How successful are people with multifocal RGP lenses. My doc was not too encouraging even tho I am motivated. I know the articles are favorable,sharper vision more accurate prescription. I really would like to hear what a REAL person has experienced.
I am glad you asked because this is one of the most exciting areas of contact lenses today. These lenses do take some extra effort and equipment to get right, so not every doctor enjoys fitting them. I have found them to be very rewarding for myself and patients.
People over 40 years old commonly have presbyopia (difficulty seeing up close) and wear reading glasses. Many people would like the freedom to be able to see both near and far without glasses, yet remember 20 or 30 years ago when they wore "hard lenses" and hated them.
I am happy to report that these lenses are better than ever. Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP) lenses are truly high-tech. While gas permeable contacts will not be as comfortable at first as soft contacts, newer materials and lens coatings make them much more comfortable to wear than they used to be.
Also, there are many new RGP multifocal designs that allow for extremely good vision both distance and near. They may not work in every situation, but they can allow you to be much less dependent on your reading glasses.
Just the other day I designed some multifocal RGP for a woman who wanted to not have to wear glasses to her son's wedding. The contacts fit great and she was able to be in the photos without her glasses. After she came back for a modification of the design, she said they were even better.
Also, there is a brand-new option. This just came out this month, but I have been lucky enough to work with it since January. It is the SynergEyes multifocal. It is a hybrid design, meaning it has the optics of a RGP lens, but the comfort of a soft lens. I have been having tremendous success with this lens and am very excited about it.
If you are motivated, we can almost always find a contact lens to make you happy. If you are interested in any of the new contact lens designs, call the office for more information. If you come in for an evaluation, we will discuss the options fully before you are committed to any of them.
Thanks for the great question!
Nathan Bonilla-Warford, OD
Bright Eyes Family Vision Care
Located in the Westchase area of Tampa.