Getting optimal vision with or without bifocals
September 13, 2007 9:12 AM Subscribe
Can I get by without bifocals, or am I fooling myself? I hate my Bausch and Lomb multi-focal soft lenses, but have hopes that glasses can be made to work.
posted by rosemere to Health & Fitness (10 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I got multifocal contact lenses because I started having problems reading very small print. I adjusted to them very quickly, and was fairly pleased at first because I thought this was the right solution, even though I was aware that my vision wasn't all it could be. My distance vision is somewhat worse with multi-focals and reading small print is still a challenge. For example, I had a hard time reading the feature articles in this month's GQ with my contacts in. When I browse the web, I can usually read all but the smallest font alright with my old glasses (which corrected myopia only), but keep pumping up the font size in Firefox when I wear my multi-focal contacts. And when I read for pleasure at night, or have to read small print medicine bottles, I do best with no correction at all.
I could try a slightly higher magnification (I have low magnification, not high, on my current set of contacts), but I don't know if that will make enough of a difference. And anyway, my distance vision is still compromised in multi-focals.
What I'm considering is switching back to standard contact lenses for my myopia (-4.25 right, -6.5 left) and using a pair of cheap magnifying glasses from the drugstore for reading small print on the fly when I wear my contacts during the day. (GQ result: super-crisp!). I could them get a set of real bifocal glasses to use for distance vision or reading as needed.
So, are there any solutions I'm missing? Are you satisfied with your multi-focal contact lenses? It's possible that I may need a new prescription because my presbyopia has worsened after a year, but given how well I can read small print with my naked eyes versus contacts, I'm doubtful of that.