How can I Both See in the Distance and Read in Contact Lenses?


Reading in contact lenses

We often get asked how to correct vision for distance and near in contact lenses. Whilst this can turn into a very complex subject I will give a brief explanation here to help you ask the right questions to your optician if you are wanting clear distance and reading vision in your lenses, or if you wear bifocal, varifocal or single vision reading glasses and are interested in contact lenses.

Ignoring the various different types of contact lens material and disposability, this explanation will loosely work for all lens types.

There are three main options for correction, multifocal lenses, monovision and (as silly as it sounds) single vision distance lenses with ready reading glasses over the top.

Starting with the single vision distance lenses, the distance vision in these should be better than the other two options, but you would have to wear over-the-counter reading glasses over the top of these lenses to gain the required reading vision. This technique usually gives the best all round vision, but with the inconvenience of wearing both contact lenses and spectacles at the same time.

The next option is multifocal contact lenses. These are not to be confused with multifocal/bifocal spectacles as they look and work differently.

The idea with these is that you should be able to see in the distance and near to a fairly high standard, but for this benefit you would usually pay a little more and may not have as wide a range of lenses to choose from.