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ProClear Multifocal vs. Biofinity - Proclear is blurry?

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Old 07-14-2012, 03:18 PM
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Default ProClear Multifocal vs. Biofinity - Proclear is blurry?

Hi all. I've hunted around the forum for a while trying to see if anyone has asked this exact question but couldn't see it.
So here goes : I'm relatively new to contacts. Been wearing them for about 5 months. I started out with Biofinity multifocals which worked great but became very dry by the end of the day (computer work, A/C etc). So my optician suggested ProClear instead. For sure they're a lot more comfortable at the end of the day - the lens is still moist and slippery where the Biofinity was like a dry rubber plate by the end of the day.
My issue is that the ProClears actually don't seem to work and I'm not sure why. I have a relatively slight prescription 0.00 / +1.50 in each eye mostly for reading. My far vision is unhindered with multifocals. With the original Biofinity lenses, I could pop them in and instantly see the difference - could read my phone pretty close, same for books and magazines. With the ProClears, sometimes the difference is instant, but most days I can barely read anything that isn't at the distance it would be without the lenses in. It's weird - like the lenses just have no prescription at all.
Anyone had the same experience? Obviously the whole point of my lenses is so I can read but the ProClears just don't seem to work and I've no idea why.
Could it be the difference in base curve and diameter?
The Biofinity were Dia 14 BC 8.6 and the ProClear are Dia 14.4 BC 8.7
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Old 07-16-2012, 09:40 AM
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Hi all. I've hunted around the forum for a while trying to see if anyone has asked this exact question but couldn't see it.
So here goes : I'm relatively new to contacts. Been wearing them for about 5 months. I started out with Biofinity multifocals which worked great but became very dry by the end of the day (computer work, A/C etc). So my optician suggested ProClear instead. For sure they're a lot more comfortable at the end of the day - the lens is still moist and slippery where the Biofinity was like a dry rubber plate by the end of the day.
My issue is that the ProClears actually don't seem to work and I'm not sure why. I have a relatively slight prescription 0.00 / +1.50 in each eye mostly for reading. My far vision is unhindered with multifocals. With the original Biofinity lenses, I could pop them in and instantly see the difference - could read my phone pretty close, same for books and magazines. With the ProClears, sometimes the difference is instant, but most days I can barely read anything that isn't at the distance it would be without the lenses in. It's weird - like the lenses just have no prescription at all.
Anyone had the same experience? Obviously the whole point of my lenses is so I can read but the ProClears just don't seem to work and I've no idea why.
Could it be the difference in base curve and diameter?
The Biofinity were Dia 14 BC 8.6 and the ProClear are Dia 14.4 BC 8.7
Confused and becoming irritated
It could be that you need to have the prescription adjusted because it's not quite right yet.
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Old 07-17-2012, 09:28 AM
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I have a relatively slight prescription 0.00 / +1.50 in each eye mostly for reading. My far vision is unhindered with multifocals.
I'm curious to know why you're wearing multifocal lenses if you only need correction for reading.
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Old 07-17-2012, 09:52 AM
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I'm curious to know why you're wearing multifocal lenses if you only need correction for reading.
It's what was recommended by the optician and I don't want to wear glasses.
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Old 07-17-2012, 10:17 AM
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It's what was recommended by the optician and I don't want to wear glasses.
That's very interesting. As you may know, multifocal contact lenses have one part that helps you read and another part that helps you see things far away. Maybe you should ask your doctor about that arrangement. Maybe you can save money by wearing single-vision lenses for reading.
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Old 07-17-2012, 10:26 AM
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That's very interesting. As you may know, multifocal contact lenses have one part that helps you read and another part that helps you see things far away. Maybe you should ask your doctor about that arrangement. Maybe you can save money by wearing single-vision lenses for reading.
GREAT pic btw....to add....depending on the manufacturer the "optical zones" can be more "ringed" wider or smaller and it may also be reversed as well...with distance in the center.
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I might have to ask about the singlevision idea - seems a bit odd to have a lens in just one eye though

I've got a box of the original Biofinity ones on order again so hopefully that'll do the trick. If it doesn't I'm going to have to find an alternative.
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Old 07-21-2012, 04:56 PM
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I'm curious to know why you're wearing multifocal lenses if you only need correction for reading.
agreed, the prescription does not dictate a multifocal lens!? WHat is your exact prescription....im curious!?
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Old 07-21-2012, 06:58 PM
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agreed, the prescription does not dictate a multifocal lens!? WHat is your exact prescription....im curious!?
0.00 / +1.50 in each eye

The new box of Biofinity lenses arrived yesterday and the instant I had them in, everything was fine. I can't feel them in my eyes, my vision is good up close and in the distance, they're not swimming around like a school of fish on the front of my eye.
I guess it must be some difference in the manufacturing process, or that slight difference in the BC and Diameters. I'm wondering if the difference in BC was putting a small air gap between the front of my eye and the back of the lenses with the ProClears?
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