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    Multifocal Contact Lenses - Any Experience?

    Iíve worn daily disposable toric contact lenses for longer than I care to remember, and find them infinitely preferable to specs. Recently, as presbyopia inevitably starts creeping in to my prescription, Iíve been investigating multifocal contact lenses, and was wondering whether anyone uses them and could share their experience.


    As far as Iím aware, thereís currently only one manufacturer offering multifocal torics (CooperVision Proclear), and these are monthly disposables only, so Iíd also be interested if anyone knows of a daily disposable, or if perhaps we have an insider who knows when they might be coming to market.

    Thanks in advance for any input.

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    I use Dalies aqua comfort plus multifocal for scuba diving. They work for me better than a magnifying mask to see my instrumentation and whatever I'm looking at in a normal field of vision when diving. However, I don't use them for other uses as I found they are rather limiting on distances ie: driving is not much fun with them (but I can see the dash clearly). In summation, I'd say they are a compromise that just happens to be ideal for my specific purpose.

    Don't ask how they work, I've no idea!

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    I wore contact lenses to correct short sight for years, but by mid- 40s the presbyopia kicked in and they were no use to me except for running. Having adjusted to varifocal glasses I tried the multifocal contact lenses but had no success. I tried again later and just couldnít get on with them. I felt as though my eyes were taking longer to focus when changing from looking in the distance to close up. The effect was a bit like mild concussion to me, as if my eyes werenít quite working correctly. I recall going out drinking in them, after a couple of pints I felt fine in the pub and convinced myself they were OK, but when I got outside I couldnít see sharply, it seemed like an effort to focus my eyes.

    The optician, who convinced me theyíd be OK, admitted that approx 40% of wearers canít get along with them. Unless theyíve improved significantly I wonít bother trying again

    Maybe itís time to wear glasses and accept your eyes, like the rest of you, are getting old. Owing to my job I had to wear glasses daily, I only wore contacts out of work or for sport, so for me it was no great hardship to stop using contact lenses. Having said that, I prefer not wearing glasses when out in the rain etc, it would help to wear contact lenses sometimes.

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    Up until yesterday I didn't even know such things existed... never been suggested to me by Boots!

    I like the concept because it holds the promise of not having to walk around with a pair of reading glasses in my pocket (tbh I never remember so it's a pain in cafes etc....).

    tbh if there's even a slight chance of these working for me then I'll give them a try.

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    Quote Originally Posted by solwisesteve View Post
    Up until yesterday I didn't even know such things existed... never been suggested to me by Boots!

    I like the concept because it holds the promise of not having to walk around with a pair of reading glasses in my pocket (tbh I never remember so it's a pain in cafes etc....).

    tbh if there's even a slight chance of these working for me then I'll give them a try.
    My thoughts exactly! Just wondering how long I'll have to wait before daily disposable multifocal toric lenses come along...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ALindsay View Post
    I use Dalies aqua comfort plus multifocal for scuba diving. They work for me better than a magnifying mask to see my instrumentation and whatever I'm looking at in a normal field of vision when diving. However, I don't use them for other uses as I found they are rather limiting on distances ie: driving is not much fun with them (but I can see the dash clearly). In summation, I'd say they are a compromise that just happens to be ideal for my specific purpose.

    Don't ask how they work, I've no idea!
    Thanks for this. As for how they work, well it looks like witchcraft to me :)

    Quote Originally Posted by walkerwek1958 View Post
    I wore contact lenses to correct short sight for years, but by mid- 40s the presbyopia kicked in and they were no use to me except for running. Having adjusted to varifocal glasses I tried the multifocal contact lenses but had no success. I tried again later and just couldnít get on with them. I felt as though my eyes were taking longer to focus when changing from looking in the distance to close up. The effect was a bit like mild concussion to me, as if my eyes werenít quite working correctly. I recall going out drinking in them, after a couple of pints I felt fine in the pub and convinced myself they were OK, but when I got outside I couldnít see sharply, it seemed like an effort to focus my eyes.

    The optician, who convinced me theyíd be OK, admitted that approx 40% of wearers canít get along with them. Unless theyíve improved significantly I wonít bother trying again

    Maybe itís time to wear glasses and accept your eyes, like the rest of you, are getting old. Owing to my job I had to wear glasses daily, I only wore contacts out of work or for sport, so for me it was no great hardship to stop using contact lenses. Having said that, I prefer not wearing glasses when out in the rain etc, it would help to wear contact lenses sometimes.
    Thanks for sharing your experience.

