Bifocal Contact Lenses from Our Optometrist in Colorado Springs
You may have been expecting certain inevitable physical changes as you started to approach middle age, but were you surprised to find that your eyes could no longer focus well at any distance? This change, a condition called presbyopia, can easily be remedied with bifocal eyeglasses. If you prefer to wear contact lenses, however, you may need some specialized products that can achieve the same effect. Here at chapel Hills vision Clinic, we can fit you with various kinds of bifocal contact lenses.
When Single-Vision Lenses No Longer Do the Job
Single-vision eyeglasses and contacts may be all the vision correction you need for many years. These lenses correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and/or astigmatism with ease. In your 40's, however, presbyopia usually starts to complicate things. This condition is caused by stiffness in the lens of the eye. The tiny muscles that flex the lens to bring close-up objects into focus find it harder and harder to do their job. As a result, you find yourself straining to read fine print or do other close work. If you also have nearsightedness, both ends of the distance spectrum are now a blur to you.
Bifocals and other kinds of multi-focal lenses solve this dilemma. A typical pair of bifocals have small near-vision segments at the bottom of the lenses, with the rest of the lens is devoted to distance vision. Trifocals add an intermediate segment. Progressive or "blended" multi-focals provide the whole range of distance corrections in one smooth pattern.
Different Types of Bifocal Contact Lenses
Bifocal contact lenses operate on the same principles as bifocal eyeglasses for correcting presbyopia, but not always in precisely the same ways. Our optometrist in Colorado Springs can provide you with a few different options to choose from, such as:
- Segmented contacts - These contacts are the most similar to bifocal eyeglasses in structure. A near-distance segment sits low on the lens, with the distance segment positioned above.
- Concentric contacts - These contacts place a distance segment at the center of the lens, with alternating concentric rings of near-vision and distance-vision correction surrounding the center in a bull's-eye pattern.
- Aspheric contacts - These contacts mimic the blended design of progressive lenses.
- Monovision contacts - This solution uses two single-vision lenses. One for distance vision, and one for near vision.
Schedule a Contact Lens Exam at Chapel Hills Vision Clinic
Are you ready to pick out a pair of bifocal contacts? Call 719-599-5083 to schedule a contact lens exam!