Many patients who wear reading glasses ask me if they are able to wear contact lenses, and really patients with reading glasses have three options; The first option is to wear what is called mono-vision. Mono-vision means there is one reading contact lens worn usually in the non-dominant eye. The second option is a bi-focal contact lens, again usually in the non-dominant eye. And the third option would be two bifocal contact lenses.


The advantage of the mono-vision is that the one eye with the reading lens can see very well near, however it’s a little blurry far away. The idea is that the brain will rely on the distance eye, the right eye, so they will use that to see far, using the contact lens eye to read. With the bifocal contact lens, which is a slightly more complicated fit, we still leave the dominant eye focused far with no contact lens and then the bifocal lens tricks the brain into thinking the non-dominant eye has both distance and near vision. When we fit contact lenses in our office, we always do a trial, because we’re never sure whether the patient will be satisfied with the quality of vision they obtain.

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About Advanced Eyecare Optometry

At Advanced Eyecare Optometry, the doctors are thoroughly trained in the detection, diagnosis and treatment of vision disorders and eye disease. They utilize state-of-the art equipment such as the Zeiss OCT Optos Retinal Scanning Laser, and Humphrey Auto-Refractor and Visual Field Analyzer, which provides a higher level of care. This facilitates the early detection and management of eye diseases such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, and cataract which helps preserve your vision!Examinations also include the detection and treatment of eye muscle imbalance, poor eye coordination and reduced focusing ability, which are common problems among children and 40+ year olds.

When indicated, the doctors fit any contact lenses required, including specialty lenses for astigmatism, monovision, (simultaneous far and near vision), or bifocal needs, as well as colored contact lenses for those who desire a “different look”.

If you are interested in laser eye surgery, (LASIK), the doctors will determine if you are a good candidate, and will provide the pre- and post-op management to insure a good outcome for this procedure.

Should you choose to wear eyeglasses, Advanced Eyecare Optometry offers a modern eyewear boutique with hundreds of styles to from which to choose. The licensed opticians are trained to help you select fashionable eyewear that compliments your lifestyle and fashion sense, all in a relaxed, friendly, caring atmosphere.

If you are looking for someone to help you with all your eyecare needs, then call Advanced Eyecare Optometry today. We’ll put your needs in focus!