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What are multifocal contact lenses?

Multifocal contact lenses are a type of contact lens which combine multiple prescriptions in one lens. They are mainly prescribed for people with age-related presbyopia, a condition which causes your short-distance vision to become blurred. By looking through different parts of the lens, you can see close objects clearly, as well as objects at a distance.

Who are multifocal contact lenses most suitable for?

Multifocal contact lenses are an alternative solution for someone who has problems with near-term vision due to age but does not want to wear reading glasses. Reading glasses come in various forms:


Multifocal contact lenses aim to provide the benefit of reading glasses in contact lens form. Until recently, they were unsuitable for correcting astigmatism, but now bifocal toric lenses are available (see below).

What types of multifocal contact lenses are available?

The most common multifocal contact lens designs are:


It is also possible to disposable multifocal contact lenses, soft lenses for part-time wear, or hard lenses for wearing all day.

What alternative treatments are available?

For presbyopia, there are a number of surgical treatments available including:


For most forms of astigmatism laser eye surgery can correct your vision, but if you have a complex form of astigmatism, you may need to wear custom multifocal lenses.