May 3, 2023 | Eyewear

Tips for Adjusting to Progressive Lenses

Our eyesight changes as we age, and we may need corrective lenses to see clearly. For some, this means transitioning to progressive lenses. Progressive lenses offer a more natural vision experience than bifocals or trifocals, but they can take some getting used to. Here are some tips to help you adjust to your new progressive lenses.

1. Understand the basics 

You should understand how your progressive lenses work when you first get them. Unlike traditional lenses, progressive lenses have three sections: distance, intermediate, and near. The top portion helps you see far distances, while the middle is for computer screens and other intermediate distances. The bottom part is for reading or more up-close work. Be aware that moving your head slightly can change your focus, so start by rotating your eyes to look at objects.

2. Give yourself time to adapt

The first few days of wearing your new progressive lenses may feel awkward and disorienting. Give yourself time to adjust and don’t rush the process. Start by wearing your progressive lenses for only an hour or two at a time before gradually increasing your wearing time. This approach can help you avoid the headaches that some people experience during the adjustment period.

3. Get the proper frame

When it comes to progressive lenses, the right frame is crucial. You need to ensure that the frame has enough height to accommodate the different focal lengths of the progressive lenses. Your optician can help you find the best style, shape, and size to suit your needs.

4. Use your eyes to guide your head

One of the main adjustments with progressive lenses is learning to use your eyes to guide your head. Instead of moving your head to look at something, try moving your eyes first. By doing this, you will be able to locate the right part of the lens for the task you are performing. For example, if you’re reading a book, look down through the bottom part of the lens. 

With time, your eye muscles will get stronger, and you won’t even realize you’re doing it. Experiment with different eye movements to find out what feels comfortable for you.

5. Be patient

Adjusting to any new lenses takes time and patience. Getting used to progressive lenses can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. Be prepared to have some blurriness and discomfort at the start. Be patient with yourself and know you will get used to them, and your vision will improve.

6. Talk to your eye doctor

Our eye doctors at Spectrum Eye Care in Colorado Springs can help if you’re still struggling after a few weeks with progressive lenses. They can make adjustments to your glasses to help with any issues you may be experiencing. They can also share expert advice for adjusting to your new glasses.

Adjusting to progressive lenses is a process that requires patience, practice, and the right mindset. By following the tips in this blog, you can make the transition to progressive lenses as smooth as possible. Give it at least a week before seeking advice from your optician. Before you know it, you’ll be enjoying clear and comfortable vision at all distances!

If you want to see if progressive lenses are right for you or need a refitting, contact us in Colorado Springs today!