You have just acquired your new pair of progressive eyeglasses, you try them immediately upon going home. You look around, amazed by the freedom and visual clarity obtained from its multi focal lenses. Suddenly, as you glance to your left and right, you experience blurriness and a sensation of “swim”. What is going on? Read on to get some answers.
To be blunt, all it takes to adapt is spending some time getting used to your new pair. But to help you achieve this much faster, here are a few quick tips:
Wear them as often as you can . The best part of the day to test your new pair is in the morning. The reason behind this is that if you immediately try on your new prescription, (eg, afternoon upon receiving it) your eyes will fight against the change in vision because your eyes are already in high gear. If you have just woke up your eyes will be fresh and will be much more tolerant of visual changes. Properly wear them by placing it on the perfect spot on the bridge of your nose to ensure maximum coverage area from the lens. By doing this, your vision could begin adjusting itself to the new lenses, resulting to being more comfortable to it a whole lot faster.
Test each area of the Lens . Progressive bi-focal lens for example has a small area on the bottom made for reading, immediately above it is the area with a wider corridor designed for mid-range vision, and finally the uppermost part is for distance vision. By knowing this, you will get a better feel of what area is suited for each use, and how to make them work in conjunction with one another.
Start doing some practice reading . Get some stuff to read, hold it up in a comfortable viewing distance that you are used to. The eyes will make use of the bottom part (reading area) lens as you start off with the first few words. As you will notice, the lower part of the lens is a bit small so moving your head slightly to maximize viewing capacity will be a good idea.
Keep on doing test readings, to get the best visual acuity from each area. For the middle part of the lens (mid-range vision), hold your reading material at arm's length, and find the distance that gives you the clearest and most comfortable vision.
View distant subjects . Start by looking straight ahead at a distance. Find a subject far away and try to focus on it as much as you can. By doing this you can gauge the accuracy of the prescription for the upper part of the lens. If you can see a distant object clearly, then it's all good.
Perform daily functions using your new eyeglasses. Start by carefully walking around while wearing them, staring straight ahead and making sure that vision is clear. Move your eyes slowly to the side edges and you will notice that some blurriness will be apparent. Now try walking while moving your eyes to the different areas of the lens (mid and bottom), and you will see that some blurriness will be present too because of the different lens powers. The most important thing to note here is training your eyes to find the best part or area in viewing a particular distance is the key to getting used to the new prescription faster. It will be a bit difficult at first, but everything would be OK in due time.