Ciba Focus Progressives vs B & L Purevision multifocals

Discussion in 'Eye-Care' started by mvstx, Dec 9, 2008.

  1. mvstx

    mvstx Guest

    I have been wearing Focus Progressives for about 5 years. I wore no
    prescription glasses before that but used reading glasses as necessary. I
    opted for contacts when the presbyopia was forcing me to have constant
    correction at about 59 years of age.

    I think it took me longer than average for my brain to sort out the clearest
    image from the simultaneous choices given it. In about two weeks I could
    read everything close and far. I have a +1.75 left and +1.5 right
    correction, btw. I noticed everything was improving and at about six weeks
    I was totally satisfied.

    I wanted to try Purevision and my eye doctor got me a pair of trial lenses.
    I had two immediate "wows" - one good and on bad.

    First, the near vision was even better than the Ciba Focus Progressives,
    but, secondly, distant was so bad, I could not read road signs over about
    50' away. After a follow up exam, he lowered each by one notch. +1.5 and
    +1.25. This helped some, but the distant vision is still too blurry.

    So, my question is: do they use such different methods of correction that
    my brain is having a difficult time adjusting or re-adjusting? Like
    center-near on one and not the other, or aspheric design on one and
    concentric ring on the other?

    I guess I should wear them for a couple of weeks before I give up. Right
    now, I only tried them one day, and went back to my Ciba lenses.

    TIA for any advice.

    mvstx, Dec 9, 2008
  2. mvstx

    jack Guest

    If I had problems like that I would go for glasses!
    jack, Dec 12, 2008
  3. mvstx

    mvstx Guest

    Thanks for the input, but I don't want glasses. I get almost as good as
    vision as with glasses with the CIBA's without scratched lenses, dirty
    lenses, misplaced glasses, sat on frames, etc. I don't think I ever want
    the 'advantage' of glasses.

    I will stay with Focus Progressives and occasionally try other similar
    products to see how they work for me. B&L didn't pass the test.
    mvstx, Dec 13, 2008
  4. mvstx

    MS Guest

    The Purevision lenses would probably be better for your eyes--as being
    silicon hydrogel, let more oxygen in.

    I'm surprised that Purevision is still the only si-hy multifocal available.
    With an increasing number of si-hy regular lenses available, even a few now
    in toric versions, why still only one multifocal version? For instance--Ciba
    has two silicon hydrogel lenses out--Focus Night and Day (I believe still
    the highest oxygen transmissibility (dk/t) available),and AirOptix. (Also
    now, Airoptix Aqua, so perhaps three.) Airoptix now available in toric as
    well. Why not multifocal?

    One would think that with the phenomenon of the aging baby-boomers, there
    would be an increase in multifocal models available, new multifocal
    technologies, etc. but unfortunately that does not seem to be the case, at
    least as of now.
    MS, Jan 21, 2009
  5. mvstx

    Dr Judy Guest

    Getting good distance and good near with a MF contact lens requires a
    little compromise. Did your doctor try modified mono vision, using
    the multifocal in both eyes but optimizing one for distance and one
    for near? I find good success with the B&Lwhen fitting older
    presbyopes by using a low add in the dominant eye and a high add in
    the near eye. Worth a try.

    Dr Judy
    Dr Judy, Jan 22, 2009
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