Multifocal soft contact lenses offer both crisp vision and younger look for people with presbyopia. There are many contact lens choices that cater different vision corrections and lifestyle. Depending on the type of contact lens prescribed, multifocal soft lenses are usually worn for a short period of time before thrown away.
If you’re after a comfort, less-caring and infection-free lenses then disposable types of contacts are the answers. A discomfort feeling when you first start wearing contact lenses is normal. However, if the lenses cause pain in your eyes, consider visiting your doctor immediately.
Multifocal Soft Contact Lens Materials
Soft lenses come in soft silicon-based material, also called silicon hydrogel. Soft lenses are categorized by the amount of water they contain. They can have either low or high moisture content.
A lens with low moisture content has less than 50 percent moisture and a high moisture content one contains more than 50 percent moisture. Overall these lenses usually contain from 25% to 79% water.
These very flexible, seemingly weightless lens materials are eye friendly. They are easy to adapt and are comfortable. You don’t need a longer time to get accustomed to them.
Multifocal Soft Contact Lenses Wearing Schedules
Like other types of contact lenses, contact lenses for presbyopia come in daily wear and extended wear. Daily wear means that lenses can only be worn while you’re awake. You need to remove and clean them at night. Soflens Multi Focal contacts are an example of daily wear contacts.
Extended wear means that you are allowed to wear the lenses overnight for up to 6 consecutive nights. You can sleep in extended wear soft lenses, although most doctors recommend wearing overnight occasionally to prevent eye infections. Biofinity Multifocal are one of the extended wear contacts for presbyopia.
Soft Contact Lenses Replacement Schedules
Within the replacement schedules these contacts can range from traditional or reusable to disposable. Reusable lenses are the conventional type of contacts. Today, except for extreme prescriptions, most doctors prefer not to prescribe reusable lenses since a number of wearers develop eye irritation and/or allergy.
Disposable lenses are replaced every 2 weeks or sooner. They are only worn once and then thrown away. Since you don’t need to clean your contact lenses, dry eye and irritation related to contact solutions are reduced. Also, these contact lenses are right for you if you easily suffer from an allergy. Focus Dailies Progressives is a daily disposable contacts and Acuvue Oasys for presbyopia is a 2 weekly disposable (daily wear).
Between disposable and reusable there are planned or frequent replacement contacts. Planned replacement types are replaced monthly or quarterly. The 30-day replacement, for example, use silicone hydrogel lenses so you can safely wear these lenses for up to 30 days without removal. PureVision Multifocal are one of the lenses that belongs to this category.
Multifocal Soft Contact Lenses for Astigmatism
Based on types of vision corrected, there are toric contact lenses that correct astigmatism. In addition to a design for correcting presbyopia these toric contacts also contain spherical and cylinder components for correcting astigmatism. Proclear Multifocal Toric is the only contacts for this category.
Multifocal Soft Contacts Versus Gas Permeable Contact Lenses
Compared to gas permeable contacts, soft lenses have the following advantages:
- more comfortable,
- shorter adjustment period,
- less dirt and other particles under the lenses,
- rarely fall out,
- easier to insert.
And below are some disadvantages of multifocal soft contact lenses:
- easily absorb pollutants that can irritate the eye,
- less durable, easily rip or tear,
- need special cleaning and storing solutions.
How to Get Multifocal Soft Contacts
First, visit your eye doctor for a thorough eye exam. The doctor will then
- determine whether contact lenses are suitable for you,
- recommend you with the right type of contacts, if you’re qualified,
- fitting the right contact lenses, and
- writing a contact lens prescription.
Once you get the prescription you may buy multifocal soft contact lenses direct from your eye doctor, through optical chains, or via online contact lens retailers.