• What are Multifocal Contact Lenses

What are Multifocal Contact Lenses?

It may be hard to believe that the first con­cept for con­tact lens­es was thought of more than 500 years ago by the genius inven­tor Leonar­do Da Vin­ci. Since those first sketch­es, the tech­nol­o­gy has come a long way in the con­tact indus­try. From hard to soft con­tacts to ones that help cor­rect astig­ma­tism, con­tact lens­es have tru­ly changed the way peo­ple can enjoy their lives.

Before con­tacts, glass­es made some activ­i­ties dif­fi­cult to take part in, which can tru­ly hin­der an active lifestyle. One of the most remark­able advances made to the con­tact lens is their abil­i­ty to cater to those indi­vid­u­als that have pres­by­opia.

What is presbyopia?

Pres­by­opia is the con­di­tion that makes it dif­fi­cult to focus on objects that are up close and it usu­al­ly results from aging. When you focus on objects at dif­fer­ent dis­tances, your lens needs to be flex­i­ble in order to con­tract or expand prop­er­ly, to help focus the incom­ing light on the reti­na.

When we age, our lens­es nat­u­ral­ly lose their elas­tic­i­ty and become less flex­i­ble, which often results in trou­ble focus­ing on objects that are close.

The com­mon solu­tion to this con­di­tion is read­ing glass­es or “cheaters” to help indi­vid­u­als read up close mate­r­i­al. How­ev­er, for those who suf­fer from addi­tion­al vision prob­lems, bifo­cal or mul­ti­fo­cal lens­es in glass­es are the solu­tion. These lens­es offer dif­fer­ent pre­scrip­tions with­in the same lens to cor­rect for dif­fer­ent dis­tances.

But, as men­tioned above, glass­es often present sev­er­al lifestyle lim­i­ta­tions and are not the first choice for many indi­vid­u­als. There are a few solu­tions to this tricky refrac­tive error that many 40+ indi­vid­u­als expe­ri­ence.

What is presbyopia

The first solu­tion is to wear con­tacts that cor­rect the dis­tance vision prob­lem and car­ry a spare pair of read­ing class­es for the times where near vision is nec­es­sary. This is per­haps the sim­plest option but real­ly offers lit­tle, with regards to the incon­ve­nience of always hav­ing to bring those “cheaters” in case a sit­u­a­tion requires fine print read­ing or detailed work.

The next option for solv­ing the issue of pres­by­opia is referred to as mono­vi­sion. When you choose this solu­tion, it means that you wear one con­tact that is suit­ed to cor­rect the dis­tance error and the oth­er con­tact that is pre­scribed to cor­rect the up close error. This may sound like a headache wait­ing to hap­pen; that is often true at first because of the adjust­ment your eyes and brain have to go through with a split vision clar­i­ty. How­ev­er, the brain does an incred­i­ble job of adapt­ing and uti­liz­ing the mono­vi­sion sys­tem to cre­ate clear vision images at all dis­tances.

The final solu­tion that is avail­able for those look­ing for the free­dom of con­tacts to cor­rect their pres­by­opia is mul­ti­fo­cal con­tact lens­es. How do mul­ti­fo­cal con­tact lens­es work? These con­tacts oper­ate on the same premise as bi- or mul­ti­fo­cal glass­es, by offer­ing two or more pre­scrip­tion pow­ers to accom­mo­date mul­ti­ple focal points and allow an indi­vid­ual to see clear­ly at vary­ing dis­tances.

Thanks to the tech­nol­o­gy today, mul­ti­fo­cal con­tact lens­es have tremen­dous­ly improved and users find them com­fort­able and easy to wear. You can ask your eye doc­tor to explain in more detail just exact­ly what are mul­ti­fo­cal con­tact lens­es.

If you’ve tried all of these solu­tions, or want to skip to a more reli­able one, refrac­tive laser eye surgery may be the right choice for you. Laser eye surgery can solve a vari­ety of vision errors and great­ly reduce the need for glass­es or con­tacts.

If an active lifestyle is your goal or you have tried every oth­er option, give us a call today. At Dia­mond Vision, we under­stand just how impor­tant see­ing life clear­ly is to you and we want to help you take back the con­ve­nience in your life. Our staff of award-win­ning sur­geons pro­vide the very best pro­ce­dures that uti­lize the lat­est tech­nolo­gies and tech­niques, in order to pro­vide excep­tion­al results for our patients. To learn more about how Dia­mond Vision can help you see clear­ly again, call us today for your free con­sul­ta­tion.

October 24th, 2018|Comments Off on What are Multifocal Contact Lenses?

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