Multifocal contact lenses

Any middle-aged individuals that are suffering from vision problems may want to consider swapping their inconvenient pair of eyeglasses for a set of multifocal contact lenses. Standard contact lenses may be sufficient for younger individuals but most older individuals with vision problems will only get the maximum effects out of multifocal contact lenses. As many individuals in their middle-aged years suffer from presbyopia, it definitely makes sense that multifocal contact lenses would be the best type of lenses to use.

What Causes Presbyopia?
There is no solid evidence to back up the cause of presbyopia. The theory that many people have about this condition is that it is caused by a loss in muscle tone near the eye. It is often said that the occurrence of this will lead to the inability for your eye’s to focus on anything in close viewing distance. There are many types of eyeglasses which could be used to treat presbyopia but if you want to wear contact lenses then you will need to go with multifocal contact lenses for the best results possible.

What are Multifocal Contact Lenses?
Multifocal contact lenses are contact lenses that offer multiple powers in improving one’s vision. Multifocal contact lenses are designed to offer either simultaneous or alternating vision benefits. The benefits offered by multifocal contact lenses for simultaneous vision will provide vision correction for viewing anything that is both close and far away. The benefits offered by multifocal contact lenses for alternating vision will provide the same benefits as basic bifocal eyeglasses as they provide clear viewing for objects that are both close and far away from you.

Simultaneous multifocal contact lenses can be purchased as soft contact lenses. They are also available in gas permeable form. When you start using these contact lenses you will have to train your eyes to adapt to them properly. It may take a couple of weeks before you are fully adjusted to using these lenses. Remember that these contact lenses are not just improving your vision but they are improving your eye’s functionality as well.

Alternating multifocal contact lenses can only be purchased as hard contact lenses. These lenses are made out of silicon instead of hard plastic. They are smaller in size than most soft contact lenses. They should be removed each night before bed. These contact lenses are not nearly as difficult to wear as the lenses that were available many years ago but you will have to get adjusted to wearing them as they can be discomforting and annoying at times.

Simultaneous vs. Alternating
There are advantages and disadvantages to each type of multifocal contact lens. You will need to decide which type of contact lenses will work best for you before purchasing them. When comparing simultaneous and alternating lenses you will need to look at what you do throughout the day and whether the contacts will be compatible with your regular activities.

For instance, if you play a certain sport then you will need to make sure that you have strong focus abilities with your contacts. In this case, you would benefit the most from the simultaneous multifocal contact lenses. If comfort is the only thing that really matters then the alternating contact lenses may be more beneficial for you.

Final Thoughts
Multifocal contact lenses are available in both simultaneous and alternating form. They can be purchased in the same eye color that you have or you can even buy different colored contact lenses to change your appearance. There are many options when buying multifocal contact lenses but you will have to make sure that they are effective enough for your needs. Just make sure that you can perform all of your daily activities with them and not have any problems when doing so.

Multifocal contact lenses are not as effective as bifocal eyeglasses but they can be more comfortable and visually appealing. Many people do not want to wear eyeglasses for the rest of their lives and this is completely logical. However, if you are going to switch over to using contact lenses then you will have to lose out a bit in quality. Overall, multifocal contact lenses are worth investing in as long as they will work effectively for your needs but you need to make sure that they are the most convenient choice for you.

Last updated on Feb 28th, 2011 and filed under Vision Care. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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