If you have multiple prescriptions for vision correction and currently wear bi-focal or tri-focal glasses, there’s another option you may want to look into: multifocal contact lenses! Advances in modern lens-crafting allow for contacts which work much like bifocals, and could potentially allow you to ditch your glasses for good.

The Basics Of Multifocal Contact Lenses

“Multifocal contact lens” is a term that covers any type of contact which includes more than one focal zone. The lenses are crafted to meet two or even three different prescriptions, with different parts of the lens allowing for different focal lengths.

There are three basic types:

  • Segmented lenses are most like bifocal glasses, with a large area towards the top for distance viewing, and a smaller section at the bottom for near vision. There isn’t a hard line, the transition between the two zones is smooth, like with progressive bifocals.
  • Aspheric lenses put the distance vision in the center of the lens, with near focusing along the outer edge of the lens.
  • Concentric lenses actually have rings, kind of like a dart board, alternating between near and far vision. This gives you more flexibility in how you look through the lens, but can create visual artifacts.

Multifocal contact lenses take a bit of practice to get used to. You typically end up moving your eye very slightly, or tilting your head a little, to change the focal distance. However, most patients get used to them within a week or so.

Are Multifocal Contacts Right For You?

Multifocal contacts have their pros and cons, and aren’t necessarily the best choice for everyone.


  • An all-in-one solution for complicated vision correction.
  • Allows you to potentially stop using glasses entirely.
  • Excellent depth perception.
  • Gives you a lot of flexibility in how you look through them, depending on the type of lens.


  • Take some getting used to, unlike more traditional bifocal glasses.
  • More expensive than other types of corrective lenses.
  • Potential issues with glare or blurriness, especially at night.
  • Occasional visual oddities, such as objects appearing higher or lower than they actually are.

Valley Eyecare Center Has The Lenses You Need

Whether you’re considering multifocal contact lenses, or any other type of vision correction, Valley Eyecare Center in Phoenix has a huge selection! We can help you choose the best corrective lenses for your needs and lifestyle.

If you’re tired of glasses, or just need a new prescription, contact us for an appointment!