If someone already requires glasses or contact lenses for distance vision, they may also need reading glasses to focus on objects in their near vision. In order to solve this they will tend to swap between two different types of glasses or use multifocal glasses. Multifocal contact lenses can replace multifocal glasses and provide the user with the flexibility and convenience contact lenses allow.

Many people do not realise that multifocal contact lenses are available and can be used for all ages. However, the new designs such as Concentric and Aspheric Bifocal Designs can correct both your distance and close vision. The lens is made up of tiny concentric rings of the different prescriptions you need for different tasks. This makes the lenses easy to use.

Multifocal lenses are also available in a variety of materials so you can choose for single use daily lenses or reusable lenses that you can wear for up to a month, some even allow for long wearing hours.

Specsavers customer Jan O’Neill has been using daily disposable contact lenses for 30 years to help her with distance vision. However, when she started to need reading glasses as well her optician advised her to try multifocal contact lenses, something that she had never heard about, let alone considered.

“My eyes were becomingly increasingly sore and dry from straining to accommodate my reading as well as long distance needs, and I was relying on comfort drops to ease them.” Her optician explained that multifocal lenses would be more comfortable as there would be less strain on her eyes so she could read, look at a computer screen and drive without needing to use glasses.

She immediately noticed the difference, finding them more comfortable and they stopped her dry eyes. Although they are more expensive than her old lenses she’s found that they are economical as she no longer needs eye drops or several pairs of reading glasses.

If you think that you would benefit from multifocal contact lenses, Specsavers Opticas’ opticians can give you a full contact lens assessment to ensure you get the most suitable lenses for your vision, preferences and lifestyle. Once you’ve had your assessment and have decided on which lens is right for you, Specsavers is offering a free trial with one pair of monthly lenses or five pairs of daily disposable lenses totally free of charge and with no obligation.

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