Single Use Multifocal Contact Lenses at a Glance

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There is definitely no denying that daily disposable or single use contact lenses are taking the marketplace by storm.  If you are a regular blog reader, you know that I am passionate about the unparalleled comfort and health benefits of wearing single use contact lenses.  And for many people that are part-time contact lens wearers, dailies have the added benefit of being markedly less expensive; you only use the lenses that you need, and you never have to buy solutions.  With the unparalleled explosion of single use lenses on the market, this year has seen a lot of growth in the multifocal daily contact lens realm.  Multifocal contact lenses are designed to help the wearer focus in a range of  visual needs, from far distance, to computer, to cell phone reading.  Many people that need multifocal lenses spend significant amounts of their day battling dryness -- either due to extended computer use or due to hormonal and body chemistry changes occurring as we enter our forties and fifties.  Daily wear lenses can maximize lens comfort by offering the least risk of dryness with contact lens wear, and also now provide that vision flexibility that we need as our eyes enter presbyopia (or what many people will just call "tired eyes" and trouble focusing up close).  If that sounds like you, here are some great new lens options to explore with your doctor:

Proclear 1-Day Multifocal

The near center progressive design can give wearers
variable vision depending on their pupil size, so what
power each person needs to achieve their visual needs is
dependent to a large degree on their anatomy via
This was the first readily available daily disposable multifocal on the market, and the Proclear 1-Day line of lenses tends to be very comfortable for most wearers.  The design is a bit challenging since finding the right power of the lens is not intuitive.  Luckily CooperVision has provided a detailed fitting guide to get you off to the right start.

8.7 BC
Power Range = +6.00 to -10.00
The lens is not add power designated which makes the fitting process less intuitive.  I always discuss with patients that I do not expect the contact lens prescription for this lens to match in any way what their glasses or previous contact lens prescriptions have been because of this disconnect in the way the lens is fit.

Dailies Aqua Comfort Plus Multifocal
A schematic of the design: near center, with rings of
intermediate and then distance fanning out. via
When this lens launched earlier this year it was a great alternative option because it offered a design that doctors are already comfortable and familiar with fitting.  This lens uses the exact same multifocal design set-up to Air Optix Multifocal, and it is easy to transition patients that have worn the Air Optix lens into this daily version if they need the added comfort benefit without expecting to lose any vision.  You can follow the Air Optix Multifocal Fitting Guide to get started.

8.7 BC
Power Range = +6.00 to -10.00
Add power = Low, Medium, and High

Biotrue ONEday for Presbyopia
This lens is just hitting the market in a limited initial roll out, and I am very excited to have it in my arsenal.  Using the same "3-Zone Progressive" design that is found in the Purevision2 Multifocal lens, I am especially happy to have this design as a daily option because I have found that this lens has been very effective for many of my patients.  Again, if you have patients happily wearing the Purevision2 lens, changing to Biotrue ONEday will be a seamless transition in vision if they need the added comfort of a daily lens.

8.6 BC
Power Range = +6.00 to -9.00
Add power = Low only at this time, with additional roll-out of High add power next year

1-Day Acuvue Moist Multifocal
This lens is slated to hit the market in late 2015, but we don't know much about what it will bring to the dailies multifocal market.  The 1-Day Acuvue Moist material is one of my favorites for all day comfort, so this fact alone is worth being hopeful.  Previous Acuvue multifocal designs (Oasys for Presbyopia, anyone?) have been left behind as newer options with better optics emerged, but Johnson and Johnson is introducing a brand new multifocal design for this lens.  Not much is known about the characteristics of this design at this time, but I will continue to keep you updated as we learn more!

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  1. It's amazing how many different kinds of contacts there are out there. People are figuring out how to do really cool things with contacts. I can't wait to see what the future has in store for the contact lens industry.