Embrace the Comfort and Convenience of Using Readers with Contact Lenses

For those whose work or hobbies involve near viewing, fatigue when focusing on close-up objects can be a real hindrance after many hours of reading or computer use. As we get older, a condition known as presbyopia often arises, making our eyes physically unable to focus on near objects. Good news is, it can be easily corrected by using near or reading glasses. But, what if you’re already a contact lens wearer? Can you use glasses with contact lenses? The answer is a resounding, yes!

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Understanding How Readers Work with Contact Lenses

Typically, your contacts will be focused for distance. For any viewing distance closer than that, for example, your computer monitor or your phone, your focusing muscle has to engage to bring these objects into focus. With presbyopia, our eyes have a weakened ability to focus and we start to rely on reading glasses or multifocal options.

Readers are essentially lenses that help your eyes focus on close objects. They can be prescription reading glasses or non-prescription glasses characterized by positive dioptric power. When used in tandem with contact lenses, they assist your eyes in magnifying the text, making it easier to read. If you’re an avid reader or your job involves a lot of detailed, up-close work, readers are a great accessory to have on hand.

When to Consider Using Readers with Contact Lenses

Reading glasses can be beneficial to contact lens wearers in various scenarios. Here are a few examples:

  • Presbyopia: If you have presbyopia, a condition common in adults over 40, your eyes may struggle to focus on close-up objects. Reading glasses can help compensate for this, making it easier to enjoy complete your work comfortably or enjoy your favorite book.
  • Eye strain: Spending long hours in front of screens can lead to eye strain. A pair of reading glasses or computer glasses can help minimize this discomfort.

Choosing the Right Reading Glasses

Selecting the most suitable reading glasses involves more than just picking a style you like. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Strength: This refers to the magnifying power of your reading glasses. Typically the closer the viewing distance, the higher the power you want. It is advised to consult with your eye care provider to determine which strength is suitable for you.
  • Style: Reading glasses come in various styles. From classic designs to trendy frames, choose a style that compliments your face shape and fits your aesthetic.
  • Quality: Ensure the glasses are durable, scratch-resistant, and provide anti-reflective protection for complete protection and longevity of your eyeglasses.

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How to Use Readers with Contact Lenses

Using readers with contact lenses is quite straightforward. Simply wear your contact lenses as you usually would and use your reading glasses when doing any near tasks. This could be when you’re reading, working on your computer, crafting, or doing any close-up work. When you’re finished, simply remove your readers. You can continue wearing your contact lenses for distance vision or remove them if you’re done for the day.

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Remember, readers are a great tool to have in your vision care arsenal, especially if you’re a book lover or your work involves a lot of screen time. Remember to consult your eye care professional for advice on what option is most suitable for your viewing needs. Explore the range of reading glasses available at Zenni Optical and add an extra layer of convenience and comfort to your everyday vision experience.

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Catherine Ong

Dr. Catherine Ong, OD, is an optometrist based in the Bay Area, California. She earned her doctorate from UC Berkeley, School of Optometry and currently provides primary and speciality eyecare in a private practice setting. She has a passion for patient education and enjoys reshaping technical concepts into digestable topics for all patients. When she is not seeing patients, you can find her exploring new restaurants, exercising, or trying out new recipes.