Advantages & Disadvantages of Trifocal Lenses: Full Details

As you get older, your eyesight worsens, and there is no guarantee that you can keep your eyes at a 20/20 vision until you get old. 

But that does not mean it is impossible to have clear vision; it’s just a bit hard to keep your eyes healthy, especially if you are a workaholic person who doesn’t have too much time.

Luckily, trifocal lenses have been made to benefit people with eye prescriptions, especially those who have an eye condition called presbyopia. 

If you have multiple prescriptions, your optometrist may prescribe you the trifocal lenses.

However, are these lenses perfect for the eyes? What are the things you need to know before wearing them?

Let’s find out!

Trifocal Lenses: What About It?

Before understanding the features of trifocal lenses, let’s learn a little more about them and how exactly they work.

As the name suggests, Trifocal lenses have three regions for different visual pictures a wearer can see. 

These regions have three focuses that correct for distance, intermediate, and near vision; they offer correction for people’s near and far-distance vision and enable users to see an intermediate view level. 

These lenses were invented for people who lack an intermediate view of what they can see, especially those who have presbyopia.

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What is Presbyopia?

Presbyopia is an age-related eye condition that adults usually experience where their vision becomes hazy and compromised.

This is a disorder where the person is affected during the aging process; it’s the eye’s progressive loss of its ability to focus on nearby objects.

While some people fail to recognize this problem, many people consciously do realize the issue, and therefore it’s always recommended to timely visit your optometrist and get your eyes properly checked.

Advantages & Disadvantages of Trifocal Lenses

Trifocal lenses are beneficial to adults in aiding them with their vision, so it’s essential to know how these lenses affect their lives. 

Unfortunately, everything comes with its good and bad; similarly, trifocal lenses have their advantages and disadvantages, as discussed below:

Advantages

  • Since these lenses are trifocal, it lets users view clearly from every angle they look, at without feeling the need to squint to see things.
  • As mentioned earlier, adults with presbyopia are more suitable for trifocal lenses. This condition is a natural part of aging, where adults tend to get headaches while focusing to see their surroundings especially when their vision is not at its best. This makes the intermediate region of the lens effective for their field of view.
  • Users can obtain a broader view of near and intermediate vision levels in the lens, which means your eyes do not need to adjust that much to see a specific part of the lens.

Disadvantages

  • Irrespective of whether you are using glass or plastic lenses, wearing trifocal lenses can take some time for you to adapt.
  • Please note that there are three regions in this lens, and your eyes have to remember every part of your glasses to prevent your eyes and head from hurting every time you look at a particular region. 
  • If you look at the wrong part of the lens, you can see some distortions on the object or surface you are trying to check. If this continually happens, it may worsen your vision because your eyes cannot comprehend the region you are always looking at.
  • Sometimes, the close-up region of the trifocal lenses is not sufficient for prolonged use, especially your peripheral vision, which is tempting to look at the other areas even when you only need to use the near vision.
  • You cannot customize the division of each region; you may want to consider bifocal or progressive lenses if you can’t handle the trifocal lenses.

Are Trifocal Lenses Worth It?

Trifocal lenses give you an improved vision of all angles, but that does not mean you must necessarily wear them.

Trifocal lenses are worth it only if you can take risks when you already have the glasses in your hand. 

You may benefit from wearing them, but we cannot avoid the disadvantages that come with them. 

Nevertheless, they are suitable for adults willing to help their eyes adjust to a new type of lens and those who have presbyopia. 

If you are a person who quickly gets annoyed at minor inconveniences, take time to reconsider having trifocal glasses. 

They might require some time to get used to because you always have to remind yourself that your glasses have three different regions for three different optical levels. 

Sometimes, it can cause anxiety, and it can frustrate you even more. 

Are Trifocal lenses Expensive?

Trifocal lenses’ job is tougher than that of normal lenses or even bifocal ones.

Unlike bifocal lenses, trifocal lenses correct three types of vision simultaneously, close-up, intermediate, and far-away. Hence due to this feature, trifocal lenses usually have a high cost.

Trifocal lenses also have their own varieties. Progressive lenses are one of them. While trifocal lenses have three distinct prescriptions on lenses indicated by lines, progressive lenses blend these prescriptions and have no lines on the lenses.

Since progressive lenses don’t create any image jump while looking through them, they cost more than normal trifocal lenses.

If customized features are added to the lens, it just adds to the base cost.

For example, trifocal lenses with distinct lines cost the least and are usually inexpensive, but if you go for progressive lenses the cost increases.

Specific custom features like thin lenses, adding protective layers or specific materials increase the cost even more.

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What To Consider Before Purchasing Trifocal Lenses

If you are considering trifocal lenses for your everyday use, you must consult your optometrist.

You cannot just decide on your own because you are convinced with what you know about the lenses; a professional should give you advice since everyone has different eye problems.

You should ask and discuss with your eye doctor the advantages and disadvantages of these lenses because you need to prepare yourself for what is about to come when you already have them.

They may tell you whether you should use them or not, and whatever that is, listen to your optometrist’s advice.

Also, if you are going for daily use, a plastic frame would be a wiser choice as compared to a heavy metal one.

Final Words

Trifocal lenses can help you view clearly in close-up vision, intermediate-level, and faraway objects. 

Not only can they help your eyes look clear, but trifocal lenses can also lessen your stress about your vision – only if you are going to have them as your primary lenses for your eyeglasses. 

However, not everyone is the same, so using them largely depends on your requirement and comfort and whether you can wear them regularly.

Always consult your optometrist when it comes to eyes because you cannot just decide by yourself on how to improve your vision. 

Avoid self-medication and make proper use of your knowledge along with your eye doctor’s help to get the best solution for your eye problems.

About Tessa Reynolds

Hey, I'm Tessa. I like to do makeup, especially eye makeup. So, I always take inspiration about how I can do better eye makeup that makes my eyes beautiful. Along with makeup, I'm also a big fan of sunglasses, and I always test new glasses that go with my curly hair.

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