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Mutifocal Contacts for Astigmatism



After three years of full-time glasses wear, I`d like to give contacts another try--but I have both presbyopia and mild astigmatism, and I use my near/intermediate vision just about all the time. Unfortunately, monovision isn`t an option. Both my eyes are about +.50 (sphere) with about 1 diopter of astigmatism and +2.25 for near vision. Do you have any suggestions about what might work for me?


There are soft multifocal contact lenses available that also correct for astigmatism, which may be available in your prescription. There are also very good gas permeable multifocal contact lens designs available to correct for distance, intermediate and near. 

I recommend speaking to your optometrist about the specific contact lens designs for which you may be a good candidate. 

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Julia Rae Geldis, OD, MS Julia Rae Geldis, OD, MS
Clinical Associate Professor of Optometry
College of Optometry
The Ohio State University