What you need to know about Multifocal & Bifocal contact lenses

10 February 2021
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Multifocal Contact Lenses

Choosing the right contact lenses can be confusing, and especially with the multitude of choice and specificity that’s out there. If you’re only starting off your journey with contact lenses now or have been at it for a while, it’s important to know the differences between multifocal contact lenses and bifocal contact lenses, and how each type of contact lenses might benefit you in the long run. Let’s start with defining what each type of contact lens is.

What are Multifocal Contact Lenses?

Multifocal contact lenses are prescribed to people with presbyopia. Wait, hold up. What is that even? Presbyopia, in short, is about losing your ability to focus actively on nearby objects. This is generally what happens to ageing eyes and the main reason for having to hold mobile phones and books at arm length to try read. Enter multifocal lenses. Multifocal contact lenses help people with presbyopia by allowing them to focus on objects at varying distances. They can do this by incorporating different lens powers into one lens.

What is a bifocal contact lens?

Unlike Multifocal contact lenses that can help transition focus easily across varying distances, bifocal contact lenses have only two optical powers, near and far. This means there are only two prescriptions in bifocal contact lenses. The one has an upper section to allow for long distance focus and then a lower section, for up-close reading. Bifocal contact lenses are prescribed to people with presbyopia, myopia, hyperopia and/or astigmatism.

Should I get multifocal contact lenses?

As previously mentioned, the best part of having multifocal contact lenses is being able to see in almost every situation without needing any other form of eyewear. The multi-optical benefits of multifocal contact lenses ensure convenience and ease wherever you might go. However, it must be said that these type of contact lenses can be difficult for yours eyes to adjust to at first, causing glares and starbursts. Due to the complexity of their design, they are also slightly more expensive than other prescription contact lenses.

Or should I get bifocal contact lenses instead?

Bifocal contact lenses are entirely dependent on what your lifestyle is. If you spend long periods of time commuting to work or long periods of time concentrating on reading work, then bifocal contact lenses might suite you better. Remembering that these prescription contact lenses are limited to two optical powers. Whatever you decide, always consult with your optometrist for what is best for you and your eyesight. Contact lenses, whether bifocal or multifocal, help give you the convenience of sight wherever you go and without having to worry about swapping between various glasses. Make sure you choose the right prescription for your needs as well as a trusted supplier that can deliver on time, every time.

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