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Bifocal and Multifocal Contact Lenses

Our Raleigh Eye Doctors Fit All Types of Contact Lenses

Once you pass 40 years of age, chances are you will experience presbyopia, a very common vision condition associated with aging. This condition makes it hard to clearly see objects that close to your eyes. Doing detailed craftwork and reading fine print – like a menu, your smartphone screen, or ingredients on a food item, becomes very challenging. Presbyopia is caused by a loss of flexibility in your eye’s natural lens, and it is nothing to worry about. It is just a normal part of aging.

Until recent years, the typical treatment for presbyopia was to wear bifocals or readers (magnifying reading glasses). However, many people are resistant to wearing this “unflattering” eyewear. Fortunately, there are now alternative forms of vision correction that function just as well. Multifocal contacts are a fantastic, suitable option for many people, and our eye doctors are experienced in fitting multifocal contact lenses in Raleigh. Contact us to book your contact lens eye exam and fitting at a Fox Eye Care Group office.

Your Vision with Multifocal Contact Lenses

Wearing contacts grants you a superior level of freedom that glasses cannot provide. With multifocal contacts, you can turn your eyes in any direction (without moving your head) and benefit from crisp vision. In contrast, if you wear multifocal eyeglasses, you’ll need to move your eyes upward to see objects in the distance and downward to read a book. We have a wide variety of bifocal and multifocal contact lenses in Raleigh, including soft, hard, and specialty types for hard-to-fit patients.

Bifocal versus Multifocal Contacts

Many of our Raleigh eye care patients wonder about the differences between these two types of contact lenses:

  • Bifocals are segmented into two parts with different lens powers – one part for distance and one for seeing close. You will be able to switch between far and near effectively, yet it may be impossible for you to focus on anything at a middle range.
  • Multifocals have many built-in lens powers, thereby allowing you to switch smoothly between far, near, and in-between.

Types of Multifocal Contact Lenses in Raleigh

Multifocals are available in a variety of designs:

Simultaneous Vision Lenses

This type enables you to see both near and distance simultaneously – as the name describes. After a short adjustment period, your eyes will learn to use only the part of the lens that you need for focusing on what you want to see. Simultaneous vision lenses come in a concentric ring design and aspheric design.

  • Concentric lenses are constructed with a central circle that has one vision power and an outer ring that has the alternate lens power. In order to form a multifocal contact lens, extra rings can be added, The edges of simultaneous vision contact lenses are blended to provide a fluid visual experience.
  • Aspheric design contact lenses blend many vision powers over the entire surface of the lens. The central area holds lens powers for both near and far, and your eyes will adapt naturally to use the part of lens that you need to see clearly.

Translating/Alternating Vision Lenses

These contact lenses are available only in hard, gas permeable versions. They are constructed with distinct top and bottom zones, and your eye will move to the necessary zone. Since contacts are always shifting around in your eye, translating/alternating contact lenses are anchored in place with a thicker area at the bottom of the lens. Like a ballast, this weighted area aligns the contact lens with your lower eyelid at all times.

Stop Holding Your Book at Arm’s Length!

If you are tired of always holding printed materials far from your face in order to see what’s written, book a consultation at Fox Eye Care Group. Remember – readers are not the only option for correcting presbyopia! We stock a wide selection of contact lenses in Raleigh, and our eye doctors are highly qualified and experienced in performing contact lenses eye exams to determine the best type for you.

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