Adapting to Progressive Lenses

Congratulations on the purchase of your new progressive lenses! Progressive lenses are absolutely the best choice for maintaining perfect vision at all distances. Sometimes, however, a little training is necessary for people to get used to wearing them.

How Progressives Work:

Instead of having just two or three lens powers like bifocals or trifocals, progressive lenses are true multifocal lenses that provide a seamless progression of many lens powers for all viewing distances.

A “corridor" of optimum lens power runs vertically down each progressive lens. We have taken careful measurements of your eyes and glasses frame to ensure this corridor is in just the right location so that your eyes can naturally access the various powers within the lens. This design allows you to look up to see clearly across the room and in the distance. You also can look ahead to view your computer in the intermediate zone and drop your gaze downward to read and do fine work through the near zone of the lenses.

If you glance to the very far right or left, you may notice your vision is slightly wavy. You will notice this wavy vision in your periphery at first when you move your head side to side, but after a short time you will not be aware of it.

All of this is completely natural, and will diminish within a short period of time as you adapt to your new progressives.

Tips for Adapting to your lenses:

  • You should wear your new progressive lenses daily from the very beginning. Avoid switched back and forth between the new and old glasses!
  • If you experience any peripheral blur, you can usually eliminate the problem by making slight head movements to look more directly at objects – point your nose at what you want to look at.
  • The reading area (also called the “add”) gives you sharp vision only at a specific distance from your eyes. You may have to move an object closer or further from yourself to see it clearly through the add. If you are struggling to find the reading zone, re-orient yourself by looking straight ahead then look down to read again.
  • Take care when driving - do not use new progressives if you are not confident in the early days.

If you are having a slow time adjusting to your lenses, please come in to have them re-adjusted and checked. We are happy to modify the lens design to suit your needs. As with all of our prescription lenses, we have 90 days to make any changes to your lenses at no charge.

Enjoy your new glasses!