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Published on June 3, 2022 by Super Optical Express

Refractive errors are some of the most common vision problems today. Do you need to hold a book, phone, tablet, or restaurant menu farther from your eyes to improve its clarity? Do you find it difficult to see road signs while driving? If so, you might have presbyopia. 


What Is Presbyopia?


This is the gradual loss of one’s ability to focus on nearby objects. It is one of the most common vision conditions that develop as you age. It usually becomes more noticeable in the early-to-mid 40s and worsens until the late 60s. 


You may start noticing that you have presbyopia when you begin to hold newspapers, books, or your phone nearer your eyes to read. A basic eye exam will determine whether you have this vision condition. 


Contact Lenses for Presbyopia


Bifocal and multifocal lenses can help address presbyopia by providing distance and near vision correction. They can accommodate various prescriptions in one lens to allow you to focus clearly on objects at different distances. Whether you are driving or reading, these lenses can come in handy. 


Multifocal Lenses


These types of lenses offer the best of both worlds. They are like bifocals. However, they contain powers to provide clear vision at all distances. These include near, intermediate, and distance vision and any other ability needed for visual clarity. They blend different lens powers without a bisecting line. That makes them more effective and attractive than bifocals.


Types of Multifocal Lenses


The main types of multifocal lenses are:


  • Premium personalized progressive multifocal lenses.

  • Premium progressive lenses.

  • Standard lenses.


Before you purchase multifocal lenses, you need to learn about the pros and cons of each type of multifocal lens. Your eye doctor will help you make the right decision following an eye exam. 


Are They Right for You?


As you probably know, contact lenses are plastic eye devices designed to rest on top of your cornea to fix various refractive errors. Do you have myopia, astigmatism, or presbyopia? Do you have more than one refractive error? If so, there are ways to manage your condition. You do not need to purchase different pairs of corrective eyewear. 


Your eye doctor may recommend bifocal or multifocal lenses to correct your refractive errors. Are you wondering whether multifocal lenses are right for you? If so, as stated earlier, they can allow you to see near, intermediate, and distant objects with better visual acuity. Also, you will not need to juggle devices such as reading glasses and other contact lenses. However, you need to understand that multifocal lenses are not for everyone. 


How Multifocal Lenses Work


Any contact lenses with two or more prescriptions or powers are multifocal lenses. Most people are familiar with bifocal lenses. But there are other lenses, such as trifocals and progressive lenses. 


Multifocal lenses allow users to alternate between different activities with ease. They have separate sections for different prescription powers. That allows for a smoother transition between different visual areas. If you have more than one refractive error, multifocal lenses may be the best option. 


For more on multifocal lenses or to schedule an appointment , call Super Optical Express at 352-702-9700 to reach our office in Gainesville, Florida.


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