Multifocal lenses are also known as varifocal lenses and have many benefits for those with presbyopia. This article discuss everything you need to know about these contact lenses and will advise on the best varifocal lenses available. We will also explore the problems people face when adjusting to varifocals. This includes experiencing headaches or having to trial different strengths in separate eyes to get the perfect prescription for yourself. In this instance, we would always recommend visiting an optometrist.
What are varifocal contact lenses?
First things first, multifocals are also known as ‘varifocal contact lenses’ or ‘progressive contact lenses’. Multifocals or 'varifocal contact lenses' have been designed to correct the visual issue of presbyopia. They blend together two or more prescriptions to allow your eyes the ability to focus on objects at all distances, giving you the freedom from wearing varifocal glasses.
The transition between these different prescriptions is much more gradual than with bifocal glasses and makes for seamless focusing on objects both near and far.
By offering two or more different prescriptive powers, multifocal 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.
How do varifocal contact lenses work?
By offering two or more different prescriptive powers, these progressive contact lenses can ensure clear and concise vision across varying distances.
How to adapt to multifocal contact lenses?
Varifocal contact lenses may take a while to adapt to and can cause problems whilst getting used to.
Varifocal contact lens problems:
Whilst adapting to varifocal contact lenses, you may experience the following problems:
- Nighttime glare and hazy or shadowed vision during the initial adjustment period
- Having to adjust to the distinct viewing areas
- The higher expense compared to standard contact lenses due to their higher power and intricacy to fit these lenses
How long does it take to get used to varifocal contact lenses?
If you have been prescribed multifocal lenses for the first time, it may take some time to getting used to. Your brain will be adjusting to your new view point and it can sometimes take around two weeks to fully adjust. The best way to get used to varifocals is by wearing them consistently.