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What Are Extended Wear Multifocal Contact Lenses?

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The best part about shopping for contacts at For Eyes is there’s something for everyone. We offer affordable options for every budget and even sell contact lenses online


Some of our most popular lenses include daily wear, tinted, and toric. We also offer extended wear multifocal contact lenses to give you plenty of flexibility and the clearest vision. 

What are extended wear multifocal contact lenses?

Traditional multifocal contacts have various fields of view, including for near and distance vision. As you peer through each part of the lens, it changes the magnification and prescription, making them ideal for people with more than one vision issue. 


Many adults who wear multifocal contacts have presbyopia, and the lenses have proven to be instrumental in correcting many related vision issues. Presbyopia, when combined with astigmatism and hyperopia or myopia, can require a higher level of eye protection. That is where multifocal lenses come in handy.


Instead of getting a few pairs of contacts or glasses, such as to see up close and far away, you can do both at the same time. All you’ll need to do is look through the right part of the lens. 


Now, you might understand what multifocal contacts are, but what are extended wear multifocal contact lenses? Extended wear contacts are a type of eyewear that can be worn for multiple days. You can even sleep in many types of extended wear contact lenses, though we don’t recommend this since it can cause eye infections or irritation. 


Despite your ability to use your extended wear contacts often, you’ll still want to keep them clean. Anytime you wash your contacts (which should be every day for these), sanitize your hands first. Then, use a special contact cleaning solution from your eye doctor to finish the process. 

Problems With Multifocal Contact Lenses

The main problem with multifocal contact lenses is the adjustment period. It can take up to six weeks to adapt, and you’ll need to make sure you’re wearing your contacts as often as you can to help your eyes get used to them. 


In the beginning, you might have trouble remembering which part of the lens to look through. If you need to use your near vision, you’ll want to peer through the bottom portion of the lens, while the upper part is reserved for intermediate vision. Simultaneous vision lenses are also an option, allowing you to access both fields of view at the same time. 


If you can’t read with multifocal contacts, you may not be viewing your book or magazine through the bottom portion of the lens. Try reading from that field of view, and you’ll likely notice a big difference. 

Benefits of Multifocal Contacts

This type of eyewear has a low learning curve. It might take time to acclimate to, but the main thing you’ll need to know is how to use your lens for the best distance or near vision. Before sending you home with your new extended wear multifocal contacts, your optometrist will give you a detailed tutorial on how they work. 


Another benefit of multifocal contacts is that they can accommodate several prescriptions. If you’ve been struggling to remember to carry around multiple pairs of contacts or glasses, this eyewear choice will save you a ton of time. 


Extended wear contacts also don’t need to be replaced daily. That will be better for your wallet and help your investment last longer.

Summary: How do extended wear multifocal contact lenses work? 

Extended wear multifocal contact lenses are the perfect solution for people with vision issues, especially presbyopia. No matter your age, this eyewear can help take your eyesight to the next level by clearing your vision at multiple distances. 


With this type of lens, there’s no need to buy other eyewear. You’ll be able to see far and near with a low learning curve. It may just take a bit to adjust to them.

Want to try out extended wear multifocal contact lenses for yourself? Schedule a content lens exam with our optical team today.

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