    Without CLs, I'd need to wear specs all day every day, and although my nearsightedness isn't a problem at the moment, when it does become an issue then the faff of carrying reading glasses / varifocals / prescription sunglasses / spare pairs, etc. just puts me off. Seems to me that CL technology is improving all the time, so fingers crossed it won't be long before there's a daily disposable to correct all three elements of my prescription.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DMC102 View Post
    My thoughts exactly! Just wondering how long I'll have to wait before daily disposable multifocal toric lenses come along...
    There's nothing in the offing to my knowledge and realistically I can't see there being. They are rather complex to make, results are variable and there aren't enough people who want them. As was said there is only one toric mutlifocal on the market and that's a monthly I use them and they can be ok but there is always some compromise to the vision.

    They work on a concentric ring principle. All have one option with the central 3mm being the DV rx and then the rxs alternate every 1.5mm or so to the periphery. Some have a NV lens option where the central 3mm is the near rx.
    The idea being that your brain will merge it all together so you can see.
    It works, sometimes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidL View Post
    There's nothing in the offing to my knowledge and realistically I can't see there being. They are rather complex to make, results are variable and there aren't enough people who want them. As was said there is only one toric mutlifocal on the market and that's a monthly I use them and they can be ok but there is always some compromise to the vision.

    They work on a concentric ring principle. All have one option with the central 3mm being the DV rx and then the rxs alternate every 1.5mm or so to the periphery. Some have a NV lens option where the central 3mm is the near rx.
    The idea being that your brain will merge it all together so you can see.
    It works, sometimes.
    Thanks for explaining how they work - fascinating. Also appreciate your thoughts on the likelihood of dailies coming to market, although not exactly what I wanted to hear :)

    What's the cleaning and soaking regime like for the Proclear MF Torics? Can they be heat-disinfected?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidL View Post
    The idea being that your brain will merge it all together so you can see.
    It works, sometimes.
    My brain struggled........maybe the beer didnít help after all

    Your explanation of how they work sounds like what I was told. I guess itís worth giving them a try, Thatís the only way to find out.

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    I tried them as was remembering reading glasses was a pain but, just couldnít get on with them particularly when driving or looking at longer distances.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DMC102 View Post
    Thanks for explaining how they work - fascinating. Also appreciate your thoughts on the likelihood of dailies coming to market, although not exactly what I wanted to hear :)

    What's the cleaning and soaking regime like for the Proclear MF Torics? Can they be heat-disinfected?
    Heat? No. It's a soft monthly disposable. Solution regime doesn't vary due to the lens, varies with the patient.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DMC102 View Post
    Thanks for explaining how they work - fascinating. Also appreciate your thoughts on the likelihood of dailies coming to market, although not exactly what I wanted to hear :)

    What's the cleaning and soaking regime like for the Proclear MF Torics? Can they be heat-disinfected?
    I imagine they can but I haven't had anyone heat disinfect for years. The modern all in one systems are quite adequate for monthly lenses. As part of the proclear range the material is common to all just the design and manufacture more complex.

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    Important to accept that compared to spectacles, there has to be a compromise in the vision with multifocals. Moreso with a toric.

    Go in expecting perfect vision, and you'll be disappointed. Expect acceptable vision, and you're more likely to get on with them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidL View Post
    I imagine they can but I haven't had anyone heat disinfect for years...
    Thanks - I'm behind the times on this sort of thing, having been using dailies for so long.

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    Couldn't get on with them - they felt weighted and was very aware I had them in which I don't get with daily wearers.

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    Isn't an alternative to correct for long and short sight separately in the two eyes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kingstepper View Post
    Isn't an alternative to correct for long and short sight separately in the two eyes?
    Can be- I wear a contact lense in my left (dominant) eye and nothing in my right. For day to day it is a useful compromise as I can read and see long distance (inc driving).

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    i use them for cycling so i can wear close fitting sunnies, they are a compromise ,id say better for reading than distance , can drive in them , i wear them once or twice a week they are daily disposables, wouldnt like to wear them every day or all day, they did take a bit of getting used to, but i am happy with them .


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    I wear them to play tennis and cycle, no issues and I'm happy with them.

    @mav112, mine are set up for distance more than reading so if anything I'm the other way round to you, I can't read too well with them but distance is spot on. As I understood it there is only so much range they can accommodate; I chose to sacrifice near vision for better long vision given how I use them.

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