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What are multifocal contact lenses?

Multifocal contact lenses are also known as varifocal lenses and have many benefits for those with presbyopia. They blend two or more prescriptions together to allow your eyes the ability to focus on objects at all distances, giving you freedom from wearing varifocal glasses. Multifocal contact lenses are also known as ‘progressive contact lenses’.

The transition between these different prescriptions offers a more gradual transition than bifocal glasses and makes for seamless focusing on objects both near and far.

By offering two or more different prescriptive powers, varifocal contact lenses are able to ensure clear and concise vision across all distances, whether the object you’re looking at is right in front of your nose, a few metres in front of you, or on the other side of the street.

What are the differences between bifocal and multifocal contact lenses?

The differences between the two types of lenses can be confusing at times as different manufacturers use different terms. You might even find that in some places multifocal contact lenses are referred to as ‘bi-focal contact lenses’.

All you really need to know is that ’bifocal’ specifically refers to contact lenses with exactly two prescriptive powers in, whilst multifocal are lenses with more than one.

How to adapt to varifocal contact lenses

Adapting to varifocal lenses or multifocal contact lenses is no different from wearing any other lens. The first few days, your eyes will be adjusting to having a new corrective lens in your eye. For varifocal lenses in particular, your eyes will need to adjust to focusing while wearing a lens with more than one prescription. Your eyes take time to utilise the segment of the lens needed to focus on a particular object and distance.

You may notice the feeling of the lens, or have trouble inserting and removing the lens. This usually clears after a few days, and practice makes perfect when wearing lenses. You can read our full guide on inserting and removing contact lenses. If you experience continuous discomfort and issues with visual clarity, it is highly advisable that you speak to your optician.

Multifocal contact lenses: advantages and disadvantages

Advantages of wearing multifocal contact lenses –

  • Transitions easily between both prescriptions
  • Eliminates the need to switch between different glasses and lenses
  • You can choose from a wide range of wearing options such as daily wear, monthly or two weekly
  • Perfect for those who want a change of look, play sports, or have an active lifestyle

Disadvantages of wearing multifocal contact lenses –

  • Night-time glare and hazy or shadowed vision during the initial adjustment period
  • Having to adjust to the distinct viewing areas
  • Tends to be more expensive compared to standard contact lenses due to their higher power and the intricacy of fitting these 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 editions of your multifocal contact lenses.

What are the best daily multifocal contact lenses?

1 Day Acuvue Moist Multifocal Contact Lenses

Part of the Acuvue Moist range, these multifocal daily disposable contact lenses offer excellent presbyopic correction with an aspheric design that helps the lens follow the eye as it moves. LACREON® technology is the main element in these innovative daily disposables, locking in moisture and offering long-lasting hydration, particularly useful for those suffering from dry eyes.

Dailies AquaComfort Plus Multifocal Contact Lenses

Created by Alcon & Ciba Vision, these daily multifocal contacts ensure a seamless vision between different distances for your eyes. Highly convenient, they can be disposed of after use. Just put your lenses in when you wake up, enjoy a full day of wear, before disposing of them before bed. You can then insert a fresh pair of lenses in the next day.

Dailies Total 1 Multifocal Contact Lenses

These multifocal daily contact lenses can be worn for up to 16 hours a day, due to their high-water content and silicone hydrogel material. By wearing a new set of lenses every day, you can rely on total hygiene and enjoy complete visual clarity and comfort for the day before simply throwing the lenses away before going to sleep - no cleaning or storing routine needed.

What are the best monthly multifocal contact lenses?

Air Optix Aqua Multifocal Contact Lenses

The silicone hydrogel material of these contacts allows for a higher flow of oxygen in and out of the eye. Offering up to six times the amount of oxygen compared to standard hydrogel lenses. By using Unique Precision Profile technology, these multifocal lenses are able to contain multiple prescriptions in one lens and achieve complete visual clarity and crisp vision at short, intermediate and long distances.

Biofinity Multifocal Contact Lenses

These Biofinity lenses deliver a smooth and seamless vision at all distances for contact lens wearers with presbyopia. Made from silicone hydrogel for a refreshing and barely noticeable presence on your eye. Aquaform Technology works to lock in moisture and minimise the risk of dry eye for contact lens wearers. You can rely on hydrated, moisturised and healthy eyes with these multifocal contact lenses for presbyopia.

Proclear Multifocal Toric Contact Lenses

These innovative lenses combine the benefits of a multifocal contact lens and a toric lens for astigmatism. Multiple prescriptions are moulded together to achieve clear and crisp vision for the wearer, correcting both presbyopia and astigmatism. Rest assured you will receive sharp and consistent sight throughout the day, unaffected by distortions. PC Technology helps to lock moisture into the lens, keeping them moist and hydrating your eyes throughout wear.

What are the best two-weekly multifocal contact lenses?

Acuvue Oasys For Presbyopia Contact Lenses

Acuvue Oasys for Presbyopia offer a two weekly wear and can be worn for a whole week without removal as an extended wear contact lens, if approved by an optician. With an advanced aspheric design, multiple prescriptions are blended together with Stereo Precision Technology to correct presbyopia. These silicone hydrogel contact lenses allow up to six times the amount of oxygen to flow through the material than hydrogel lenses. Hydraclear® technology helps to prevent dry eyes and aid water retention.

Are there coloured multifocal contact lenses?

Unfortunately, coloured contact lenses are not available for multifocal prescriptions at this moment in time, and neither are there any manufacturers that currently offer this.

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