someone will need multifocal contact lenses. The first, and most common, is presbyopia which is also known as ageing eyes. It’s a condition that becomes progressively worse and becomes harder to see things at a distance.

It can cause headaches and eye strain from trying to focus on things that your eyes are struggling to see clearly. It’s a common condition in people aged 35 and over, but some people younger than this may also be diagnosed. Multiple refractive errors may also be a cause of needing multifocal lenses, which means that your eyes struggle to adapt to varying distances, leading to blurred vision.

What is presbyopia?

Presbyopia is the gradual loss of your ability to focus on objects up close. It’s a natural condition that can occur with age, and appears more in people past the age of 35 and tends to worsen as we get older. So, what causes presbyopia? In order for your eyes to focus, they rely on the cornea and lens. The closer the object we’re trying to focus on, the more the lens of the eye flexes and the muscles around the cornea contract, and when we look to the distance, the muscles around the cornea relax.

In younger people, the lens is typically softer and flexes more easily, while it can harden as we age. Presbyopia is caused by this hardening of the lens, making it more difficult for the lens to curve to focus on different distances.

Can I wear lenses with presbyopia?

Yes, multifocal lenses are designed to correct the side effects of presbyopia by offering two or more prescriptions in one lens to correct the weaknesses in the eyes. There are two main multifocal contact lens designs. The most popular is concentric circles which have the lens power prescribed for different distances. A blended design is less common but keeps the prescriptions for near and far distances close to the centre of the eye and copies a natural viewing experience.

What is the difference between multifocal and other contact lenses?

Multifocal lenses are designed to have a gradual transition between prescriptions for closer distances on one end and longer viewing distances on the other. They work in a similar way to progressive glasses, while normal contact lenses don’t have this. Bifocal lenses have two distinct segments for different vision powers, which means it's easier to switch from near to far as needed, but your vision won’t necessarily be clear in between.

How much do multifocal contact lenses cost?

Multifocal lenses are similarly priced to regular contact lenses and the cost varies depending on whether you choose monthly, bi-weekly or daily lenses, and the quantity you buy. For daily multifocal contact lenses, a pack of 30 lenses will range between £23 and £37, while monthly lenses will cost between £22 and £36 for a pack of three which will last you three months. For a pack of 6, you could expect to pay between £41 and £57.

How do you wear and care for multifocal contact lenses?

Caring for multifocal lenses is the same as the process for caring for normal lenses. If you have disposable daily lenses then you will simply throw the lenses away after you’ve worn them and insert a fresh pair the next time you want to wear your lenses. For bi-weekly or monthly lenses, you will need to clean and store them after each wear and dispose of them after two weeks or 30 days respectively.

Make sure you have clean, dry hands before touching your lenses or eyes so as to avoid transferring bacteria to your lenses, and make sure you have a multi-purpose solution that is suitable for your lenses. Fill the storage container with fresh solution and clean the lens by placing it in the palm of your hand and pouring a small amount of solution on the surface to gently rub in with your index finger for 30 seconds to remove deposits. Rinse your lens again with more solution and then store in the container, repeating the process for the other eye.

How long do multifocal contact lenses last?

The amount of time multifocal lenses last will depend on the type of lenses you have and the manufacturer. Lenses and solutions have an expiry date which you should always follow to ensure you prevent infections and vision problems. Once worn, your lenses will either be suitable for daily wear, two weekly or monthly wear, depending on the lenses you’ve chosen.

How do you store multifocal contact lenses?

Multifocal lenses can be stored in the same way as you would store regular contact lenses. Before you remove your lenses, make sure your hands have been cleaned and dried thoroughly and that you have cleaned your storage container with fresh cleaning solution. You should replace your container regularly to prevent a build-up of bacteria which can lead to eye infections. Follow the steps above to remove your lenses and then store in your contact lens container, filling with fresh solution until you next want to wear your lenses. If you are finding that cleaning and storing your lenses is too time consuming, you may prefer the convenience and ease of daily disposables which don’t need cleaning or storing.

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