Multifocal contact lenses are meant for patients who have trouble with seeing both near and far. Therefore, depending on where you look, these contacts help you adjust to objects at different distances.
Some people who deal with both nearsightedness and farsightedness still choose to wear a traditional contact and not address one of their issues (usually the farsightedness). But, if these issues are severe, or as your farsightedness becomes worse (which it often will with age) multifocal contacts become more and more effective.
Within the multifocal category, there are many options to choose from, which all vary by price, preference, and comfortability. But, before we dive into all the different contact lens options, we wanted to share some background on the history of multifocal lenses.
Multifocal contacts refer to when a patient has two (or more) prescriptions in each lens, to help the wearer see near and far.
Bifocals are a type of multifocal, that has only two different visions in each lens. Meanwhile, trifocals, are a type of multifocal that has three different vision powers in the lens. As mentioned above, each of these lens types allows the wearer to look into a different part of the contact to get a different type of vision correction. Lastly, progressive multifocals are becoming increasingly popular, which rather than section-off the different lens powers, this type of contact gets progressively stronger (typically) as you can use an increasingly powerful prescription as a situation dictates.
When the different prescriptions are segmented into different portions of the contact, like in the first and second example described above, these are called segmented contacts. When the contacts get progressively stronger these are called either concentric or aspheric contacts depending on the model.
Both options take some getting used to, but with effort, you can adjust to these lenses and then you will benefit from being able to use a variety of corrective lenses at the same time.
Multifocal contacts are a good amount more expensive than traditional monofocal contacts. The graph below looks at all the top multiufocal contacts on the market and organizes them by price:
Daily disposable contacts are nice since every day you get to start fresh with a new pair of contacts. What’s even better is that as the daily disposable technology has improved, you can now buy daily multifocal lenses. Here is our selection of the best options on the market:
Biotrue ONEday for Presbyopia offers a 3-Zone Progressive design that is built to take the strain off your eyes while providing seamless vision improvement for near, far and everything in-between.
Beyond this cutting-edge design, Biotrue has developed a number of other technologies that are effective at hydrating the eye, making this a comfortable, as well as effective option.
Johnson & Johnson is a well-respected company that always creates a quality product. These daily contacts are no exception. Between their moisture rich Lacreon technology and the built-in UV protection, these contacts can keep your eyes protected and your sight clear all day long.
While daily contacts are nice, sometimes longer-wear contacts fit better, feel better, or simply align better with your daily routine.
So, here are the best weekly soft lenses for multifocal contacts:
Air Optix Aqua Multifocal contacts are specifically designed to handle the weight of a multifocal prescription, as well as provide long-lasting comfort and hydration to the eyes. With this brand’s Precision Profile feature, these contacts work naturally with the wearer’s eyes.
Bausch + Lomb Ultra for Presbyopia are equipped with a breathable design, made for comfort and clarity. But, what makes them unique, is that they are built to resist protein and be worn for long stretches of time. According to the manufacturers, these contacts can be worn for up to sixteen-plus hours without losing any clarity, or comfort, making these an ideal choice for anyone who works long hours, or hates cleaning their contacts on a regular basis.
For Rigid Gas Permeation lenses, there is a lot of measuring that is involved, because the plastic needs to fit the eye perfectly for the prescription to work. The good thing about that is that each patient will receive a custom, perfectly calibrated lens each time.
Here are a few of the best RGP Lenses that also work as great multifocal contacts:
Boston ES lenses, made by Polymer Technology is known for giving uses incredibly crisp and clear vision while maintaining comfort. This is particularly true in their multifocal offerings, as multifocal contacts require a great deal of precision to be as effective as possible. The hard lens of RGP contacts allows for greater precision making this an interesting option for anyone who wants to maximize their vision improvements.
Beyond the vision benefits, these contacts are durable and can last for up to a year, so you only need to buy one pair every 365 days.
Optimum is a brand that is always trying to innovate. With their Optimum Comfort contacts, they have developed an RGP contact that achieves high marks across the board. Similar to the Boston ES lens above, Optimum provides excellent fine-tuned vision, which is extra important on a multifocal contact.
One other feature that makes Optimum excel is their use of Roflufocon B polymer, which they have patented. This material makes handling and inserting contacts easier, without posing any threat to the eyes, which is always a benefit when it comes to RGP lenses.
Every one of the lenses featured in this article is best in class. Therefore, we can’t pick a single winner, instead, you should explore the different options and defer to your personal preference.
In summary, wearing contacts is a personal choice. Besides the fact that everyone’s eye is different, there are also favorite aspects of each brand and type that help decide the best brand for each person.
by Insider Envy Staff