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yes. there are true bifocal contact lenses made.
They will give you good distance and good near vision but, due to the physics of optics, your intermediate vision may suffer.
Here is a brand that I have personally used and found to be excellent:
Thanks Doc. By intermediate vision may suffer, what does that actually mean?
It means distances like the dash of your car. But, at your age that really shouldn't be a problem.....yet ;)
To have clear distance, intermediate and close vision requires trifocals or progressive lenses....
Are there tri focal or progressive contacts?
But nothing is free....you loose contrast sensitivity with these lenses......some loss of clarity at night etc...
You optometrist should be able to help you select a lens that will work well for you.
Is there anything else you would like to discuss at this point or have all your questions been answered to your satisfaction?
Interesting. The two optometrists I saw made it sound like the only options I had were what they gave me. Will the prescription they gave me for the monovisions be the same as what I would need for the tri or bi focals?
No. The tri and bifocal lenses require careful and extensive fitting in the office to get them right. There is no way to use your other contact data to select the correct lenses.
Perhaps you need to go to an eye doctor who is experienced in bifocal contact lenses and enjoys the extra clinical challenge of getting them fit correctly.
Yes. Seems like everyone I go to just hawks the monovision. I'll "look" around for one that can do real bi or tri focals. Thanks Doc.
Sounds like the optometrists you went to were only interested in giving choices in the lenses they had in stock....instead of the lenses that would work best for you, even if they had to order them
Hi Dr.Rick. I found my last prescription for contacts. Are these the dailies progressives you were talking about, or are these different?
Brand: Ciba Alcon
Lens type: Air Optix Multifocal
Dia: 14.2Sphere: -2.00 high add, -2.25 low add
Yes I did but I wanted more info so I wouldn't suckered into what I was given previously.Thanks doc.