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Have I aged out of contacts?  I wore them for many years but then needed bifocals and then my eyes got drier. I tried monovision years ago but gave up because my prescription didn’t come in daily disposables and got coated up too soon. Fast forward to now and a new eye Dr. I am trying disposable lenses with monovision—one eye distance, one eye midrange, and the distance lens has astigmatism correction. The idea is that your brain learns to make just one image. That’s the idea. 

 

Not sure my brain is totally onboard with this yet, when I’m tired things don’t quite seem right. But other options are both eyes the same, and use readers for close work; or a bifocal/multifocal lens, possibly as part of a monovision. I really hate the feeling of wearing glasses. Has anyone successfully worn contact lenses after the age when you needed bifocals?  What system did you use?  Did you adapt to monovision?  This seems to be a topic where we often are told we’ve “aged out”. Tell me it isn’t so!  Any experience to share?

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I’m interested in this, too. I’ve been trying monovision for a year now and it’s been a total failure. I’m not sure what to do next.

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I will say last time I tried monovision I couldn’t see print close up, like reading and labels. This Dr changed the near vision prescription so now I actually can read small print, plus see the computer screen, plus far. At night I wear night driving glasses over the monovision lenses  for the glare and halos. So I know adjusting the near Rx can really make a difference. And some people can use multifocal lenses, alone or as part of monovision. I read that’s harder for the eye dr to do so many avoid it.   And astigmatism that’s very bad won’t do well in multifocal.  Anyone try  one eye distance, one multifocal?  I’m hoping someone has had success with something. 

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I was told if you’ve never worn contacts, best not to try starting once you need bifocals, but if you’re already a contact wearer, there are options. But they all have trade offs of some sort. I hope someone has had success. And I will keep trying. 

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Is laser surgery ever an option in this case? or is that just for cataracts?

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No worries dammitjanet, I didn’t take it that way. I have heard the no contacts advice but for new wearers. I don’t take it wrong that you shared your experience. I’ve been wearing glasses lately but hate it. 

 

@blahblah:  apparently at this age and for most of us, it would need to be Monovision LASIK. First they have you try monovision contacts to see how you handle it. It’s not a surgery I would choose based on my monovision experience but I guess for some it’s the answer.  I don’t know if it’s just a matter of tweaking the Rx, or what might improve it, if anything can. 

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I'm 44 and have been wearing contact lenses since I was 12.  I wear the Acuvue Oasys monthly disposable models and have very strong prescriptions (-10.00 and -9.50) as well as astigmatism.  My corrected vision is 20/20.  Over the past couple of years I've started seeing halos when driving at night, and I've noticed that it's gotten more difficult to read small print.  This past year I've had a more difficult time reading text on my computer and on my phone, especially at night.  Last month I couldn't see well enough to thread a needle, so I finally broke down and bought low-grade reading glasses that also have a coating for computer screen use.  I see my ophthalmologist annually, and he's told me that seeing halos at night and having difficulty seeing small print are a part of aging and that my best bet is to wear reading glasses in addition to my contacts, which I've found to be true over the past few weeks.  He mentioned noticing that my eyes were drier at my last appointment a few months ago.  I have been told by more than one doctor that I am not a good candidate for LASIK surgery due to my astigmatism.

My mom, who is 73, has been wearing non-disposable bifocal contact lenses for 15+ years.  She says they help her to read, but that she can't see in the distance as well with them and does not have 20/20 corrected vision.  Her doctor has told her that her corrected vision now is as good as she can expect with either contact lenses or glasses.  My mom still has a pair of reading glasses she occasionally wears for magnification.  (She says her corrected vision is the same whether she wears bifocal contacts or bifocal glasses.)  She experiences dryness in her eyes and sees her doctor every three months to have drops inserted into her tear ducts, which help her.  She tried monovision contacts in the past but prefers the bifocal lenses she wears now.

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Yes I have astigmatism too. I have a question:  can you use the computer without reading glasses—are they just for close work or maybe using your phone?  I’m contemplating your system but trying to avoid it. As a note, my eyes are drier these days  but I use drops. And the daily lenses help since the dryness made me get protein deposits on the contacts. I’m older so farther along the journey with contacts issues, sorry to say. 

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Just to add my experience, I've been wearing soft contact lenses for 40 years (since age 16).....I also wear regular glasses (not bifocals).....I've never tried the monovision contact lenses.

