Bifocal and Multifocal

Summary Content

Presbyopia is an age-related condition that diminishes the eye's ability to focus on close objects, affecting most individuals over 40. This condition necessitates the use of reading materials to be held at arm's length to achieve clarity. Health Today offers advanced solutions for presbyopia with bifocal and multifocal contact lenses, providing an attractive alternative to traditional reading glasses or bifocal eyeglasses for those seeking convenience without compromising on style or vision quality.


Bifocal contact lenses are designed with two distinct sections for different vision powers – the upper part for distance and the lower part for near vision, allowing users to adjust their focus as needed. However, they might not offer clear vision for mid-range distances.

Multifocal contact lenses offer a more seamless vision transition with multiple powers in one lens, including options like trifocals or progressive lenses. These lenses provide a broad range of vision from near to far, mimicking natural vision more closely than bifocals.

Types of Multifocal Contact Lenses

For those who might find multifocal lenses challenging, monovision offers a unique solution by using your dominant eye for distance vision and your non-dominant eye for near vision, effectively splitting your vision correction needs between your eyes.

Simultaneous Vision Lenses

These lenses allow you to see both near and far simultaneously. Your eyes naturally learn to select the correct portion of the lens for the object you're focusing on, offering a convenient adjustment period.

Translating or Alternating Vision Lenses

Modeled after bifocal glasses, these lenses have distinct zones for near and distance vision, depending on where you direct your gaze. The design can be customized to your vision needs, whether you're looking straight ahead or downwards.


Corrects one eye for distance and the other for near vision, providing automatic adjustment based on viewing distance through contact lenses or surgery.

Did You Know Alberta Health Care Covers Eye Exams?

Ages 0-18: AHS covers one annual eye exam for all children. Additional coverage for medical needs is possible; speak with your optometrist for more.
Ages 19-64: Eye exams are not covered, but check with your insurance or our visit us at Health Today for possible billing options.
Ages 65+: AHS covers one annual eye exam, with potential additional coverage for specific medical conditions; speak with your optometrist for more.
Note: Urgent eye care and infections are covered*; no referral is needed. 
*Confirm any additional costs with our Optometrist before the appointment.

Choosing the Right Lens for You

At Health Today, our optometrists are dedicated to finding the most suitable vision correction solution for your presbyopia. Whether you prefer the simplicity of bifocal lenses, the comprehensive vision range of multifocal lenses, or the unique approach of monovision, we're here to provide expert guidance and personalized fitting.

Why choose Health Today for Your Bifocal and Multifocal Needs:

  • Expert Fitting: Our team ensures a comfortable and accurate fit, tailored to your lifestyle and vision requirements.
  • Advanced Options: We offer a wide selection of lens types from leading brands, ensuring quality and satisfaction.
  • Personalized Care: From initial consultation to follow-up appointments, we're committed to your eye health and ensuring your contact lenses provide the best possible vision correction.

Embrace the freedom and clarity of vision with bifocal and multifocal contact lenses at Health Today. Let us help you navigate your presbyopia with state-of-the-art lens technology and personalized care.

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