Which is Better: Monovision Or Multifocal?
When deciding on a contact lens for your presbyopic patients, you first need to decide whether monovision or multifocal is the best approach. Fitting Pearls for Multifocal and Bifocal Contact Lenses Options are important. If you provide a wide lens selection to your patients, 70% of them should be able to wear basic bifocal lenses, says Birmingham, Ala., optometrist Jack Schaeffer, immediate past chair of the AOA Contact Lens and Cornea Section. Dont be afraid to use different products with different eyes. Difficult patients may need different types of lenses on their right and left eye, Dr. Schaeffer says. Doctors need to realize that, in todays market, monovision is a compromise in vision, says Dr. Schaeffer. Optometrists must consider night vision issues that patients may have. Night driving is a problem with monovision. If a patient drives at night, they should be thinking about bifocals. This helps not only the patient, but the other drivers on the road as well, he adds. Gas-perme