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September 24, 2012
By Eola Eyes, Doctors of Optometry
Are you under the misconception that people who need bifocals can’t wear contact lenses? The day has come where people don’t need to go into a state of depression when they’re given the dreaded “bifocal diagnosis.” Now, just like everyone else, people who have differing prescriptions for near and far can also benefit from contact lenses and, in particular, multifocal contact lenses.
The patients who enjoy these special contact lenses are those who are experiencing what is known as presbyopia. This is a condition in which the lens of the eye loses its ability to change focus, making it difficult to see objects up close. People usually notice this between the ages of 40 and 45, when they realize that they need to hold reading materials further away in order to focus on them. If you are experiencing this, don’t worry! Presbyopia is normal, natural, and affects everyone.
In years past, the only option for mature contact lens wearers who did not want to wear reading glasses was monovision, where one eye was corrected for long distances and one was corrected for reading. This sometimes created a sense of imbalance or made intermediate vision—what we need to focus on the computer screen—strenuous. Understandably, most people prefer a more natural, balanced vision, using both eyes together, and multifocal lenses provide this balance.
Today’s contact lens technology includes a number of very successful options for these “lucky” bifocal or multifocal patients. Products such as Air Optix Multifocal and Biofinity Multifocal are excellent soft, disposable lenses that are specifically designed to work in unison with your eyes to provide clear vision at all distances with no blurring or interruptions in your eyesight. There are even daily disposable lenses called Proclear 1 Day Multifocal that offer the health and convenience of single use lenses, perfect for every day wear or special occasion wear when you don’t want the hassle of reading glasses.
Another option in multifocal contact lenses that we offer at Eola Eyes is Duette Multifocal by SynergEyes. These lenses have a stable, rigid center with a soft lens edge or “skirt” that delivers consistently crisp vision and the same all-day comfort of a soft lens. This new, state-of-the-art contact lens is specially designed for people over 40 who are looking for ways to see their best. This lens can sometimes provide for better near vision than a soft multifocal, especially for patients with astigmatism.
Beyond the options mentioned above, there are a number of other specialty, multifocal lens designs, now available to fit almost any prescription. Contact lenses can be prescribed for full-time or for occasional wear so that you can be free from glasses for any social or recreational activities that you may have planned. In order to join the world of clear, uninterrupted vision at all distances, you’ll need to come into Eola Eyes for a contact lens fitting and an exam with an optometrist. Say goodbye to your glasses and make an appointment today!