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If I have my cataract lens set for distance, can I use contact lenses for reading without blurring distance vision?

No, unfortunately a conventional monofocal contact lens will blur your distance vision in exchange for clearer near vision. You could consider an alternative, such as a multifocal contact lens that is unpowered for distance, but that provides some near functionality. Another choice might be blended vision (or monovision), where one of your eyes remains set for distance, and you wear a contact for near vision.

Answered by: James M. Heltzer, MDDr. James M. Heltzer

Categories: Cataracts, Vision Correction

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Answered: Jan 24, 2013

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