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Multifocal contact lenses

What are multifocal contact lenses?

As we get older, the lenses in our eyes gradually become less flexible. This condition, which is called presbyopia, makes it harder to focus clearly on close objects. While age-related presbyopia can certainly be inconvenient, it is entirely normal and very common.

It used to be that the onset of presbyopia meant wearing glasses along with contact lenses to compensate for the change in vision. However, advances in lens technology in recent years mean that multifocal lenses now give you the freedom to see clearly at all distances.

How do multifocal lenses work?

Put simply, they work by having multiple prescriptions in a single lens. So there’s one for close objects, one for objects viewed at a distance and one for everything in between.

There are two ways in which these different prescriptions are incorporated into a lens. The most common design uses a set of concentric circles, each with its own a distinct lens power. The second blends these circles, replicating a natural viewing experience and providing a gradual transition between distances.

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Types of multifocal contact lenses

Multifocal lenses can be soft or rigid (gas permeable) and are available in a range of different designs to suit your prescription and lifestyle.

For most people, multifocal contact lenses are very easy and comfortable to wear. They can be worn all day, every day, or they can be worn only when required, for sports or for a night out, for example. All multifocal lenses are a slight compromise when compared to a younger person’s natural ability to focus both at distance and close up, but no more so than wearing glasses.

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