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All About Multifocal Lenses

All About Multifocal Lenses

Myopia 一 or nearsightedness 一 causes distant objects to appear blurry and is one of the most common vision conditions. Some people have hyperopia (farsightedness) and struggle to see close-up objects clearly. But what if you have multiple refractive errors? 

Multifocal lenses are ideal for people with more than one vision condition 一 and these lenses are available here at Maryland Eye Care Center, with offices in Hyattsville and Silver Spring, Maryland.

Below, our team shares what you need to know about multifocal lenses.

What are multifocal lenses?

Multifocal lenses are lenses that contain more than one prescription. For example, a pair of multifocal lenses can help you see clearly when you’re driving or reading a book. 

Multifocal lenses are available as prescription lenses in eyeglasses and contact lenses.

Multifocal eyeglasses

Similar to bifocals, multifocal glasses contain multiple prescriptions within the same pair of glasses and may even have more than two prescriptions. The transition between prescriptions is smooth and gradual. 

Multifocal eyeglasses are sometimes called progressive glasses. Wearing glasses with multifocal lenses can help with distance vision, mid-range vision, and near vision. 

Our custom progressive lenses deliver clear distance vision, wider sections for mid-range vision and reading, and reduced distortion 一 all within our stylish frames

Multifocal contact lenses 

At Maryland Eye Care Center, we also offer multifocal contact lenses. As with eyeglasses, these contact lenses contain multiple prescriptions to address multiple vision conditions. 

Multifocal contact lenses are designed to avoid abrupt transitions between each prescription. For example, you look straight ahead to see far and middle distances, while the bottom portion of the lens contains the near power.

Who can wear multifocal lenses?

You may benefit from multifocal lenses if you have any combination of the following:

There are many benefits to wearing multifocal lenses, whether you choose eyeglasses or contacts. They reduce the need to juggle multiple pairs of single-vision glasses, and you should easily adapt to the smooth progressions. 

Multifocal lenses are an efficient way to address all your vision needs and help you see clearly.

Wearing multifocal lenses

It can take a few weeks to adjust to wearing multifocal lenses, but the results are worth the wait. It’s important to wear your new glasses or contacts throughout the day to help your eyes adjust quicker. Only wearing them for a few hours at a time can prolong the adjustment period. 

Caring for your multifocal contacts or glasses is similar to caring for single-vision eyewear. Make sure you use an appropriate cloth so you don’t scratch your lenses or the correct cleaning solution so you don’t damage your contact lenses. 

Multifocal lenses can bring clear vision to those with multiple vision conditions without having to fuss with multiple pairs of glasses or even a combination of glasses and contacts. 

To learn more about multifocal lenses and their benefits, call the Maryland Eye Care Center office nearest you or use our online booking tool today to schedule your appointment.

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