Using Readers with Contact Lenses

For those whose work or hobbies involve near viewing, eye fatigue can be a real hindrance after hours of reading or computer use. As we get older, a condition known as presbyopia makes it difficult to focus on near objects. The good news is, it can be easily corrected by using bifocals or progressive glasses.

But, what if you’re a contact lens wearer? Can you use reading glasses with contact lenses? The answer is yes!

Using Readers with Contact Lenses

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How Readers Work with Contact Lenses

Typically, your contacts will be focused for distance. For any viewing distance closer than that, such as your computer monitor or cellphone, your focusing muscle has to engage to bring these objects into focus. Readers are lenses that help your eyes focus on close objects, and can be purchased as prescription reading glasses or non-prescription glasses.

When to Consider Using Readers with Contact Lenses

Reading glasses can be beneficial to contact lens wearers in various scenarios.

  • 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 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 light reading glasses or computer glasses can help minimize this discomfort.

Using Readers with Contact Lenses

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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.

How to Use Readers with Contact Lenses

Using readers with contact lenses is quite straightforward. Wear your distance contact lenses as you normally would and put on your reading glasses when doing any near tasks. This could be when you’re reading a menu, working on your computer, crafting, or doing any close-up work. When you’re finished, simply remove your readers.

Using Readers with Contact Lenses

Readers are a great tool to have in your vision care arsenal, especially if you wear contacts and spend a lot of time reading or in front of a screen. 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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Ivan Yong

Dr. Ivan Yong is an optometrist with over 12 years of experience in the optical industry. He earned his doctorate from the Southern California College of Optometry and has practiced in multiple settings, including private practice, community health, and ophthalmology. Dr. Yong aims to expand access to affordable eyewear and improve eye health worldwide.