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Old 05-03-2013, 02:23 PM   #1
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Bifocals wearers, what about contacts?

I wear glasses most of the year but I prefer contacts in the summer when I'm outside so I can wear better sunglasses. Usually it works great but the last few years I started needing bifocals. My old contact prescript prevented me from reading anything up close.

Today I went to the eye doc about contacts. I have a trial pair in with the non-dominant eye having a lesser near-sighted prescript. After an hour, it's still driving me crazy. I keep closing the non-dominant eye to see better. However I can see up close. Any one do this? Is there an adjustment period?

The doc said if this doesn't work we can try bifocal contacts. I read online that they are hard to adjust to.

Tell me your experience with contacts and needing bifocals.
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Old 05-03-2013, 02:27 PM   #2
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Stick with it! In a week or so you'll be used to them and it won't drive you batty! It's that or "cheaters" and I don't ever wanna go back to messing with those!
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Old 05-03-2013, 02:52 PM   #3
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I was never able to adjust to the monovision contacts (one eye for close; one eye for distance). I tried for over a month. The doctor said that about 30% of people can never adjust to them. I have just ordered the bifocal contacts but they are not in yet. My opthamologist said they have come a long way in improving bifocal contacts in recent years so I'm going to give them a try. They were expensive and there was no "trial pair" but we will see. If they don't work, I am stuck in glasses where I've been already for a few years since I could not adjust to the monovisions.
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Old 05-03-2013, 03:02 PM   #4
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My dad did the seperate eye correction for years and was much happier with it than glasses. I'd try to give it a couple more days if you can.
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Old 05-03-2013, 03:07 PM   #5
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I wear glasses most of the year but I prefer contacts in the summer when I'm outside so I can wear better sunglasses. Usually it works great but the last few years I started needing bifocals. My old contact prescript prevented me from reading anything up close.

Today I went to the eye doc about contacts. I have a trial pair in with the non-dominant eye having a lesser near-sighted prescript. After an hour, it's still driving me crazy. I keep closing the non-dominant eye to see better. However I can see up close. Any one do this? Is there an adjustment period?

The doc said if this doesn't work we can try bifocal contacts. I read online that they are hard to adjust to.

Tell me your experience with contacts and needing bifocals.
I tried the different prescriptions in each eye thing for about a month. I just couldn't get used to it. Each of my eyes focuses independently anyway, and the two different messages my brain was getting just didn't get along.

So we tried the bifocal contacts. They were marginally better as to whether my brain was accepting what I was seeing. But, things were never really in focus.

So, I'm back in glasses.
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Old 05-03-2013, 03:10 PM   #6
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I couldn't adjust at all to monofocal vision; I tried for two months, and it just made me unbearably dizzy. I also could not for the life of me get used to multifocal eyeglasses -- the dizziness made me crazy, even after having them re-made 3 times.

I've been wearing concentric multifocal contacts for 3 years now; I had no adjustment period at all with them. The one trick is that your eye MUST stay moist for them to work; if you have dry-eye they won't be able to move the way that they need to on the eye.

As to eyeglasses, I simply own two pairs, and if I cannot wear my contacts for whatever reason I just switch them off. I don't need glasses to see distances indoors, only when outdoors, so I use my reading scrip indoors and just pop them on top of my head if I'm not doing close work. The distance pair I only use outdoors for situations like driving.
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Old 05-03-2013, 03:20 PM   #7
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I tried the monofocal vision contacts and couldn't adapt. I then tried multifocal contacts, and the person who said that your eyes have to stay moist for them to work was so right. Since I have almost year-round allergy issues, these contacts also didn't work for me.

So I'm back to glasses, and even this time the angle of the lenses is off just a tiny fraction but enough for me to be struggling to see. So I may just have high maintenance eyes. I have heard of many people adjusting to both of the other forms of contact lenses within two weeks or less.
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Old 05-03-2013, 03:48 PM   #8
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I wear multifocal contacts and while they are generally fine, they will never be as good as wearing bifocal glasses.

My eye doctor said that when you wear multifocals, you play a balancing act with what you want your vision to be like. You can either make sure you see things well close up, but then give up some distance, or vice-versa. You basically have to live with a little degradation in distance AND in reading. The price of vanity, I guess.

I keep a couple pair of regular readers on hand if I need to read something really tiny but overall I do just fine with the multifocals.
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Old 05-03-2013, 04:19 PM   #9
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OP here - after trying for 3 hours, I was getting way too cranky to keep going. I'll put them in again tomorrow morning after a good nights sleep. Glad to hear that they do work for some. I'll keep trying...
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Old 05-03-2013, 06:51 PM   #10
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I tried the multifocal contacts and they made me so dizzy, I had to take them out. I'm due to go to the eye doctor in two weeks and I guess I'll see what they say this time. I don't mind my glasses so much during the winter, but I really prefer wearing contacts during the summer months.
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Old 05-03-2013, 07:48 PM   #11
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An alternative: I have sunglasses that fit over my progressive lens eyeglasses.

I have magnetic sunglasses that fit over the lenses only of glasses.

I also have wraparound sunglasses that fit right over the glasses.
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Old 05-03-2013, 08:09 PM   #12
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I am so glad you posted this..I am at this point right now. I wear bi-focal glasses. I only need them to read things up close but it got to be a pain putting on glasses, taking them off, putting them on. I am getting dizzy wearing them all the time and looking up for the clear glass and looking down for the reading part.I guess they call them "progressive" now? Anyway, I work in a lab that requires goggles to be worn. In order to see my laboratory notebook or any document, I need my glasses and I cant take them off and put them on when I need them. When I get hot, they fog up I just want to be able to see without being irritated by glasses so I was thinking about contacts and wondering about bifocal ones..
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Old 05-03-2013, 08:58 PM   #13
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I wear multifocal lenses. Each lense has a near, intermediate and distance field. My dominant eye has the distance in the center with intermediate in between and near at the outside, and my weaker eye has the near in the center with intermediate in between and distance at the outside. I've tried everything including monovision and multifocal with distance in the center with both eyes and this worked out best. It's amazing because I needed reading glasses with the other two options.

My eye doctor also said that 1/3 of people can't adjust to these different lenses.
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Old 05-03-2013, 09:46 PM   #14
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I wear glasses most of the year but I prefer contacts in the summer when I'm outside so I can wear better sunglasses. Usually it works great but the last few years I started needing bifocals. My old contact prescript prevented me from reading anything up close.

Today I went to the eye doc about contacts. I have a trial pair in with the non-dominant eye having a lesser near-sighted prescript. After an hour, it's still driving me crazy. I keep closing the non-dominant eye to see better. However I can see up close. Any one do this? Is there an adjustment period?

The doc said if this doesn't work we can try bifocal contacts. I read online that they are hard to adjust to.

Tell me your experience with contacts and needing bifocals.
I have not been able to find contact lenses that work. The last ones were OK, but I needed reading glasses over them. And since I read all day at work, I thought it was pointless.

I have a strong astigmatism, and that's the main problem.
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Old 05-03-2013, 11:23 PM   #15
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I also wear concentric multifocal contacts. I have been a contact lens wearer most of my life and prefer them to glasses-progressive lenses drive me batty-okay for distance but cant going back and forth if im knitting or something while watching tv does not work for me. I perfer readers over my regular distance contacts to trying to use progressives or no line bifocals. I agree with those who say having your eyes be moist is important and i do occassionally use drops-not a contact lens drop but an eye moisture drop usually give to post op lasik patients-do to living a very dry climate.
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