Three Things To Expect When Transitioning To Multi-Focal Contacts

Finding out that you need a multi-focal vision correction can be overwhelming, especially if you've always worn contact lenses. Many people believe that they will be unable to wear contacts again once they receive a corrective prescription that requires more than one correction strength. The fact is, multi-focal contact lenses are an option. Like any other multi-focal lens, they will require some adjustment. Here are a few things to expect as you make the transition.

You'll have to adjust to the changing focal strengths. When you first get the lenses, it may take you a little bit of time to adjust to having several focal strengths in one lens. While your eyes adjust and find the right spot to focus for each distance, you may struggle with a little bit of blurry vision. This can make walking up and down stairs a challenge in the first few days, so use caution until your eyes have adapted a bit.

You'll need to find the ideal position for your computer screen. When you first get your multi-focal lenses, you'll probably find yourself shifting your head a lot as you try to focus your vision. When you sit in front of your computer, changes in font sizes and images can make this challenging. Sit down and adjust the chair in front of the monitor so that you're sitting at a height that's the best for your eyes to focus. Have the monitor set to whatever it is you work most frequently in, whether that's a word processor, web browser or photo editor. By setting everything up primarily for what you do the most, you'll have less risk of needing to shift your head and neck as you work, which can help you reduce muscle strain. 

It can take time to develop your distance perception. Multi-focal lenses have areas where the different focal strengths intersect. When you first receive the lenses, these intersecting spaces can make depth and distance perception a challenge. Keep in mind that things may look as though they are slightly lower or higher than they actually are until you adjust to the changing focal strengths.

Understanding the most common transitional considerations can make your move to multi-focal lenses a more successful one. Talk with your eye doctor today about the contact lens options available for your prescription. He or she can help you find the right multi-focal lens to meet your correction needs. 

Go to sites for local optometrists to find out more information.