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Progressive lenses are like advanced forms of bifocals for the modern age. Instead of two lenses clearly divided, you get three lenses seamlessly blended together. The top level is for seeing into the far distance, the middle level is for seeing objects in the middle distance (such as a computer screen), and the bottom part of the lens is for close-up objects, like books, menus or phones. 

Naturally, this type of lens creates a whole new experience for how you see everything around you, and they can take some getting used to. Here are a few tips for getting used to progressive lenses.

Getting Used to Progressive Lenses

Does this sound familiar? 

“I can’t tell where I should be looking.” 

“I have to move my head all around trying to find the right spot.” 

“My progressive lenses are giving me headaches!” 

If so, you aren’t the only one experiencing these obstacles. Here are a few tips for adjusting to your progressive lenses. 

7 Tips for Adjusting to Your Progressive Lenses 

Wear them daily. The more you wear them, the more used to them you will be. Try to avoid switching back and forth between your new progressive lenses and your old glasses 

  1. Wear them daily. The more you wear them, the more used to them you will be. Try to avoid switching back and forth between your new progressive lenses and your old glasses
  2. Point your nose at what you’re looking at. The sides of our lenses might appear wavy or distorted. This is totally normal, and a necessary side effect of progressive lenses. Put the object you’re wanting to focus on right in the middle of your vision. 
  3. Position your glasses correctly. Make sure they rest high up on the bridge of your nose. If you’re still having issues, take your glasses to your optician to find out if they need to be readjusted. 
  4. Keep your chin up. Having trouble focusing? Try moving your chin up and down while keeping your focus on the object. It takes some time to figure out what each part of the lens is best at focusing on. 
  5. Try different reading positions. When you’re holding a book, smartphone, or e-reader, experiment with moving the object closer to or further away from your face while keeping your head still. 
  6. Try keeping your eyes still. If you move your eyes around too much while wearing progressive lenses, you risk becoming disoriented. Instead, keep your eyes still. Move either your head or the object you’re looking at to get the proper focus. 
  7. Stay safe on the road. Until you have gotten used to progressive lenses, don’t drive with them! Switch to your old glasses if you need to, and wear your progressives when you’re not behind the wheel. 

Still not working? 

If so, you may need additional lenses or add-ons to help you with additional tasks. For example, computer glasses, or glasses with anti-reflective coating, can help if you spend a lot of time looking at the computer or other digital screen. And for you bookworms out there, it might help to have some standard reading glasses if you’ve got a marathon reading session coming up. You can find plenty of progressive lenses online at FramesDirect.com.

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