Approximately 45 million people in the United States use contact lenses to correct various refractive errors. Bifocal contact lenses are among the most common prescription lenses used to correct vision problems. At Dr. Dorothy Park & Associates in Columbia, SC, we prescribe bifocal lenses to people with various eye conditions such as presbyopia, myopia, and hyperopia. We will closely examine your vision to determine whether these lenses are a good fit for you. We are an optometry clinic you can trust with your vision needs.
What Are Bifocal Contact Lenses?
Bifocal lenses are special contact lenses that have two zones with different powers that allow a person to focus on several visual ranges.
How Bifocal Contact Lenses Work
Bifocal contact lenses usually have two prescriptions in one lens. They make it possible to focus on objects located far away and near, correcting both farsightedness and nearsightedness simultaneously. Although these lenses are mostly prescribed for adults, they can also be prescribed for children and young adults, especially those with focusing or eye teaming problems. There are several types of bifocal lenses:
- Flat-top bifocal lenses
- Round segment bifocal lenses
- Ribbon segment bifocal lenses
Who Can Wear Bifocal Contact Lenses?
People with the following conditions can benefit from bifocal lenses.
Presbyopia is an age-related vision condition that mostly affects people above 40 years old. This condition reduces the ability of the eye to focus on objects located near a person and makes it difficult to read small print. Bifocal lenses correct this problem by one part focusing on distant objects while the other focus on nearby objects.
Accommodative esotropia is caused by extreme farsightedness in children. This condition occurs when the eye attempts to focus clearly and compensate for farsightedness. Children with this condition can greatly benefit from bifocal lenses.
This condition affects children too when they are unable to focus from distant to nearby objects easily. The child will likely experience fatigue when reading as they try to focus on nearby objects. Bifocal lenses offer a solution to this problem. Adults with astigmatism, myopia, and hyperopia can also benefit from bifocal lenses.
Get Bifocal Contact Lenses at Dr. Dorothy Park & Associates
We understand how refractive errors in the eyes can interfere with your life when not appropriately addressed. We can prescribe various vision aids, including bifocal lenses, which are very effective at correcting vision problems such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and presbyopia. If you or your child suffer from any of these conditions, contact our office in Columbia, SC. Call our team today at (803) 254-6306 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.