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What are Trifocal Lenses? What Are Their Advantages and Disadvantages?

For those who require multiple prescriptions due to distance and near vision problems, trifocals may be an option prescribed by your eye doctor.

This type of lens works by peering through the highest part of the lens to see at a distance and looking through the lower portion when looking at things closely. Trifocals also feature another viewing area in the center of the lenses to help you see visuals within a range of about two feet.

Pros of Trifocal Lenses

Trifocal Lenses  | Dittman EyecareThere are a variety of benefits to using trifocal lenses, including:
  • Trifocal lenses give you the ability to get vision correction for three different prescriptions. This works well for people who have blurry vision at different distances, helping to clear up images both near and far away.

Cons of Trifocal Lenses

Although trifocal lenses can be very beneficial, they also come with some cons, including:
  • Unfortunately, trifocals can’t be customized as much as other eyewear. For those who are looking to get multifocal eyewear made for their eyes, progressive lenses have more customizable options.
  • It can take a few days to adapt to wearing trifocal lenses. It also takes a few days to adjust to progressive lenses and bifocals. It is normal to have an adjustment period. We recommend that you wear your glasses as often as possible to help speed up your adjustment time.

Are Trifocal Lenses Right For Me?

In most cases, trifocal lenses are recommended for patients over the age of 40 who have a pre-existing vision condition and who are starting to experience presbyopia. Presbyopia is a condition where farsightedness is caused by the loss of elasticity in the lens of the eye. This commonly occurs in middle or old age. Additionally, anyone who needs help with their three fields of vision can benefit from trifocal lenses.

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