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This is a continuation of my previous post about why people need reading glasses in their early 40s.  If you missed that post be sure to go back and read about it here.

These are the reasons you should read this article and also why you should stop buying reading glasses.

-If you can’t find a fashionable pair of reading glasses.

-If you are tired of losing your reading glasses.  (People usually take better care of glasses made especially for them)

-If reading glasses give you a headache.

-If you don’t like taking your reading glasses off to see peoples faces.

Side note, if you see someone wearing reading glasses and they look at you like they don’t recognize you, it’s because they really don’t because your face is blurry.  

-If you don’t want to wear glasses at all.

If you have gotten to this point in the article, it probably means you don’t want to wear reading glasses anymore for possibly one of the reasons I mentioned above.  Now I’ll go over some options to help you see better up close. Keep in mind, everyone’s eyes are different and what worked for someone you know may not work the same for you, which is a great segway into the first option here.

  1. Multifocal Contact lenses.  Multifocal contacts are designed to help you see up close and far away.  They are shaped sort of like a bullseye, one ring helps you see up close, one ring helps you see far away, etc.  When you put them on, your brain figures out which ring is in focus at which distance, and you can see. Most people that wear multifocals can see very well in good lighting conditions, but tend to have some difficulty reading small print like menus when they are in dim lighting situations.  Some multifocal wearers also complain that their distance vision at night is not as good. Otherwise, during the day, in good lighting conditions you should be able to see most things you need to see. If you are a perfectionist, have a lot of astigmatism, or want to be able to tie fishing line in the dark, multifocals may not be for you.  Otherwise, multifocals work great for most people.
  1. Monovision Contact Lenses.  Monovision contacts work by correcting one eye to see in the distance and correcting the other eye to see up close.  This is what eye doctors used before we had multifocal contacts, and it still works pretty well for many people. It takes a couple of weeks to get used to, because your depth perception will be off a bit, but after getting used to it, most monovision wearers are happy.  We mostly use monovision for people that have astigmatism, or patients that aren’t happy with multifocals.
  1.  Progressive Glasses.  Progressive glasses are designed to help you see at any and all distances.  They work by progressively getting stronger as you move down in the lens.  So, the top part of the lens helps you see far away, the middle part helps you see intermediate distances like your computer screen, and the lower part helps you see things up close like your phone.  These lenses give you the most range, flexibility, and clarity of all the lens options. It does take a bit of time to adapt to, because I tell people wearing a progressive is like learning how to ride a bike without training wheels.  Once people get used to them, they are usually very happy with their vision. The only limitation with progressives is a smaller area of peripheral vision. To see objects in your peripheral vision it tends to work better to turn your head to see things.  For instance when driving a car it works best to turn your head to check your blind spot as opposed to cutting your eyes to the side.
  1.  Bifocals and Trifocals.  Bifocals are the traditional glasses that you see with a line across the bottom for reading.  Trifocals have two lines, one at the bottom for reading, and one at the top for intermediate distances.  These work well for people that have trouble adapting to progressives, or people who don’t do a lot of multi-tasking.  Bifocals only have two focal points, and trifocals only have three focal points. So, with bifocals out of the top you can only see things very far away and out of the bottom you can only see things that are close to you, so if you want to see something in your intermediate vision you will have to either get closer to it or further away from it.  Some people don’t like the look of having a line in their lenses, but most of the time it’s hard to tell that someone is wearing them until you get fairly close.

That's it!  Most people do very well using one or a combination of the options I discussed.  If you still have questions about any of them feel free to email me at  

If you would like to watch my YouTube video explaining this head on over to this link

Thank you for reading!

Dr. Walley