Progressive contacts can keep your active lifestyle without the hassles of bifocals or reading glasses. And if you have never worn contacts, you’ll be amazed at how natural and comfortable they feel.
Imagine you sat on the beach, read a book, then glanced up and focused on an interesting boat going by? Conventionally, you may need bifocals. But newer progressive or no line multifocal contacts provide a smooth transition from near vision to far and in between. The idea has been working well in glasses.
What if the same technology is applied into contacts? Will you get much better vision acuity with progressive lenses?
Progressive Lenses for Presbyopia
Bifocal contact lenses correct for near and far distances on different areas of the lens. They don’t have any correction for intermediate ranges. Now, you’ll find types of progressive or multifocal contact lenses that offer intermediate correction as well. They can be trifocal contact lenses or no line, progressive lenses.
Progressive lenses correct for distance vision in the central part of the lens. They correct for intermediate and near distances at the outer regions of the contact lens.
Alternatively, correction for near vision can be provided centrally while intermediate and distance vision corrections are in the outer circles of the lens.
You need to experiment with degrees of near, intermediate and distance vision corrections provided on multifocal contact lenses, to obtain the right prescription. Here you train your eyes for the different ranges of vision correction by “selecting” appropriate focus. If successful, they’re like your natural eyes.
Wear and Replacement Schedules
Progressive contacts are usually available for daily wear and extended wear like Acuvue Oasys for presbyopia. But there is also daily disposable type such as Focus Dailies Progressives, if you like to wear a fresh new pair every day.
Are Progressive Contacts Right for You?
Progressive lenses can be more versatile than monovision — a technique uses regular contacts or laser correction to make one eye see far distance and the other see near distance. With progressive lenses, you get midrange vision.
However, progressive lenses are not for everyone. Some people experience fitting’s difficulties. Sometimes you may see distance but with a blurry vision. The contact lenses are unlikely to work for people with high astigmatism or who need strong bifocal correction. Also, first-time contacts wearers are a poor candidate for progressive lenses.
An eye doctor usually tries several contact lens brands, such as focus progressives or Soflens Multifocal during contact lens fitting.