Bifocal glasses have been around for nearly two hundred years since Benjamin Franklin first invented them. If you’re currently using glasses, you might want to look into bifocal contacts instead.
Bifocals are a blessing for many. You don’t have to keep switching between regular glasses and reading glasses throughout the day, for one thing!
However, there are many downsides to bifocal glasses. They can make you appear older than your years and they hide your eyes from those around you. Your vision becomes distorted when looking to the sides and glasses easily fog up and get splattered in the rain. If you struggle with glasses, it might be time to get bifocal contacts.
Who are bifocal contacts for?
Bifocal contacts are designed for people suffering from presbyopia. This natural condition affects almost everyone and is usually seen after the age of 40.
As we age, the lens of the eye loses elasticity causing it to stiffen. Eventually, we lose the ability to focus on things close to us. How can you tell you have presbyopia? One common sign is having to hold a book or your phone further away from your eyes to read it clearly. At a certain point, your arms are just not long enough! Luckily, bifocal contacts can help.
The difference between bifocal contacts and regular contacts
Traditionally, monovision has been used to correct vision in people with presbyopia. This method involves wearing different prescription contact lenses in each eye: a lens to correct distance vision in one eye and a lens to correct near vision in the other.
Although monovision allows you to see both up-close and at distance, there are some disadvantages. One eye is more dominant for distance viewing and the other for near. Depth perception is compromised, too. Objects at middle distances (such as a computer screen) can be fuzzy and blurred.
In contrast, bifocal contacts have two prescriptions in one lens allowing you to see clearly at different distances with both eyes equally.
How do bifocal contacts work?
Like bifocal glasses, bifocal contacts have two different regions for distance and reading prescriptions (or powers). Alternating vision lenses have a distinct division in the lens which lets you switch between powers. What you are looking at determines which part of the lens you look through. Either you will be looking through the distance section or through the section with the power for near viewing.
Simultaneous vision lenses force you to look through both powers at the same time. They take some getting used to as your brain has to learn how to adjust to what you are seeing. But as you adjust, you begin to use the correct power.
Everyone’s eyes are different and which bifocal contacts are right for you will be determined by your eye doctor. A thorough examination will help your specialist identify the design that will work best for your lifestyle, blink pattern, and corneal shape and size.
If you are noticing difficulty seeing objects close-up, you may be suffering from presbyopia. Book an appointment or walk in and see us at Main Fashion Optical in Bergenfield and Passaic NJ. There are options available which will have you seeing clearly again. Bifocal contacts may be the answer you have been looking for.