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Multifocal contact lenses- Fact or fiction?

So, you’ve been wearing contact lenses your entire life and now the near vision starts to get a bit blurry and your arms don’t feel long enough anymore.

You visit your friendly Optometrist and they suggest reading glasses over your contact lenses, but is there another option?

We’ve got some good news for you!

Multifocal contact lenses are a reality and they do work for a lot of people.

Some of the soft contact lens options are:



This is when normal single vision contact lenses (like the ones you’ve been wearing) are used to correct your distance and near vision. One eye is corrected for distance and the other for near vision.

This is the least expensive option and although some people really love this, others have a bit of difficulty adapting to the lenses.

Monovision can give you clear vision both at distance and at near, but it can affect your night driving abilities, as it does cause a reduction in 3-D vision.

Unfortunately, that also means that when you go and watch a 3-D movie with these lenses, Ryan Gosling’s abs won’t look as impressive as they really are…


2.Modified Monovision:

This option involves one single vision contact lens in front of the one eye and one multifocal contact lens in front of the other.

Modified  Monovision is ideal for someone who wants to see at distance and near, but needs perfect vision for especially one of these distances.

Due to the one eye being corrected with a normal single vision contact lens and the other with a multifocal contact lens, the adaption process may be a bit longer.

Although 3-D vision and depth perception may be slightly reduced, it won’t be to the same degree as with normal monovision.


3.Multifocal contact lenses:

Multifocal contact lenses have different powers in just one lens. Therefore, both distance and near vision information is received at once.

Now, we know this sounds VERY intimidating, but never fear when your optometrist is near. Your optometrist will do all the difficult work, you just need to have the will to try.

With these lenses, you may achieve very good distance and near vision, but it might not be 100% perfect. It also depends on how sensitive you are to specific distances as some people prefer to have better vision at distance than at near and vice versa.

Different lighting conditions can also influence your vision when wearing these multifocal contact lenses.


Even if all these options sound like they won’t work for you, you’ll never know until you try.


Don’t let your eyes make you feel old, age is just a number and you’re only as old as you feel.