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Navigating the World of Multifocal Contact Lenses

Multifocal contact lenses offer a convenient solution for individuals with presbyopia, addressing the need for clear vision at varying distances. Understanding how these lenses work and the types available is crucial in determining if they are the right fit for you.

How Multifocal Lenses Work:

Simultaneous Vision Designs:

  1. Multifocal lenses with simultaneous vision designs allocate specific regions for near, far, and sometimes intermediate vision. Unlike traditional bifocal glasses, they don't require specific eye movements for clarity. For example, there's no need to look downward to read.

Segmented Designs:

  1. Rarely used in modern lenses, segmented designs resemble bifocal or trifocal eyeglasses. These rigid gas permeable lenses have distinct segments with the appropriate power for different viewing distances.

Types of Multifocal Contact Lenses:


  1. Concentric multifocal lenses feature a central power surrounded by concentric rings of near and distance prescription material. This design caters to both near and far vision needs.


  1. Aspheric multifocal lenses, similar to progressive glasses, offer a gradual shift in power from distance to near. The absence of visible lines provides a seamless transition between prescriptions.


  1. Segmented contact lenses, made from rigid gas permeable material, mimic the structure of bifocal eyeglasses. They consist of two segments with a noticeable line separating distance correction on the top and near correction on the bottom.

Choosing the Right Type:

  • Convenience: Simultaneous vision designs may offer more convenience as they don't require specific eye movements.

  • Natural Progression: Aspheric lenses provide a more natural transition between near and far vision without visible lines.

  • Traditional Approach: If you're accustomed to bifocal eyeglasses, segmented lenses might be a familiar choice.


Multifocal contact lenses come in various designs, each with its own advantages. To determine the right fit for your lifestyle and vision needs, consult with an eye care professional.

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