Can I Wear Contact Lenses If I Need Bifocals and My Eye Are Dry?

By Dr. Richard Barnstein

“Can I wear contact lenses if I need bifocals and my eye are dry?” My short answer is “Yes”, and “It depends.”

The great news is that there are more options than ever on the possibilities to see without glasses, with multifocal contact lens for patients. Our doctors at Professional Vision Timonium & Carney have been able to help our patients, more than ever, to wear contact lenses if they need bifocals, and also have eye dryness. There are some fantastic daily disposable multifocal contacts that many of our patients are having tremendous success with.

Here are some factors to consider:

1. How much do you want to wear contact lenses, or would like to see and do things without having to wear glasses? It’s not so much “how much you want to wear contacts, as much as “how much do you want to see without having to use glasses for certain tasks?” For 1st time wearers, I’ve found this desire to be the number one factor in wearing contacts.
2. How much/how often would you like to wear them/not have to wear glasses to see something? Some of my patients wear contacts all day, while others may wear them for more specific endeavors, like for evenings, weekends, and hobbies.
3. It depends on your eye health history/Any history of eye conditions that may make it difficult to wear contact lenses. Certain health conditions can be associated with more dry eye conditions that may hinder the use of contact lenses. This doesn’t necessarily mean that someone in this situation cannot wear contacts.
4. It can depend on the type of vision you have.There tends to be more choices than ever for someone to be able to wear contact lenses, but some types of vision have more limitations in choices.

I hope this helps!

About Eyedrbarnstein

Dr. Richard Barnstein is an optometrist / partner with Professional Vision in the Baltimore area. ( Timonium and Carney ) Professional Vision is a boutique eyecare practice, with fashionable designer frames and sunglasses. We have an eye doctor available for eye appointments for contacts, comprehensive eye exams, and treatment of eye emergencies 6 days a week, at Timonium & Carney. Dr. Richard Barnstein, a Baltimore native, graduated from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry (now Salus University) in 1994. He attended James Madison University (1987-90) where he was accepted early into optometry school. Dr. Barnstein is therapeutically licensed to treat eye disease, and diagnoses and manages glaucoma. He also specializes in difficult contact lens fittings, dry eye disease, and LASIK co-management. Dr. Richard Barnstein is a member of the American Optometric Association and the Maryland Optometric Association. Dr. Richard Barnstein enjoys spending time with his wife, 2 children, and puppy goldendoodle. He's an avid Ravens, Terps, and Orioles fan, and loves live music. Profession Vision on Twitter Dr. Richard Barnstein on Twitter Check out Dr. Barnstein's Live Music and Sports Blog, Farmerstanproductions!
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