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Old 05-22-2008, 10:08 AM   #1
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Bifocal Contact Lenses
Does anyone have soft bifocal contact lenses? Are you happy with the results? Did it take you long to get used to the lenses? I'm in the process of getting soft bifocal contact lenses and I'm having a very hard time. I have had 6 different sets of lenses in the past 8 weeks and still can't see well. The eye dr. told me it could be a long process but I'm getting very discouraged.

Right now I'm not happy with my vision, both near and far. I'm stuggling to see distance and struggling to read. I'm getting headaches from straining so hard. Is this normal?

The eye dr. said it takes a while to 'tweak' things because if you change the distance, it effects the reading, and then vice versa. I'm so unhappy right now and I'm not enjoying knitting, reading, even watching tv, as much as I used to because I can't see as well.
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Old 05-22-2008, 10:18 AM   #2
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What they did for me was give me one side near and one side distant - seemed to work well for me. They didn't want to go bifocal lenses because I only wear contacts to perform; so having the disparate eyes is easier to adjust then learning to cope with the befocal lenses.
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What they did for me was give me one side near and one side distant - seemed to work well for me. They didn't want to go bifocal lenses because I only wear contacts to perform; so having the disparate eyes is easier to adjust then learning to cope with the befocal lenses.

I wear hard lenses and have the one for distance/other for near and it works well. They call it "Monovision". It took a day to get used to but so far it's been good except for siting a rifle...which I never do. I asked about the bifocals and my Dr. said they were just too difficult to get used to.
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I have wore contacts my whole life, and have worn bifocal contacts for maybe 8 years? maybe more.. long time.. I LOVE them..yes your brain needs to learn how to focus on things near and far....I did not have a hard time..You need to go to a good dr..it is kind of a specialty to be able to fit them.. make sure your dr.. I would try different types..I just really love them..it s not perfect but my vision is like really bad withouth them..I hope things work out for you
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I am in the group that did not like them. Like you I couldn't see very good with them. I tried like heck to get used to them. It was as if I didn't have glasses on. So back to the regular glasses again. This was almost 15 years ago and I see that it hasn't gotten any better. Oh well . Good luck on either way you go.



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Thanks everyone! I appreciate your responses. I guess I'll hang in there a little longer with the bifocal lenses, but if it doesn't get better soon I think I'll try monovision. If that doesn't work, I guess I'll have to go back to glasses, but I haven't worn glasses since 6th grade!
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I tried bifocals for about 10 years and finally gave up. As I got older my far vision started to improve so that now I only wear distance glasses for driving; and very weak (1.25 lenses) for very fine closeup work. Good luck. Ellie
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I am only wearing one contact lense to correct both my near vision and my far.
Its called monoviosion. It took a little while to get used to but I love it.
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I was going to have laser surgery on my eyes until my school board gave me my pink slip. (Hopefully, I will be rehired soon--state passed the education budget today!) Now, I'm going to try the biofocal contacts. I have an appointment latter part of June. Keep us informed on how your fittings go.
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Old 06-01-2008, 02:21 AM   #10
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My vison got so bad that the last 5-6 years that I was wearing contact lens... I did have one eye for up close vision and one eye had a contact for distance vision.. and when I had the lasik surgery about 5 years ago... they did the same thing when they corrected my vision.. one eye does the up close vision and the other distance viewing... works for me.

I remember that the first time that I had the new contact lens in... it did take a few hours... to retrain the eyes to work together like they had to- with their new way of seeing things... but, it wasn't difficult, a problem.. no headaches or anything like that.
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