What to expect the first time you wear multifocal contacts? Upgrade from reading glasses or bifocals.

The first time you wear multifocal contacts it’s important to know that there may be an adaptation period.

Multifocal contact lenses make it possible for you to once again see better up close, far away and everywhere in between.  But, they may take some time to adjust to. The first time you wear any type of multifocal contact lenses, it is not uncommon to see shadows or 3-D images up close or have your distance vision not be as crisp as you’d like. It’s like looking through a screen door. You can either focus on the screen door, or on the image beyond the screen.  Your brain figures out how to do both.

Here’s an example:

adjusting to multifocal contacts

Some people adapt to the multifocal vision system immediately, while others experience 3-D vision or shadows for about a week.  The shadows diminish as you get used to the lens. By the time you go in for your follow up visit, most of the shadows should be gone.

So, relax and enjoy your multifocal contact lenses.  They are a true upgrade from bifocal contact lenses or bifocal glasses.

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