Multifocal contact lenses are designed to correct eyesight affected by presbyopia. These contact lenses provide a far more convenient alternative to traditional bifocal and varifocal glasses. We stock a wide range of multifocal lenses including 1-Day Acuvue Moist Multifocal and Clariti 1 Day Multifocal.
Advice and tips on buying multifocal contact lenses
Watch this video for advice and tips on buying and wearing multifocal contact lenses.
What are multifocal contact lenses
To effectively treat presbyopia, multifocal contact lenses are made with multiple prescriptions built into a single lens. They help you to focus on objects both at a distance as well as up close, meaning that you won't need to take reading glasses on and off every time you look at something at a different range.
The phrases ‘bifocal', ‘varifocal' and ‘multifocal' lenses are often used interchangeably, which can be a little confusing. While varifocal and multifocal are the same thing, multifocal is the most commonly used term and refers to lenses that have multiple corrective powers for a gradual transition from near to far sight.
In the sense that they provide both close and distant vision, multifocal lenses are similar to bifocal lenses but are a little different. The key difference is that bifocal glasses have a clear line between near and far prescriptions, whereas multifocal contact lenses blend several powers together to cover all distances.
There are two main types of multifocal lenses that offer correction in different ways. Lenses with a concentric ring design have your standard prescription in the centre with multiple rings surrounding it. Each ring has a different corrective power depending on the distance.
Aspheric multifocal contact lenses blend the different prescriptions directly in front of the pupil, making the eye choose the right correction for the object you're looking at. While this might sound a bit tricky, your eye soon becomes accustomed to it and you won't even notice the difference.
What vision problems do multifocal lenses correct?
Multifocal lenses correct vision affected by the condition presbyopia.
Presbyopia is an age-related blurring of close-up vision which usually occurs in people aged over 40, although it can sometimes happen to younger people. It often starts off with a slight blurring before getting progressively more severe. You may have noticed friends or family who have not always worn glasses squinting to read a menu or holding it at various distances away from their face, this is a common sign that they have presbyopia.
Presbyopia is a common condition with the number of people who have it expected to reach 2.1 billion in 2020. Unlike conditions such as near and short sightedness and astigmatism, presbyopia is not a refractive error, and instead is caused by a change in your eye's elasticity.
To focus light properly, your eye's lens needs to be able to relax and contract depending on what you're looking at and the lighting conditions. For you to see a clear image, light needs to pass through the lens to the cornea where it's deflected onto the retina, which then transmits the image to your brain.
As you get older, the muscles in your eyes can become a little worn and so your lens will not always contract as easily, making it difficult to look at close-up objects. This results in the light not being focused on the retina, but behind them, leading to a distorted and blurry image.
Why choose multifocal contact lenses?
If you have presbyopia then it is important to take steps to correct it. As the effects of presbyopia become more severe as time goes on, your eyesight will only get worse. Not wearing some form of corrective lens means that you'll end up straining your eyes more, causing you discomfort and possibly headaches.
While bifocal contacts are one way you can solve the problem, they're not particularly common any more. It's easier to get bifocal glasses, but if you're looking for the most convenient, fuss-free way to treat presbyopia, then multifocal contact lenses are the answer.
Wearing multifocal lenses means that you'll have clear vision at all distances, without the need to change into glasses or hold something at arm's length. They help to make a potentially irritating condition far more manageable and are available in a range of wearing patterns to suit your needs.
Advice on choosing multifocal contact lenses
If you have dry eyes, you should look out for lenses with high water content or technologies that help to retain moisture. One of the most popular multifocal contact lenses is 1 Day Acuvue Moist Multifocal, which uses LACREON® technology to create a moisture cushion between your eye and the lens, which ensures your eye stays hydrated throughout the day.
