If you wear bifocals or trifocals, you’re no stranger to the inconveniences that the line between the lenses can cause. Not to mention, the immediate power jump! To help you with that, your optometrist may have recommended trying progressive glasses as an alternative. With no lines and power jumps, these multifocal lenses may seem the easiest to adjust to. But that is not always the case!
Popular as ‘no-line trifocals’, prescription glasses counter the problem of immediate power jump that bifocals and trifocals cause to wearers. Although this gradual power change may seem like the perfect solution, adjusting to progressive glasses can take some time.
Tips to adjust to your progressive glasses!
Progressive glasses use progressive additional lenses (PALs) that have a gradual change in power, making it easier for the wearer to have great vision at all distances. These glasses have to be fitted correctly to give the best results. If you’re in the process of buying progressive glasses for yourself, here are a few ways you can minimize your adjustment problems.
Get progressives as soon as you discover you need multiple powers! This is recommended because the sooner you get your glasses, the lower the prescription will be and the easier the adjustment. The best time to see if you need progressives is in your mid-40s. And if you’re in your mid-40s, it’s good to schedule an eye test with Specscart as soon as possible.
The next thing you should do if you have got progressives is wearing them all the time. Yes, you heard me right. You may experience headaches and dizziness for the first few days but going back to your old glasses will make the adjustment more difficult. Progressive glasses are designed to be functional for all tasks. So, you better wear them everywhere!
Another practice you should adopt is keeping your chin towards your chest while you’re on the stairs. This allows you to see clearly through your progressive glasses!
Get your glasses adjusted according to your lifestyle! This is the most important thing and not getting them adjusted correctly can cause continuous discomfort.
The headaches aren’t going away? Or you find multifocals impractical for your job?
Peripheral distortion using progressive glasses for the first time is common. If your dizziness, headaches, vertigo, and nausea continue to persist after 2-3 weeks, you should probably see a doctor and see if any of the following can work for you.
You can get your progressive glasses fitted again: This sounds expensive but it is the best idea if you want to give progressives another chance. There are various types of progressive lenses available and so you can make a switch if you find better ones.
If you have problems using multifocals while working on computers, you can get another type of progressive lenses. Unlike the regular progressives, these have a gradual power change to view objects which are near or at medium length from you! These lenses can also be used if you have no problems seeing things at large distances but have been diagnosed with presbyopia!
Use single-vision glasses along with progressives: If your job consists of looking at a particular distance for a long time, you can have a separate frame for work and a progressive glasses pair for all the other times. But you should get your eyes checked and ask your doctor before you make the shift to single-vision glasses.
In the end, it all comes down to your comfort. It depends on whether you are okay carrying many pairs of glasses everywhere or you’ve adjusted to the peripheral distortion that comes with the progressives.
If you think your progressives are acting up even after a few weeks of usage, you should see your doctor and find the best glasses for your needs on Specscart. An online eyewear brand, Specscart offers single-vision and varifocal lenses while making it very easy for eyeglass wearers to buy glasses online.