I can still see the computer screen fine with my glasses and contacts, but when it comes to reading smaller print, like books, I either take my glasses off and hold the book closer, or if I'm wearing contacts, I'll put reading glasses on.

I feel like I can get by like this for awhile, because my distance vision is still excellent with both my glasses, and contacts.

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Ok I do have my own update. First, years ago when I tried monovision the way the left/right was balanced, I couldn’t see close things. I lived with it but had other contacts issues because at the time I couldn’t get daily lenses for my prescription. Fast forward to now. For the last month I had my new monovision. Apparently I’m not a candidate for multifocal contacts. All month it was frustrating because although I could see tiny things up close all the way out to distance, sometimes things would blur or I could tell my eyes weren’t seeing together well. And using the computer was a strain. So I went back to the contact lens specialist optician. After listening and checking, she made a slight prescription change to one eye. It’s a miracle!!  I can see so well now, and my eyes see together like they should. And that’s amazing to me. Apparently making monovision work takes a tweak or two to balance the two eyes prescriptions, and I didn’t have that before. So for anyone like me who definitely needs bifocals and doesn’t want to use readers over contacts, I guess monovision or multifocal lenses are it, but I get the idea that it takes some skill to get those right. I’m convinced that the fact that this person does only contacts means she’s more an expert than my previous eye dr was. Plus she was willing to work with me to get it right. I have been using samples so far. Also I’m lucky I got a new job with vision insurance to help. This was not working and I was afraid I’d wasted my insurance for nothing, so I’m very lucky it works now. I’m hoping I’m still saying that after another month. 

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Ok taking a chance someone may have an answer to another aspect. Now that I’ve made this decision, the lenses are way backordered. Is this common?  Does it help to go through an online place instead?  Why is this so complicated?  Apparently some people wait months, how can that be?  If no one knows, at least I am venting. I just want better vision, it shouldn’t be so difficult. 

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It really all depends on how out there your perscription is. I have a slight astigmatism but was able to get away with monovision.

i aged out at 32. Way too fucking dry.

If might not feel like actual dryness..but just make sure you keep them moist, like drops multiple times a day.

I might ask to see if RGP hard contacts are an option. They are supposedly way better these days.

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I had RGP lenses for years and certainly prefer soft ones, so if I can I’ll go with them. I was told my eyes had gotten too dry, but with the new technology they are working. It’s amazing. I used to use drops all day and still had issues but this go-round, the lenses are made of some special stuff, plus they are daily disposable so they don’t get a chance to coat up with deposits and get drier. I’m as excited as if I were 12 years old getting them for the first time. Since I started this thread I’ve gotten more situated and I still think seeing someone who specializes in difficult lens situations was what saved me.  The other people I’ve seen just said you’ve aged out, sorry, and didn’t offer any options. Sometimes it’s minor things that make your day—although being able to see better isn’t minor. 

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2 hours ago, sugarsugar said:

I had RGP lenses for years and certainly prefer soft ones, so if I can I’ll go with them. I was told my eyes had gotten too dry, but with the new technology they are working. It’s amazing. I used to use drops all day and still had issues but this go-round, the lenses are made of some special stuff, plus they are daily disposable so they don’t get a chance to coat up with deposits and get drier. I’m as excited as if I were 12 years old getting them for the first time. Since I started this thread I’ve gotten more situated and I still think seeing someone who specializes in difficult lens situations was what saved me.  The other people I’ve seen just said you’ve aged out, sorry, and didn’t offer any options. Sometimes it’s minor things that make your day—although being able to see better isn’t minor. 

What brand? Last attempt was with focus dailies. At one point they were amazing, then owww fuck take them out.

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I am using Bausch snd Lomb product, Biotrue One Day. Supposedly they have some super moist technology that retains its moisture all day. Yeah, right, but surprisingly I can wear them 12-16 hours daily, and use rewetting drops 2 or 3 times a day. The optician said drinking more fluids help too, but dry eye people do well with this one. I watched a Doctor Eye Health video on YouTube about his idea of best contacts and that was one, plus a couple others that reviewed well for dry eyes. (I enjoyed his eye videos a lot). I quit contacts largely due to dryness, plus the bifocal issue, so expected another fail here.  I guess you either like contacts or don’t understand why anyone would, but I greatly prefer them. This optician and ophthalmologist told me new technology helps more people wear contacts now so who knows, if it’s been years, maybe you have a chance again, if you still want them. 

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