Multifocal Contact Lenses : What You Need To Know

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Multifocal lenses are nothing new to people who are already on prescription lenses. Here’s what your presbyopic customer should look forward to…

As the very name suggests, multifocal contact lenses are equipped with multiple lens powers to help a person see clearly. Those who are already relying on prescription lenses, the ability to see nearby objects deteriorates. After all, the eye tends to lose its ability to adjust focus gradually. Common symptoms of this conditions are complaining about not being comfortable while reading the newspaper or being able to see objects at a nearby distance. This is when the ophthalmologist will write out a prescription for multifocal contact lenses.

For opticians, knowing and understanding the various technologies in the multifocal lenses category is important. After all, every customer coming to them for prescription eyewear is a future prospect for multifocal lenses. In fact, these days, progressives is also an option for those who need multiple lens powers for clear vision. Multifocals come with a clear advantage. They offer a wider lens area for a clearer vision. In some cases where daily routine involves tasks like extensive computer work, multifocals are advised as a preferred choice due to their wider lens coverage. Adults above the age of 40 years are at a higher risk of being prescribed multifocal lenses.

As of today, the world is a smarter much advanced place when it comes to technology and sciences. Eye-science and innovation has come together and these lens makers are now making it easier for a person to choose from various kinds of multifocal lenses to have a better vision:

Biofinity And Clariti multifocal

From CooperVision

CooperVision offers Biofinity multifocal, which is a premium lens with a simplified approach to fitting your presbyopic patients. This lens combines key elements from the Biofinity silicone hydrogel lens material and our Balanced Progressive® Technology. This design contains multiple zones of vision correction in both lenses, allowing for clear vision up close, at middle distances, and far away. The streamlined fitting approach and unique technology ensures that the lens fit even more patients with ease and flexibility, while giving them excellent vision.


CooperVision’s exclusive Aquaform® Technology makes Biofinity multifocal a naturally hydrophilic contact lens that retains water within the lens, minimizing dehydration. It also combines low modulus and high oxygen transmissibility for added comfort and breathability.


Another option by CooperVision is the silicone hydrogel based Clariti 1-day Contact Lens for presbyopia. The Clariti 1 day lens allows 100 percent corneal oxygen consumption. In fact, it provides more than the recommended amount of oxygen across the entire lens surface to help maintain ocular health.


From Synergy Vision

For those who are inclined towards a more fashion conscious choice, Solitaire from Synergy Vision is a good option in the multifocal lens category.

The lens is available in eight different varieties. In addition to the vision correction, these lenses also offer beauty enhancement with natural single tone colours.

For each lense near and intermediate powers are premilimanary concentrated in the central portion of optic zone, while distance power is contained in surrounding portion  Special ‘ski lift’ edge design ensures tear lens exchange and maximum comfort on eye during contact lens wear. In conclusion better life depends on better vision, at acceptable effort and proven comfort along with safety .

Biotrue ONEday and  Bio-Inspired HyperGel™

From Bausch+Lomb

Bausch+Lomb offers Biotrue ONEday and the revolutionary Bio-Inspired HyperGel™ material that just works like the eyes and provides comfortable vision throughout the day.


The lens features a unique 3-Zone Progressive™ design for a smooth transition of clear vision across all distances. No solution is needed for the cleaning disinfecting and storing of the lens making it an ideal for part time wear options over the weekends, on special occasions and travelling.

PureVision®2  is also an option by Bausch+Lomb in the same category. The thin lens and rounded edge design of this product makes it an ideal option for accurate vision and all day long comfort for the eyes.

The Proplus Multifocal, CV4 multifocal And Atlantis scleral multifocal

From X-Cel Specialty Contacts

X-Cel Specialty provides four unique designs and each of them is developed to fulfill the visual demand for a presbyopic patient. The Proplus Multifocal lens is a bi-aspheric multifocal that utilizes a changeable center distance only zone.

The ability to change the distance zone gives the lens fitter the ability to improve either the near or distance vision along with consistent intermediate acuity.


Their Solution bifocal is a translating design with a no jump separation between the distance and near zones. The lens can provide up to a +4.00 add and is utilized with a high near vision patient that does not require intermediate vision.

X-Cel’s CV4 multifocal is a front aspheric design which provides good vision in all 3 zones (distance, near and intermediate).

Another option is Atlantis scleral multifocal is also an aspheric design for the presbyopic patient that has an irregular cornea, astigmatism, corneal surface disease and/or dry eye. This design is similar to the Proplus design in which the center distance only zone can be manipulated to enhance any of the vision demands.

Air Optix® Aqua Multifocal

From Alcon

Alcon offers AIR OPTIX® AQUA Multifocal Contact Lenses even in a monthly disposable modality. These lenses feature the Precision Profile™ Lens Design, which provides presbyopic contact lens wearers with smooth, uninterrupted transition from near to intermediate and distance vision.


Alcon’s multifocal lenses have been engineered to provide suitable wettability, helping minimize the rate of lens dehydration and so a presbyopic person can have a wearing experience of all day in ease.

For the ease of lens care, Alcon recommends the use of OPTI-FREE Express Multi-purpose Disinfecting solution to keep lenses clean, fresh, and moist throughout the day.


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Multifocal: A Better Choice

Multifocal contact lenses are a great correction option for presbyopia without impacting the contact lens wearers’ active lifestyle or overall appearance. With the appropriate multifocal contact lenses, contact lens wearers can see and experience clear vision at all distances, not compromising on acuity, comfort, convenience or appearance. 

Kinds Of Multifocals: 

Bifocals: The First Step

Bifocals have been around since the late eighteenth century. Benjamin Franklin invented them when he glued two pieces of lenses with different focal powers. Till date, the bifocals are made of two parts, one for viewing objects that are nearby and the other for viewing objects that are far away.

Trifocals: What You Should Know

Bifocal lenses tend to miss out on the intermediary viewing range which makes it difficult to use them while working on gadgets like laptops, phones, etc. This is where the trifocals can help. Trifocal lenses come with three power zones, the clear distinction visible on the eyewear as well.

Progressives: The Emerging Option

Progressives offer the similar viewing capacity as trifocals, only difference being, the transition from near to far is smooth. Given the modern lifestyle, the demand for progressives is rising.

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