Can I wear contacts if I need progressive lenses?

Are bifocal or progressive glasses the only solution? We have a lot of people who ask, “can I wear contacts if I need bifocals?”. The short answer is YES. You can definitely wear contacts even if you need help with your up close reading and computer vision.

Can I replace my glasses with contact lenses?

If you are alternating between your glasses and contacts (or your contacts and your glasses), you might think that you can use your glasses prescription for contacts (or vice versa). No, you can’t. Eyeglass prescriptions and contact lens prescriptions are very different, and you can’t use one in place of the other.

How does progressive contact lenses work?

Alternating bifocal contact lenses work in a similar way to bifocal eyeglasses—there is a line of separation in the lens and what you are looking at will determine which part of the lens you use. Simultaneous vision lenses force your eyes to look through distance and near powers simultaneously.

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What is the alternative to progressive lenses?

Besides progressives and bifocals, there are also trifocal lenses or bifocal contacts. Like progressives, trifocals offer three fields of vision, but have two visible segment lines that mean a double image jump. New designs in bifocal contact lenses are also an alternative.

How do you know if you need progressive lenses?

If you only have a hard time seeing things up close, you might just need reading glasses, which you use whenever you read or use the computer. However, if your vision is blurry enough that you can’t see near or far things, a progressive set of lenses might be a better option.

How bad do your eyes have to be to get contacts?

Severe dry eye syndrome can cause not only significantly uncomfortable contact lens wear, but it can put a person at risk of corneal scarring and potential infection. However, mild to moderate dry eye patients can usually wear contact lenses, at least part of the time.

Can I order contacts with my glasses prescription?

In short, the answer is no! You should not convert your eye glass prescription to your contact lens prescription. Equally, you can not change your contact lens prescription to a glasses prescription.

How long does it take to get used to progressive contact lenses?

Plan for four to six weeks to get used to them. Over time, your eyes will naturally look through the correct part of the lens, and you’ll enjoy better vision because of it.

Are multifocal contacts worth it?

Multifocal contact lenses allow you to see near, medium, and far distances with better visual acuity and less juggling of other devices, like wearing contacts and also wearing reading glasses. They are not for everyone, but they can be very helpful for some people who have more than one refractive error.

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What is the difference between multifocal and progressive contact lenses?

Multifocal contact lenses give you added freedom over glasses and they allow you to be able to view any direction – up, down and to the sides – with similar vision. People wearing progressive lenses in glasses on the other hand have to look over their glasses if they want to view upwards or into the distance.

Is there something better than progressive lenses?

While many people may immediately choose a progressive lens, a bifocal may be a better fit for your lifestyle and vision needs. Some individuals find the strong distinction between Rx’s of a bifocal lens more comfortable for their vision.

What frames are unsuitable for progressive lenses?

The two frame styles that progressive wearers want to avoid are Aviators and Cat-Eyes. The reason for this is simple: both frame types put you at risk for cutting off the bottom portion of the prescription, resulting in a loss of reading vision.

Is progressive lenses bad for your eyes?

If wearers are not used to multiple changes in lens power, progressive lenses can make them nauseous and dizzy at first. Another disadvantage is that peripheral vision can be slightly altered by the changes that occur at the edge of progressive lenses.

Are progressive lenses better than single vision?

Some people find that a progressive lens is better than a single-vision lens because it allows them to see clearly at different distances without the need to carry a second pair of eyeglasses. A progressive lens does the job of a single-vision lens and reading glasses, so that you only have one pair of glasses on hand.

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What is the average cost for progressive lenses?

Standard Progressive Lenses

The price is higher than regular flat-top bifocal or trifocal lenses. Still, they are quite affordable. Depending on the brand name, these lenses will range in price from $175 to $250 for the base lenses.

Is it hard to get used to progressive lenses?

You may need time to adjust to your lenses. Most people get used to them after a week or two, but it can take longer. A few people never like the changes in vision and give up on bifocals or progressives.