What are Trifocal Lenses?

As we age, so do our eyes! As they do, your corrective lens requirements can become increasingly unique. Most people have heard of bifocal lenses, but as many beyond the age of 40 understand, we develop varying levels of presbyopia and other age-related eye conditions over time, which can lead you to need trifocal lenses because of the effects on both your distance and close-up vision.

What are Trifocal Lenses?
Trifocal lenses are essentially three different corrective lenses within one lens to offer you intermediate, distance, and near correction, all in one pair of glasses. The varying levels of correction can be laid out in a couple of different ways to ensure the layout suits your unique vision needs and comfort level.

Advantages of Trifocal Lenses
The greatest benefit of trifocal lenses is that they are essentially three prescriptions in one, which means not only do you not have to buy three separate pairs of glasses, but you also won’t have to constantly change them as you go about your day. Another benefit of trifocal lenses is that in some cases, depending on the lens arrangement you choose, they also offer a broader viewing area for near and intermediate distance applications like reading and using the computer.

Disadvantages of Trifocal Lenses
There is a slight limitation to how much you can customize trifocal lenses, but ultimately, they only have one real disadvantage, the adjustment period. Just like bifocals, adjusting to wearing trifocals can take some time. The different fields of vision can make them disorienting at first, but over time you’ll get used to wearing them, and your eyes will naturally move to the prescription they need for the task at hand.

Trifocal lenses vary in cost depending on the manufacturer of the lens and the style of frame you choose, just like any other lenses. When compared to progressive lenses, which would be the alternate option for those who require trifocals, they tend to be slightly more affordable. The best way to get a more accurate estimate of the price is to contact or visit your local optician.

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