Whether you’ve had 20/20 vision or have worn corrective lenses for years, you may need bifocals at some point.
Many people with vision problems can benefit from bifocal contact lenses.
Read on to find out when you should get bifocal contacts — and when you shouldn’t — and our recommendations for the best bifocal contact lenses.
Can you wear contacts with bifocals?
You most likely can! Many people enjoy the freedom bifocal contact lenses provide and find that they can wear them successfully.
If you’ve never worn contacts before, you’ll have to get used to putting them in and wearing them.
There will also be a learning curve because they are multifocal, which means they have three different focal points — one for distance vision, one for intermediate vision, and one for close-up vision.
What exactly are bifocal contacts?
Bifocal contacts are a type of multifocal contact lens. That is, they have multiple prescriptions for a single contact lens. There are several types available to meet a variety of requirements.
These are some examples:
- Soft contact lenses are breathable plastic, allowing oxygen to pass through your cornea easily. Silicone hydrogel is used in the manufacture of some soft lenses.
- Rigid gas-permeable contact lenses are stronger than soft contact lenses. As a result, they resist deposit accumulation and provide crisp, clear vision.
- Extended-wear contact lenses: These are soft lenses that can be worn for up to 30 days.
What is the purpose of bifocal contacts?
Bifocal (or multifocal) contacts are commonly used to correct age-related presbyopia. Presbyopia is a condition that affects everyone, usually around the age of 40.
It refers to a decreased ability to focus on close-up tasks, such as reading materials or checking emails on your phone.
Multifocal contacts can also be used to correct astigmatism and refractive errors like myopia (nearsightedness) and hyperopia (farsightedness) (farsightedness).
How do bifocal contacts function?
Bifocal contacts are lenses that have two prescriptions in one.
They enable you to focus on objects close to your eyes and those far away. They correct both nearsightedness and farsightedness in this manner.
Bifocal contact lenses integrate your prescriptions in a variety of ways. The two most common types are as follows:
- Bifocals with segments: These, like lined bifocal eyeglasses, have a separate section for each prescription. For example, the prescription for near vision is usually on the bottom, and the prescription for distance vision is on top.
- Concentric bifocals: These have a circular design, with the distance vision prescription in the centre and the near vision prescription in a ring around it. They also come with a near prescription in the centre and a distance prescription on edge.
How much are bifocal contacts?
The type of lenses you have will largely determine the cost of your lenses. For example, multifocal contacts are typically more expensive than standard contacts.
If you do not have insurance, you should budget $700 to $1,500 per year for lenses.
If you have comprehensive vision insurance and your provider covers prescription contacts, multifocal contacts may also be covered. In some cases, the cost of your lenses may be subject to a copay or deductible.