Bifocal contact lenses - how to wear

Discussion in 'Contact Lenses' started by John Jessen, Dec 13, 2004.

  1. John Jessen

    John Jessen Guest

    I am aged 46 and have been using soft lenses for nearly 30 years. However,
    as I now feel the problem with Presbyopia, I have tried to buy some Acuvue
    Bifocals.

    My near-vision with the bifocals is great, but distance view is blurry and
    definately not good. Is this a matter of training, or so to speak, to give
    the brain sufficient time to learn to interpret the results?

    My earlier lenses both were -3.00, and I have bought Acuvue bifocals
    with -3.00 + 1.50.

    I wonder whether I should wear one lens only, ie. a normal lens on my left
    eye and a bifocal on the right?? At the moment I wear two bifocals.

    Thanks for any help.

    John
     
    John Jessen, Dec 13, 2004
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  2. John Jessen

    Guest Guest

    John, ask your eyecare professional what fits you best.
    There are several fitting methods and lots of different working multi- or
    bifocal contactlenses.
    Self fitting is not advised.
     
    Guest, Dec 13, 2004
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  3. John Jessen

    RM Guest

    Jan is right.

    Bifocal contacts aren't the greatest but there are some tricks that might
    work for you. See an eye care professional and let them run you through
    some different trial alternatives (e.g. bifocal in only one eye, strong
    bifocal in one eye with weak bifocal in the other, progressive lenses,
    monovision, etc) and find what works best for you.

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    RM, Dec 14, 2004
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  4. John Jessen

    John Jessen Guest

    Thanks to both of you, and this is of course the correct advise. However, I
    would appreciate to know if there is a learning factor, ie. the brain need
    some time to interpret the input it get. Is it normal to have reduced
    distance view in the first days/weeks?

    John
     
    John Jessen, Dec 14, 2004
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  5. John Jessen

    RM Guest

    Yes, getting adjusted to the ghost images caused by bifocal contact lenses
    helps. Your brain does need some time to adjust and interpret.

    Having a bifocal add in your lens does indeed reduce your distance vision.
    Reducing or eliminating the bifocal power in one of the two eyes can improve
    your distance vision.

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    RM, Dec 14, 2004
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  6. John Jessen

    Guest Guest

    Please RM, let this fellow have a correct fitting procedure direct related
    to his eyes, brains and circumstances.
    You and I can explain everything but in the end the man has to be advised by
    a specialist in person to get a proper lensfitting procedure.
    Don't you agree?
     
    Guest, Dec 14, 2004
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  7. John Jessen

    The Real Bev Guest

    My experience is exactly opposite. When I was trying to be fitted for
    multi-focal RGPs, the vision produced was exactly like having real eyes
    and seemed miraculous. No learning curve at all. I could see close
    stuff, middle stuff and far stuff clearly, and everything was wonderful
    within minutes of lens insertion -- except for the fact that the damn
    things would only stay in place for one second out of 60 and were REALLY
    irritating. Against-the-rule astigmatism sucks.
     
    The Real Bev, Dec 14, 2004
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  8. John Jessen

    RM Guest

    You and I can explain everything but in the end the man has to be advised
    Sure. Your point is well-taken. But being armed with information makes a
    trip to the eye doctor more productive!
     
    RM, Dec 14, 2004
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  9. John Jessen

    John Jessen Guest

    Just to share my findings with the group:
    I found out that for some reason the distance vision on my left eye with
    a -3.00 + 1.50 bifocal lens, were considerable worse than with a
    normal -3.00 lens. On the other hand, a similar -3.00 +1.50 on my right eye
    gave an almost identical distance vision as my earlier -3.00 lens. So for
    some reasons my left eye could not "understand" the new bifocal.

    I have now replaced the bifocal on my left eye with the normal lens (-3.00),
    and are using the -3.00 +1.50 on my controlling right eye. And presto, I
    have a perfect distance vision and no more problems with close-up reading.
    After some days of use, I have no problems whatsoever with headache, eye
    pains or the like.

    Every second year I consult an eye-specialized doctor to have my eyes
    inspected, and for renewed check of my needed strength. So I feel no need to
    pay the triple price to consult and buy from an optician.

    John
     
    John Jessen, Dec 17, 2004
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  10. John Jessen

    Guest Guest

    But still wanting answers from professionals here for free.
    Come on, how do you earn your daily bread.
     
    Guest, Dec 17, 2004
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  11. John Jessen

    John Jessen Guest

    But still wanting answers from professionals here for free.
    Not really. I am sorry but I did not read the groups foundation, I simply
    sought peer-to-peer advise and sharing of experience, not professional
    advise.

    John
     
    John Jessen, Dec 18, 2004
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