How much do multifocal contact lenses cost?

How much multifocal contact lenses cost depends on your prescription and the brand you choose. If you are unsure whether multifocal contacts lenses are right for you, contact your optician.

Multifocal contact lenses have multiple prescriptions all in one lens. Usually, there is a prescription for things close up, one intermediate range and one for long distance. You would tend to need multifocal contact lenses to help correct:

  • Presbyopia
  • Long-sightedness
  • Short-sightedness

Due to the fact there are multiple prescriptions, multifocal contact lenses can cost more than ordinary lenses. Multifocal contact lenses tend to have a gradual transition, unlike bifocal contact lenses, which have a sharper edge.

There are two different types of multifocal lenses:

  • Soft lenses
  • Rigid gas permeable lenses

They also come in two main types of designs. The most common is a set of concentric circles of different prescriptions for the different viewing distances. The second is a blended design; this type of lens keeps the near and distance prescriptions close to the centre of the eye.

Multifocal contact lenses have many advantages such as:

  • A gradual switch between prescriptions, which makes it less abrupt
  • Improved visual acuity for the range of distances needed
  • Able to see in most conditions
  • No need for extra eyewear

While there are many advantages to multifocal lenses, they are not right for everyone. Disadvantages include:

  • The different viewing experience can make it more difficult to adjust
  • During the adjustment period, night time glare, hazy or shadowy vision can be an issue
  • Due to their complexity, multifocal contact lenses are more expensive


If you want to speak to your optician regarding multifocal contact lenses, please contact your nearest Scrivens branch today.