Tips for Adjusting to Progressive Lenses

May 3, 2023 | Eye Health Info

adjusting to progressive lenses

As we age, our eyesight changes and we lose our ability to focus on objects up close. One solution is to switch to progressive lenses. Progressive lenses provide a gradual transition from distance vision to near vision, without the visible lines of bifocal or trifocal lenses. However, adjusting to progressive lenses can take some time, and it’s normal to experience some discomfort initially. In this blog, we’ll share some tips to help you adjust to progressive lenses.

Give yourself time to adapt

It can take a few days to a few weeks to adjust to progressive lenses. To get comfortable with your new progressive lenses, start by wearing them for short periods at first. As you get used to the lenses, gradually increase the amount of time you wear them each day. Don’t worry if things seem a little strange or blurry at first, as this is completely normal.

Move your head

When you first start wearing progressive lenses, it can be tempting to move your eyes to look at different distances, as you would with regular glasses. However, with progressive lenses, it’s best to keep looking straight ahead and move your head up and down to see things.

Be mindful of your posture

Proper posture is essential when wearing progressive lenses. Keep your head upright and avoid tilting it to look through different parts of the lens. This will help you avoid distortion and ensure that you’re looking through the correct part of the lens.

Use the right frame

The right frame can make all the difference when it comes to adjusting to progressive lenses. Make sure you choose a frame that fits well and sits properly on your face. A frame that’s too small or too large can cause issues with vision and comfort.

Practice focusing

Practice focusing on objects at different distances, both indoors and outdoors. This will help your eyes adjust to the varying distances provided by the progressive lenses.

Talk to your optometrist

If you’re still having trouble adjusting to progressive lenses after a few weeks, talk to your optometrist. They may be able to make some adjustments to the prescription or the fit of your glasses to help you see more clearly and comfortably.

Adjusting to progressive lenses can take some time, but with patience and these tips, you’ll be seeing clearly in no time. If you need to get progressive lenses fitted or need a refitting, contact us today to schedule an appointment!