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Presbyopia and Multifocal Contact Lenses

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Presbyopia is a natural process that is caused by a loss of flexibility in the lens of the eye, making it more difficult for the lens to change its shape to focus on nearby objects. It's a common condition that typically starts to develop around the age of 40 and progressively worsens with age. You may experience blurry vision when reading, using a computer or performing other close-up tasks.

How Multifocal Lenses Can Help With Presbyopia

If you're experiencing signs of presbyopia, multifocal contact lenses are a popular solution. These lenses have different zones that provide clear vision at different distances, allowing wearers to see both near and far objects without needing to switch between multiple pairs of glasses or contact lenses.

There are two main designs for multifocal contact lenses: concentric and aspheric. Concentric multifocal contact lenses have multiple circles of varying powers that are centered on the pupil. Each circle has a different power that is optimized for a specific distance, allowing the wearer to see clearly at different distances. Aspheric multifocal contact lenses have a gradual transition between the distance and near correction zones. This creates a more natural visual experience and reduces the chance of visual disturbances like halos or glare.

When fitting you for multifocal contact lenses, our El Cerrito eye doctors take into account your visual and lifestyle needs, so we can find exactly the right type to give you clear and comfortable vision. 

One of the advantages of multifocal contact lenses is their convenience; unlike glasses, they don't fog up, get smudged or fall off. Multifocal contact lenses also provide a wider field of vision than traditional bifocal or trifocal glasses. This means that wearers can see objects in their peripheral vision without needing to turn their head or move their eyes. Multifocal contact lenses are also a great option for people who participate in sports or other physical activities as they do not interfere with movement or pose a risk of injury.

Multifocal contact lenses require proper care and maintenance to ensure optimal performance and minimize the risk of eye infections or other complications. Contact lens wearers should always follow their eye doctor's instructions for cleaning, disinfecting and storing their lenses. Additionally, they should never wear their lenses for longer than the recommended wearing time and should dispose of their lenses as directed.

Want to learn more about how multifocal contact lenses can help you with your presbyopia? Visit our El Cerrito eye doctors today!