Bifocal contact lenses were created to deliver clear vision at every distance for those with refractive errors and age-related vision problems, such as presbyopia. The primary symptom of presbyopia, which is noticeable after age 40, is you holding readable objects farther from your eyes to see well. Bifocal lenses are available in rigid gas permeable and soft lenses. There are also hybrid lenses available, which can be worn as dailies. Here at Dr. Dorothy Park & Associates in Columbia, SC, we offer bifocal contact lenses to help you see better.
Bifocal Contact Lenses versus Multifocal Contacts
Multifocal and bifocal lenses work differently based on the design of the lens, which falls into two categories:
- Simultaneous Vision Designs: These are rigid gas permeable lenses that work similarly to bifocal eyeglasses. The center and top portions of the lenses are for viewing a distant object, and the lower portion utilizes magnifying power to view near objects.
- Segmented Bifocal Contact Lenses: Theses are rigid gas permeable lenses that work similarly like bifocal eyeglasses. The center and top portions of the lens are comprised of the power for viewing a distant object, and the lower portion utilizes magnifying power to view near objects.
How to Know If Bifocal Contacts Are Right for You
Bifocal lenses have been available for many years, but were unpopular until recently. The older designs of bifocals were unsatisfactory among most contact wearers. However, modern technology has aided in the development of successful designs and variety. Therefore, if one type does not work well, another may be a good fit for you.
Your optometry professional can help select a bifocal lens based on your eye measurements, prescription, needs, and requirements. In general, an aspheric multifocal contact lens usually works best for mild-to-moderate presbyopia with segmented multifocal contacts being better for advanced presbyopia. You can even try different types of bifocal lenses before selecting the option that is right for you.
Try Your Pair of Bifocals at Our Optometry Practice in Columbia, SC
To determine if bifocal lenses are a good fit for your eyes, contact Dr. Dorothy Park & Associates for a comprehensive eye exam. Our eye doctor in Columbia, SC, can help you find the best option for your eyes.
For more information about bifocal contact lenses, or to schedule an appointment, call us at 803-254-6306.