Soft Contact Lenses (Multifocal)
Movovision vs. Multi-Focals
There comes a stage in life (38 to 45) when all of a sudden you will
experience difficulty seeing clearly at reading distance. Your arms
will eventually be unable to extend any further away in order to see
what you are reading. Or maybe you experience eye strain and eye
fatigue while reading for extended periods of time, or even have
fluctuating blurry vision. Sound familiar? You have entered into a
stage in life called 'Presbyopia'. Don't worry, this aging process of
the eye happens to everyone! The type of prescription you have may
determine the severity or significance of your symptoms, and sometime
you will be able to compensate and get by without the need of
glasses....for a while anyway. At some point you will need some aid in
seeing clearly up close, and if you don't want to carry reading glasses
around then 'mono-vision' or 'multi-focal' contact lenses might be the
solution for you.
We don't use any “specialty” lens when we fit you with 'mono-vision'
lenses. We simply use regular lenses and adjust the prescription so you
can see up close, and still see far away as well. We accomplish this
by keeping your dominant eye (don't worry, we will determine eye
dominance during the exam) fully corrected and clear for your distance
vision, and then under-correct (adjust) the prescription for your
non-dominant eye so you can see up close. This set-up works for most
people, but not all. It requires some time for your brain to adjust,
but with time it proves to be a great way to continue wearing contact
lenses without relying on glasses.
An alternative option is to wear 'multi-focal' contact lenses. We will
discuss how these work during your exam. The success rate for clear
vision at far and near my vary from person to person....and some may not
do well with multi-focal contact lenses. The only way to know is to
try on a pair, and see for yourself. Finding the right multi-focal
contact lens combination for each individual patient is crucial to
having a successful experience, and fortunately for you we have many
options to choose from.
Not all available lenses are listed, just the most frequently used.
(* = Silicone Hydrogel material)