Contact lenses aren't just for those that are near-sighted. If you wear bifocals or multifocals glasses, you can also wear contact lenses. This is especially good news if you aren't fond of glasses or participate in activities where glasses are uncomfortable. The following guide can help answer some of your questions about multifocal lenses.
Who is a good candidate for multifocal lenses?
Anyone that can wear single-vision contacts can also wear multifocal lenses. They are especially useful for those that engage in sports or that spend a lot of time on the computer, since these activities make it hard to switch between different glasses. If you were previously wearing contacts and pairing them with a pair of reading glasses, you will quickly adapt to the use of multifocal contact lenses.
Are there disposable options?
Many people prefer disposables simply because they require minimal maintenance and they are highly hygienic. Fortunately, multifocal lenses also come in a disposable version. Disposables are also often thinner and lighter than longterm wear contacts, which makes them more comfortable.
What is the adjustment period like?
There are two things to adjust to with multifocals – basic contact wear and as well as multifocal use. If you previously wore bifocal or multifocal glasses, this adjustment will be easy because you have already trained yourself on how to use the the different distance zones across the lenses – contacts work the same as glasses. You normally look straight through the lenses to see far away, and lower to see close up, with varying zones of focus between these two extremes. Adjustment to wearing the lenses themselves may take a few days, if you have no prior contact lenses experience, but it is a painless process. Begin by wearing them for just an hour or two until your eyes adjust, if necessary.
Are there special care requirements?
Multifocal lenses are generally stiffer than single vision soft contacts so that they can stay in place on the eye, but they aren't more difficult to care for. If you wear weekly or monthly disposables, you simply clean them with a saline rinse and store them in saline between wearings. Daily disposables simply go in the trash. Non-disposables will require a deep cleaning every week with a product designed to get rid of protein deposits.
For more help or to learn more about multifocal contact lenses, contact an eye doctor in your area.