Multifocal Contact Lenses

What is Presbyopia?

A common problem, particularly as we get older, Presbyopia makes it difficult to focus on close-up objects. This means that everyday tasks such as reading and using computers are made much harder. As a result, eyes require more than one power of prescriptive correction, which is where multifocal contact lenses come in.

What are multifocal contact lenses?

Multifocal contact lenses, sometimes known as “progressive contact lenses”, blend together two or more prescriptions to allow your eyes the ability to focus on objects at all distances.

Differences between bifocal and multifocal

The differences between the two types of lenses can be pretty confusing at times. But all you really need to know is that ’bifocal’ specifically refers to contact lenses with exactly two prescriptive powers in, whilst multifocals are any lenses with more than one.

Typically, multifocal lenses have a range of more than two prescriptions, however the term ‘multifocal’ is frequently used to describe bifocal lenses.

Types of multifocal contact lenses

  • Aspheric – This is the most common type of multifocal contact lens. Short and long distance prescriptions are blended together, allowing for your eyes to select the required prescription right in front of the pupil.
  • Concentric – Your normal prescription is provided in the centre of the lens, while different powers are offered in concentric rings around the middle.

As with regular and toric contact lenses, we stock a wide selection of daily, two weekly and monthly wear editions of your multifocal lenses.

For presbyopic correction from a daily disposable lens, popular choices include 1 Day Acuvue Moist Multifocal and Dailies AquaComfort Plus Multifocal. Alternatively, if you’re a monthly contact lens wearer, you might want to try PureVision Multifocal or Biofinity Multifocal.