Bifocals are effective pieces of vision improvement gear, but not everyone wants to have them. Many people associate dislike having their vision correction split through the lens, and thus they are something many want to avoid. If you don't want to wear bifocals, that doesn't mean you have to struggle to see clearly. Here's how you can utilize contact lenses so you can skip bifocals.
What Bifocals Do
If you don't already know, bifocals are essentially glasses that have two different vision prescriptions attached to them. A portion of the glass or polycarbonate is designed to give you a different type of vision correction. This way, you can look through that part of the lens to get the correction you need.
Contacts and Glasses
The same type of vision correction can be achieved with contacts, particularly if you're willing to keep wearing glasses, too.
Here's how this correction works. You get contact lenses that are only designed to allow you to see clearly at mid and far-range distances. This of course means that you'll be able to see most things clearly, but may struggle with small and up-close images, like if you wore a normal pair of glasses.
That's where the glasses come in. You can wear corrective lenses in reading glasses over your contacts. This will allow you to look through your reading glasses to see things up-close, and you'll have unimpaired vision the rest of the time. And of course, you can take the reading glasses off when you don't need them, so you won't have that chronic split-prescription feeling you get with bifocals.
Another option is to go with just a pair of contacts from the contact lens store. However, your vision prescription will be a little unusual for the purposes of these contacts.
Eye doctors can prescribe a pair of contacts with two different vision prescriptions: one for each eye. This allows them to prescribe one lens to see up close, and the other to see clearly far away.
When you look through the lenses, the two images combine and trick the brain. You'll only perceive one image, but you should be able to make out things up close and far away. This is typically a big improvement for people with vision problems in older age, and the same technique is sometimes used with laser vision correction to provide similar results.
If you're worried about wearing bifocals, keep in mind that you don't have to in order to get the results you're looking for. Talk to an eye doctor to find out how you can get the vision correction you need without them.