• el posted an update 4 weeks ago

    Has anyone here got multifocal contact lenses and how long did it take you to get used to them? I’m finding that I can see objects in the middle distance really well and my close up vision is acceptable but my long distance vision seems quite blurry. I’ve only had them in for 3 hours or so and am due to take them out in another hour but I so want them to work and am looking for some words of encouragement if anyone has any?

    • I tried them for a week and found they didn’t actually improve my eyesight so I went back to my previous arrangement – my eyes adjusted really quickly but they generally do 🙂

    • mo replied 4 weeks ago

      I’ve had them for about 6 months and they have made a huge difference to me. I wore contact lenses before.

    • kelly replied 4 weeks ago

      I have variofocal lenses that I use from time to time – I was warned that it would take a while to get 100% used too them, I also took time to get used to variofocal glasses. Now I go between the two – lenses for a night out when I don’t want to take glasses with me and I usually wear my glasses for work. I hope your optician told you that it would take time and that you have a check-up appointment to see how you are getting on with them. Perseverance is the key I am afraid. Only thing I would warn you about if you have the same ones as me don’t whatever you do go to sleep in them.

      • el replied 4 weeks ago

        Thanks @kelly I wore contacts for years and years until my eyeballs apparently changed shape and I gained the perfect vision I’d lacked since childhood! Now old age has kicked in and I fancied ditching the reading glasses that make me feel so old I have a follow up appointment in two weeks and I might try the single vision lens next time to see which works best for me. It will be a lot cheaper, especially as I only need to wear one lens because my distance vision is almost perfect.

        I am being very good and have worn them for four hours today and will go up to 6 tomorrow as advised and keep increasing them a bit every day. I took them out and put them back in at the opticians with no problem at all and they feel very comfy. I forgot I had them in apart from when I tried to look into the distance and it was always blurred.

        I did once keep my contacts in for far too long and got a real telling off from the midwife. I was in labour for over 25 hours and kept my daily disposables in for three days because I was determined to see my baby daughter as soon as she was born. Didn’t come to any harm but obviously it’s not a good idea.

    • I loved mine for years, right from the beginning. But I have found that not all opticians get the prescription right first time. My optician was on holiday when I went for one check-up, the newly qualified optician that I saw ‘adjusted’ my prescription so that I could see to the moon but couldn’t read a book. Fortunately my usual optician had only gone on holiday for a fortnight!
      I have stopped wearing them now though because it is just too difficult to get the balance between long and short vision right – or it could be that ‘my’ optician has retired recently.
      If yours are comfortable but your vision isn’t correct, I would go back and ask for a re-test.

      • el replied 4 weeks ago

        Yes, I don’t think the prescription can be right because I wouldn’t be able to drive safely with them in and that’s not a step forward! I shall keep wearing them for a while longer and ask them to change the prescription when I go in for the check in two weeks. I so want them to work so that I can ditch the old lady glasses on a chain look.

    • Following with interest.

      I have short sight, with bad astigmatism in one eye so am currently on one astigmatic lens and one regular lens. However due to being generally decrepit and falling apart, I also now need reading glasses. I would love to have lenses that did it all… will ask the optician at next visit