It's possible to have both astigmatism and presbyopia, so in this case you may need multifocal lenses for astigmatism to correct both conditions. Proclear Multifocal Toric contact lenses provide clear, crisp vision for up to 30 days at a time, sitting comfortably and stably on the eye for as long as you wear them.
If you normally wear Specsavers easyvision or Boots own brand multifocal lenses, you can still get the same lenses online. The difference is that you need to order a branded equivalent.
- See the equivalents to Boots' own brand multifocal lenses
- See the equivalents to Specsavers easyvision multifocal lenses
Types of multifocal contact lenses
There are a range of different types of multifocal contact lenses, suiting all wearing patterns.
Daily multifocal contact lenses are easy to use, with no need to clean or store. Simply put them on in the morning and dispose of them at night for hygienic and fresh-feeling vision each day. If you do tend to wear glasses and only sometimes wear contacts these are the perfect choice as you can go for weeks without wearing them without them expiring.
Monthly multifocal contact lenses offer great value for money as they can be worn for up to 30 consecutive days. All you need to do is clean and store them in solution each night and they'll last the entire month, providing comfortable and clear sight for an affordable price.
Two-weekly multifocal contact lenses are a great middle ground between monthlies and dailies as they're more affordable than the latter but offer you the chance to replace them more often for a fresh feeling. As with monthlies they need to be cleaned and stored in solution each night to get 14 consecutive days of wear out of them.
Our most popular multifocal contact lenses
If you're looking to buy multifocal contact lenses, check out our most popular selling lenses below:
These monthly multifocal contact lenses make use of TriComfort technology for an ultra-breathable lens with a thin surface that excels at retaining moisture. Air Optix Aqua Multifocal can be worn for up to 30 consecutive days and provide comfortable wear even during tasks that often cause eye strain.
Dailies Total 1 Multifocal are the world's first and only water gradient multifocal contact lens. They have a lens surface that contains 80% water for a wearing experience that fresh, hydrated eyes all day. As daily lenses, they can be thrown away each night to be replaced the next day for high levels of comfort and hygiene.
As monthly multifocal contact lenses, Biofinity multifocal can be worn for up to 30 consecutive days, remaining moist and comfortable throughout wear thanks to their high water content. Using Balanced Progressive™ Technology, these lenses make focusing on both near and far objects seamless for perfect visual acuity.
Providing a wonderfully convenient daily option, Proclear 1-Day Multifocal contact lenses are high performance lenses that protect your eyes from irritation. Their PC Technology™ replicates the genetic make-up of your eye for a comfortable and natural wearing experience that is perfect if you suffer from dry eyes.
1-Day Acuvue Moist Multifocal, from Johnson & Johnson, offer a super-convenient and hygienic solution to poor vision caused by presbyopia. With a high level of moisture retention, UV blocking and a 1-2-3 indicator to make application nice and easy, they're the ideal choice for new wearers.
Bausch & Lomb's PureVision Multifocal lenses allow seamless focus on objects at all distances without the need for reading glasses. Made from soft and flexible silicone hydrogel, these lenses use AerGel technology for an ultra-smooth lens surface that fits comfortably on the eye.
These multifocal contact lenses are the successors to Focus Dailies Progressive and offer an even more comfortable wearing experience for sufferers of presbyopia. With all the best features of their predecessors and more, such as a Precision Profile design that ensures the most comfortable fit, Dailies AquaComfort Plus Multifocal are a convenient and high-performing choice.
With similar technology to the Proclear 1 Day Multifocal lenses, these monthly versions offer up to 30 consecutive days of comfortable wear. You can wear Proclear Multifocal for up to 12 hours a day, with CooperVision's PC Technology™ ensuring your eyes remain feeling natural while offering perfect visual acuity.
These 2-weekly multifocal contact lenses can be worn up to 14 consecutive days before being replaced. They utilise Johnson & Johnson's HYDRACLEAR™ technology for a lens that absorbs and retains moisture for maximum comfort, and are perfect if you suffer from dry eyes.
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