Let’s face it, you are getting older and seeing through your contacts is not as easy as it used to be. Things are not in focus, and you just know that you are going to have to get bifocals. However, not wanting to admit your age, you are not too thrilled with looking “old”. Thanks to modern medical science, you may have the option of keeping your contacts, more accurately, bifocal contact lenses. The following tips will let you know when you are ready for the bifocal contacts.
1- The first thing that you will notice is that the smaller reading material becomes harder to read. You might feel as if you want a magnifying glass. As the eye aging progresses you will find that performing tasks that are near you will become more difficult, you may even need help.
2- As you get tired, if you are in poor lighting, reading poor quality material or if you have many tasks that are performed near you, you will notice that you are not seeing as well as you expect to. At this point, you may want to get some reading glasses that are commonly available in a drug store. These will act as a magnifying glass and help to rest your eyes.
3- Finally, you will begin to notice that none of the glasses from the drug store are helping your vision. The time is right to start looking into whether or not bifocal contact lenses are the right choice for you.
4- Getting the bifocal contact lenses will be approximately $500.00 to $700.00 depending upon where you live. This cost should include your contact lenses fitting as well as the bifocal contact lenses itself. If this cost is too much for your budget, you may be able to be fitted with Mono Vision lenses.
5- Mono Vision lenses accomplish much the same thing as the bifocal contact lenses, but at a fraction of the cost. The way Mono Vision works is to fit one eye with a near vision contact and the other with a far vision contact. You will automatically adjust to the eye that is right for the viewing that you want to do, although it will take some getting use to. The price of Mono Vision contact lenses is roughly $200.00.
6- Be sure to ask your doctor if it is possible for you to have a trial period when switching to bifocal contact lenses. This type of lenses is not right for every person and may not be right for you either; it is nice to know that you will not be locked into anything that you do not like.
7- Because the use of bifocal contact lenses is fairly new, check with your optical insurance provider to see if they are covered under your plan. If they are not, you may be able to take advantage of your employers flex spending plan.