February 4, 2010 —
We keep hoping that someday one contact lens company will perfect a multifocal contact lens so that our patients who need help reading and seeing far away (presbyopes) will get great vision without reading glasses. Over the years, since the original Acuvue Bifocal, our patients have had to compromise in some way in order to avoid the readers. Well, I finally got to try the newest multifocal lens: the Air Optix Aqua Multifocal lens and I’m happy to say that my first patient really liked the comfort and vision.
Now I always temper my patients’ expectations when trying these lenses, telling them that there will be a compromise of some sort and hoping that they will be pleasantly surprised. She was very happy with her overall vision and despite having very steeply curved corneas (48-49, my OD friends), the lenses fit very well. Hers eyes were even slightly dilated due to the eye drops!
So stay tuned, I will see her back in two weeks. If you’ve tried multifocal soft lenses before and didn’t like them, consider asking for these new lenses. They still haven’t been perfected, but they seem to be better. Not every eye doc’s office may have these in stock yet, but they should be available to order if that’s the case.
Have you had a good or bad experience with wearing multifocal contacts? Let me know!