Multifocal lenses

Multifocal lenses are similar to bifocal glasses in that they allow you to have both distance vision and reading vision.

Multifocal lenses are specially designed to create two images at the same time. In one image distant objects are in focus; in the other image near objects are in focus. Your brain choses which image to register depending on whether you are looking at something in the distance or something near.

The two images are good enough to allow 80% of people to perform most daily tasks without glasses either for distance or near.
There are, however, some issues to think about ;

  • The lens can initially cause some glare when driving at night, though most people find they can drive at night without problems within six months.
  • Most people find that although they can read without glasses for reasonable periods, they find it more comfortable to wear reading glasses if reading for long periods in dim light.
  • This lens does not work well in people with macular degeneration.

Multifocal lenses work very well for some people but not everyone is suitable. If you would like to discuss whether you are a good candidate for multifocal please arrange an appointment with our surgeon here at the Bournemouth Eye Clinic we can discuss all of the options available for becoming less dependant on glasses.


Bournemouth Nuffield Hospital
67 Lansdowne Road

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