Skip to main content

Bifocal and Multifocal Contact Lenses

Bifocal and Multifocal Contact Lenses in Pasadena

If you’re over 40 and struggling with close-up vision, you likely have presbyopia, a common age-related condition where the eye’s natural lens loses its ability to focus on nearby objects. While reading glasses with bifocal or multifocal lenses are a common solution, there’s another option available: contact lenses. At Vision i Care in Pasadena, we offer both soft and Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP) bifocal and multifocal contact lenses to provide you with clear vision at all distances.

Understanding Bifocal and Multifocal Contact Lenses

Bifocal and multifocal contact lenses feature different prescriptions in one lens, allowing wearers to see clearly at both near and far distances.

  • Bifocal Contact Lenses: Designed for near and distance vision.
  • Multifocal Contact Lenses: Provide a range of focal points for seamless transitions between distances.
  • Comprehensive Contact Lens Fitting: Our experienced optometrists conduct detailed fittings to determine the most suitable type of bifocal or multifocal lenses based on your prescription and lifestyle.
  • Personalized Recommendations: Receive personalized recommendations for the type of lenses that align with your visual needs and preferences.
  • Trial Lenses and Adjustments: Try different lenses during the fitting to ensure optimal comfort and visual clarity. Our team makes necessary adjustments for a perfect fit.
  • Freedom from Reading Glasses: Bifocal and multifocal contact lenses offer an alternative for those who find reading glasses inconvenient or dislike their appearance. These lenses provide clear vision for distance, intermediate, and close-up tasks, allowing you to enjoy seamless vision without constantly switching between glasses.
  • Unrestricted Vision in All Directions: Unlike traditional bifocal glasses, multifocal contact lenses allow you to see clearly in all directions—up, down, and to the sides. This eliminates the need to look over glasses for activities like viewing upward or into the distance.

Understanding the Difference

Bifocal Contact Lenses

Bifocal lenses have two distinct segments for different vision powers. The top segment is for distance vision, while the bottom segment is for near vision. While these lenses enable you to switch focus from near to far, vision may not be clear in between.

Multifocal Contact Lenses

Multifocal lenses encompass various designs, including bifocals, trifocals, and progressive lenses. They offer multiple powers for seamless vision adjustment from up close to far and everything in between.

Types of Multifocal Contact Lenses

  1. Simultaneous Vision Lenses: These lenses present both distance and near vision zones simultaneously. After a brief adjustment period, your eyes learn to focus on the relevant segment while ignoring the other.
    • Concentric Ring Design: Similar to a bulls-eye, with a central circular area of one power and a ring around it of the alternate power.
    • Aspheric Design: Blends multiple lens powers across the surface, providing a natural vision experience.
  2. Translating or Alternating Vision Lenses: Similar to bifocal eyeglass lenses, these contacts divide into distinct areas. The top is for distance vision, and the bottom is for near vision. Pupil movement determines the desired zone based on your vision needs.
    • Translation: Lenses are held in place by a ballast or flattening the bottom, typically available in Rigid Gas Permeable material.

Considering Monovision

Monovision is an alternative for presbyopia, particularly for those who find it challenging to adapt to multifocal lenses. It involves splitting distance and near vision between eyes, using the dominant eye for distance and the non-dominant eye for near vision.

Is Bifocal and Multifocal Contact Lenses Right for You?

  • Presbyopia Correction: Ideal for individuals experiencing presbyopia, where reading glasses are required for close-up tasks.
  • Dynamic Lifestyles: For those with dynamic lifestyles requiring clear vision at various distances without the need for multiple pairs of glasses.
  • Dissatisfaction with Current Lenses: Suitable for individuals dissatisfied with their current bifocal or multifocal lenses, seeking an upgrade for enhanced comfort.

Schedule Your Contact Lens Fitting

Experience the convenience and clarity of bifocal and multifocal contact lenses by scheduling a contact lens fitting with our experienced optometrists at Vision I Care.

Book Your Contact Lens Fitting Now


Read success stories from individuals who have embraced the convenience of bifocal and multifocal contact lenses at Vision I Care. Discover how these lenses have transformed their daily activities.

Read More Reviews

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I wear bifocal or multifocal lenses all day?

Yes, these lenses are designed for all-day wear, providing clear vision at all distances.

Are these lenses suitable for astigmatism?

Bifocal and multifocal lenses are available for individuals with astigmatism, offering a customized solution.

How long does it take to adjust to bifocal or multifocal lenses?

Adjustment time varies, and our optometrists will guide you through the process, ensuring a smooth transition.

Enhance your visual experience with the versatility of bifocal and multifocal contact lenses at Vision I Care. Schedule your contact lens fitting today to enjoy seamless vision at all distances.

Request Appointment