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Can You Wear Reading Glasses With Contacts?

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As you age, it’s perfectly normal to need more than one prescription to see properly in different situations. That’s why bifocal glasses are so popular. 

But what if you don’t want to deal with bifocal glasses? Can you just put on reading glasses when you’re wearing contacts? The good news is that you can absolutely do that! Here, we explain why and go over other options.

Can You Wear Contacts and Reading Glasses Instead of Bifocals?

The short answer to this question is yes, you can wear reading glasses with contacts. However, unless you specifically need bifocals, it’s typically better to just get stronger contacts.

However, if you do need two different prescriptions and don’t want to deal with bifocals because you only need the extra power when you’re trying to read or when you’re on your computer, having reading glasses on hand can be a great way to circumvent the need for bifocals. Not only is it completely safe, but it’s also a highly effective method that works the same way that it would for someone without contacts.

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Are Bifocal Contacts a Thing?

Perhaps you don’t want bifocals simply because you don’t want to wear glasses. If that’s how you’re feeling, you’re not alone. Bifocal contacts are definitely a thing, and they work the same way as bifocal glasses, giving you the same advantages with two different prescriptions in the same contact.

What’s the Difference Between Bifocal and Multifocal Contacts?

While bifocal contacts have two distinct lenses in the contact, multifocal contacts gradually transition between the different prescriptions. So, while you have a distinct line with bifocal contacts, there’s no defining line for multifocal contacts.

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Are Multifocal and Bifocal Contacts More Expensive?

Yes. Due to the enhanced technology and different lenses in bifocal or multifocal contacts, they are more expensive than regular contacts.

It’s largely because of the high price tag for these contacts that so many people opt for a pair of reading glasses and their regular contacts instead of investing in multifocal or bifocal ones.

However, there’s no denying the advantage of not having to deal with any glasses if you can wear one of these contact types.

How Hard Is It to Adjust to Bifocal Contacts?

There’s a transition period going from regular contacts to bifocal contacts, but it’s not that much more challenging than switching to bifocal glasses. Stick with it, give yourself the necessary breaks, and let your body adjust to the new contacts.

You’ll adjust in no time, and regular contacts won’t feel the same anymore!

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Final Thoughts

If you’re having trouble seeing when you’re trying to read or look at smaller objects, it might be time for reading glasses. If you’re already wearing contacts, don’t worry, reading glasses won’t mess up your vision!

You can also switch to bifocal glasses or contacts, but the choice is up to you, so go with whatever you’re more comfortable using!

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About the Author Robert Sparks

Robert’s obsession with all things optical started early in life, when his optician father would bring home prototypes for Robert to play with. Nowadays, Robert is dedicated to helping others find the right optics for their needs. His hobbies include astronomy, astrophysics, and model building. Originally from Newark, NJ, he resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where the nighttime skies are filled with glittering stars.