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Multifocal contact lenses

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People who suffer from presbyopia no longer need to rely on eyeglasses thanks to recent developments in contact lens technology, which can give them clearer vision.

If you need corrective lenses for reading, you might be a good candidate for multifocal contact lenses because they offer many focal distances.

What are multifocal contact lenses?

Contact lenses with multiple prescriptions built into a single lens are referred to as multifocal contact lenses. There is normally one prescription for extremely close vision (i.e. reading), another prescription for objects viewed at a distance, and then prescriptions for objects at intermediate distances.

People who have presbyopia, an age-related condition in which the eye is unable to focus on objects that are close up, can benefit from using multifocal contact lenses to correct their vision.

Advantages and disadvantages of wearing multifocal contact lenses

Let’s go over the advantages and disadvantages of muiltifocal contact lenses. Although there are many positives to using multifocal contact lenses, there are also some drawbacks.


  1. Enhanced visual acuity across the entire spectrum of viewing distances, from up close to distance
  2. A smoother transition from one prescription to the next
  3. The capacity to see clearly in most environments without the need for supplemental eyewear, like readers


Multifocal contact lenses have a great deal of potential in terms of performance, but they can also be:

  1. More challenging to adapt to
  2. Accompanied by glare at night, as well as vision that is foggy or murky during the period of adjustment
  3. More costly. Since their design is more complex, they are expensive.

How Much Do Multifocal Contacts Typically Cost?

Considering the complexity of correcting several different forms of vision impairment simultaneously, multifocal contact lenses tend to be more expensive than single-focal lenses. A one-year supply of multifocal contact lenses will run you between $400 and $1,300.

The overall cost may also depend on:

  • The brand of lense. There are several brands available, but you need a contact lens fitting to determine which option will be the most comfortable and also suit your visual needs.
  • Other prescription components, such as astigmatism
  • How frequently you wear contact lenses

It’s important to note that although the vision in multifocal contact lenses is quite good, they do not provide a perfect, unimpaired field of vision. Often, there is some degree of tradeoff between clarity up-close and clarity in the distance. As such, they do not provide perfect eyesight.

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