The term "multifocal lens" can refer to three different types of lenses: the lenses in your eyeglass frames, your contact lenses, and intraocular lens implants. If you've heard that multifocal lenses may help you, it is imperative that you learn about all three to ensure you find the right type. Our eye care specialist at Reeve Woods Eye Center in Chico, CA, can assist you.
Multifocal glasses lenses and contact lenses allow you to look through different prescription areas, even though those areas are all on the same lens. For example, bifocals may have a near-vision prescription in a band toward the bottom of the lenses, while the rest of the lens can be used for long-distance sight. Trifocals have three different prescription zones.
Intraocular lenses are actually implanted into the eye. They're often used to replace natural lenses in people who have been treated for cataracts.
The type of lens that's right for you depends on your eye issues and personal preferences. If you don't like the idea of surgery, then intraocular lenses aren't the right choice.
Eyeglasses are prescribed based on the results of an eye exam. You choose frames and features you want, such as anti-UV coatings, and when the glasses are ready, an optician adjusts them to ensure they fit well.
Contact lenses require a more specialized exam and prescription. Following this exam, an optometrist will prescribe a specific type of lens that you then try out at a fitting. An optometrist and optician will teach you how to care for the lenses.
Intraocular lenses are inserted during surgery. You'll require recovery time and then adjustment time as your brain gets used to how the lenses present visual information.
Our optical shop at Reeve Woods Eye Center in Chico, CA, has frames if you're interested in multifocal eyeglasses. Contact us for an appointment to discuss all types of multifocals at (530) 899-2244.