Multifocal contact lenses are one of the most exciting developments in eye care. Around age 40, every single human being experiences a condition called presbyopia. This condition is caused by the stiffening of the crystalline lens inside the eye, and results in increasing difficulty changing your focus from distance to near.
How can presbyopia be treated
There are several ways of treating presbyopia. Many people are familiar with reading glasses and multifocal glasses. However, another excellent option is contact lenses. Multifocal contact lenses provide a similar benefit to progressive or bifocal lenses, where the contact focuses light on the retina from multiple distances. This allows the person wearing the contacts to ideally see clearly in the distance to drive a car, easily look at a computer monitor, or read text or a document without having to put on reading glasses!
How do the lenses work?
Multifocal contact lenses are different than glasses due to the way they fit on the surface of the eye. With glasses, you change your focus by looking through difference zones in the lens, so changing your angle through the lens changes the focus. Multifocal contacts move with your eye, so you do not need to change the angle of your gaze to see something, you just look at it. The optics are a concentric design, with distance, intermediate and near focus all coming though the lens simultaneously. In many ways, this makes multifocal contact lenses a very natural and comfortable way of correcting your vision.
But wait, I've never worn contacts...
No problem! Many people who wear multifocal contact lenses never even try on their first lenses until they are 50, 60 or beyond. Contact lenses are extremely comfortable, incredibly easy to take care of, and can be genreally worn as much or as little as you would like. A common concern people have before trying contact lenses are that they are unpleasant or difficult to deal with, and nothing could be further from the truth. The Lamorinda Optometry team will guide you through a contact lens fitting process where we will patiently teach you how to be a successful contact lenses wearer. Although not everyone can wear contact lenses, it is rare that we meet someone who cannot be a successful contact lens wearer.
Sounds cool, what's next?
Talk to us! Dr. Orr and Dr Yu love fitting these lenses. We will happily discuss options with you and map out your options. You can email the office at [email protected], call or text us at (925) 283-8502. Even if you do not immediately start with a fitting, this information can make you aware of treatment options you may not currently be aware of!