Where to find toric bifocal contact lenses. What brands of multifocal toric contacts are available and how much do they cost?
If you suffer from astigmatism AND you have a bifocal or multifocal prescription, then you may have found it hard to find toric bifocal contacts, toric being the name applied to any lenses that correct astigmatism, an irregular curvature of the eye.
There are far fewer contact lens options available for patients with complicated prescriptions that require correction for both astigmatism and presbyopia (which is sadly a sign of growing old as our ageing eyes struggle to focus on small print).
But read on to see what is available.
Bifocal toric contacts cost more than other lenses as the complex prescriptions are unique to every patient, so lenses have to be custom-made to order.
Custom lenses vary in price depending on whether they are rigid gas permeable or soft lenses.
While most people prefer soft contact lenses, preferably disposable ones to eliminate lengthy cleaning regimes, rigid bifocal lenses can be better for some patients as they don't move around the eye as much as soft lenses and therefore give crisper, more clear vision.
But the good news is that there are soft disposable toric bifocal contact lenses made by Cooper Vision, perfect if you need a multifocal lens that also corrects astigmatism. They're called Proclear contacts.
Proclear Multifocal Toric contact lenses are soft monthly replacement lenses that address both astigmatism and presbyopia – a condition caused by ageing eyes that means you can't read small type or see clearly objects up close.
These lenses focus light from both near and far distances to the back of the eye, creating a clear image. This unique system uses two different, yet complementary contact lenses that work together to provide clear vision near, far and in between.
They are the only soft disposable lens currently available on the market that can correct both presbyopia and astigmatism and you can buy them online from trusted optical retailers like AC Lens.
Sadly, the alternative is to visit your optician to order a custom-made lens. They will most probably be either a soft lens intended for long term wear ie. they are not disposable OR they will be a custom RGP lens.
As the manufacturer says:
"Only Proclear Multifocal Toric contact lenses combine a superior lens design, Balanced Progressive™ Technology, with a unique lens material made using our patented PC Technology™. The result is lenses that give you great vision at every distance while staying moist and comfortable, all day long."
The Proclear system uses two different, yet complementary contact lenses that work together to provide clear vision near, far and in between.
The FDA have approved the manufacturer's claim that they: "may provide improved comfort for contact lens wearers who experience mild discomfort or symptoms relating to dryness during lens wear."