Multifocal contact lenses are a type of contact lens that are designed to correct both nearsightedness and farsightedness, as well as presbyopia. They have different prescriptions in different parts of the lens, allowing for a smooth transition between distance, intermediate, and near vision.
There are several types of multifocal contact lenses available, including:
- Simultaneous vision multifocal lenses: These lenses have both distance and near prescriptions in the same area of the lens. The wearer's eye automatically chooses the correct part of the lens to focus on.
- Alternating vision multifocal lenses: These lenses have a distance prescription on one half of the lens and a near prescription on the other half. The wearer's eye alternates between the two prescriptions as needed.
- Extended depth of focus lenses: These lenses use a special design that increases the depth of focus, allowing for improved near and intermediate vision without the need for multiple prescriptions in the same lens.
- Hybrid multifocal lenses: These lenses combine a rigid gas permeable center that corrects distance vision, with a soft skirt that corrects near vision.
Multifocal contact lenses can take some time to adjust to, as the brain needs to learn how to switch between the different prescriptions. It is important to work with one of our optometrists to find the right multifocal contact lens for your eyes and to receive proper fitting and follow-up care.