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If you require different prescriptions in order to see objects up close and objects far away, bifocals allow you to have multiple prescriptions in one set of lenses. The lower half of the lens is fitted with the prescription necessary for reading or seeing objects in your hands, and the upper half of the lens contains the prescription to resolve any issues with your distance vision. This allows you to wear your everyday glasses without the need to carry around a separate pair of readers to help you see objects up close.
Progressive lenses are better than bifocals, thanks to their seamless integration of multiple prescriptions into one lens (usually up to three) without a visible line. Progressive lenses can also accommodate stronger prescriptions than bifocals can. For more on the benefits of each type of lens, see our guide to progressive lenses vs trifocals.
Most people adjust to bifocals in about one to two weeks. Any new pair of eyeglasses requires extra precaution when you’re driving, navigating stairs or walking on uneven ground, working with machinery, or completing any task that requires concentration and visual acuity. But for the most part, this period will pass without any real consequences—as you wear your bifocals regularly, your brain will figure out the new system. Try wearing your bifocal lenses for a few weeks, and if your eyes don’t adjust to them, contact us within 30 days and we’ll work with you to resolve the issue.
Bifocal lenses can cause image jumping, splitting, or distortion as your eye passes from the reading glasses portion to the upper part of the lens. This can lead to headaches, especially if the line of your bifocals is improperly placed or too high. In most cases, these issues only occur at the beginning of wearing your new bifocal glasses and will improve as you adjust to them.
Yes! You can drive easily and with clarity wearing bifocals. The purpose of bifocals is to keep you from needing to carry around a second pair of glasses for activities like reading or driving. Wear your glasses with bifocals and look above the bifocal to see objects at a distance clearly.
Yes! The biggest benefit of bifocals is that you don’t need to change between glasses throughout the day to suit different activities. Wear them all day in order to read, work on the computer, or drive with the same ease.
Ordering bifocals is easy: First, select your frames online and indicate that you need bifocal lenses. If you don’t have your prescription or don’t understand it, we will work with you or your eye doctor to obtain the necessary information—our expert opticians are available to ensure your prescription is properly filled.