How to Make the Transition to Bifocal Contact Lenses

Ever since Ben Franklin invented them in the eighteenth century, bifocals have been both a blessing and a curse to those who wear them.


Though bifocals provide the wearer with the ability to see both near and far without having to carry two separate sets of glasses, they have also been the source of many a headache as the wearer’s eyes are strained by adjusting between the different lenses.

In the evolution of vision technology, the development of progressive bifocals and, in recent years, bifocal contact lenses have translated into more freedom and less headache – figuratively and literally – for those who need a little help with their sight.

Addressing Valid Concerns

Bifocal wearers may have presented some valid concerns about switching from frames to contacts. Will they be at least as effective and comfortable as frames? Will they be more comfortable? Will I have headaches? Will I need to perform some sort of optic gymnastics in order to see properly? These questions and many more come to mind – and with good reason – when considering whether you should ditch your glasses.

The fact is, several people who have worn bifocal frames for years testify that the transition to bifocal contacts was actually very easy, since the frames had already trained their eyes to make the switch in distance and depth perception. In fact, the contacts made the adjustment even easier. In one testimonial, a person compared her switch to bifocal contacts to someone watching TV in high-definition for the first time – things never look the same again!

Why Make the Switch From Glasses to Contacts?

Some people choose to use monovision lenses – wearing one lens in one eye for seeing far away and another lens in the other eye for seeing nearby. Though this option is somewhat functional, seeing objects in the middle ground would be difficult – or, at least, disorienting. A daily activity that required constant and quick visual adjustments – like driving, for example – would be a potentially frustrating and exhausting enterprise.

Technology has advanced to the point where bifocal contact lenses are now available in rigid gas permeable (GP) lenses, whose construction allows the eye to “breathe,” making them comfortable to wear and convenient to use for long periods.

Also, let’s consider the practical appeal. Wearing contact lenses instead of glasses allows the wearer to do more! Whether it’s playfully wrestling with an active grandchild, taking a swim in the local pool, or skiing on a winter vacation, being able to wear contacts opens up a world of possibilities!

Change for the Better

It’s understandable to be concerned about something as important as the health of your eyes; however, modern technology has advanced significantly since Ben Franklin’s day so put those worries to rest. For the majority of the bifocal-wearing population, switching from frames to contacts would be an easy transition that would bring greater comfort and open up more opportunities for a fulfilling lifestyle.

Ask your eye doctor if Acuvue Bifocal contact lenses are the right product for you! Why delay? You can make the switch to a more comfortable lifestyle today!