• 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?

About the Author:

Born in Connecticut and raised in Upstate New York , Dr. Stetson graduated Cum Laude from Colgate University in New York, and then earned an MD degree with honors at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He distinguished himself again in residency at the Albany Medical Center, where he obtained the highest percentile in the Ophthalmology Knowledge Assessment Examinations. Dr. Stetson has performed more than 50,000 refractive surgeries and has been on staff at Diamond Vision since 2004, before becoming Medical Director in 2006.
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