A Beginner’s Guide to Progressive Glasses:

Tips for Your First Progressive Glasses

So, You have entered the world of progressive lenses – congratulations! Switching to multifocal lenses may feel like a big change in how you see, but you’re not alone. Don’t worry about adjusting to this new way of seeing.

Many people go through the same process. Whether you’re a seasoned glasses wearer or a newcomer to the world of corrective lenses, below is a guide to help you navigate your way through your first experience with progressive lenses.

What are progressive lenses?

These lenses have 3 different powers in one to correct distance, intermediate, and near vision. These lenses are versatile and convenient for daily tasks, eliminating the need to switch between different pairs of glasses. Our opticians train in fitting personalized progressive lenses to make your experience easier.

This personalized approach has many benefits that may not be obvious until you try it yourself. It ensures clear vision and comfort in all situations. For example, consider the difference between bifocal and progressive lenses.

Progressive Lenses vs Bifocals

Bifocals improve vision for objects at a distance and nearby, but not for objects in between. For example, they may not be helpful for viewing a car dashboard or a computer screen. For some people, aesthetics are important. Progressive lenses offer a smooth transition between distance and near prescriptions, unlike bifocals which have a visible line.

Tips for your first pair of Progressive Glasses

Man looking at glassesEmbrace the Learning Curve

First things first, adapting to progressive lenses can take some time and everyone’s experience will be a little bit different. Like breaking in new shoes, they may feel odd at first, but with time and effort, you’ll get comfortable.

Take it Slow

People don’t adapt to progressive lenses overnight, just like people didn’t build Rome in a day. Start by wearing them at the start of your day – not the moment you pick them up. Our eyes are much more tolerant of change in the mornings compared to a Friday at 4:00pm! Don’t feel discouraged if you find things a little disorienting at first – your eyes need time to adapt to the change.

Understanding the Zones

Unlike traditional single-vision lenses, progressive lenses offer a seamless transition between different viewing distances – from up-close reading to intermediate computer work to distance vision. However, initially getting the hang of these zones can be somewhat challenging. Remember, the upper portion of the lens is for distance vision, the middle for intermediate, and the lower portion for up-close tasks. Practice moving your head rather than just your eyes to find the sweet spot for each task.

Communication is Key

Your optician is your best friend when it comes to navigating the world of progressive lenses. If you’re experiencing any discomfort or struggling with your vision, do not hesitate to reach out to us at SPEC. We can adjust your frames and lenses to help ease the adaptation period.

Patience Pays Off

As with any new skill, practice makes perfect. The more you wear your progressive lenses, the more natural it will feel. So, embrace the learning process, stay patient, and trust that your eyes and brain will adapt in due time.

Tips and Tricks

Here are a few additional pointers to help smooth the transition:

  • Stay Consistent: Wear your progressive lenses consistently to help your eyes adjust more quickly.
  • Practice Makes Perfect: Experiment with different head movements to find the best viewing angles for each task.
  • Invest in Quality Frames: Properly fitted frames can make all the difference in your comfort and vision.
  • Choose the Best Lens for you: We are here to help you find the best progressive lens for your eyes. We will ask questions about your lifestyle, environment, and hobbies to fit your lenses.

Transitioning to multifocal progressive lenses may have its challenges, but the rewards – clearer vision and enhanced comfort – far outweigh the temporary discomfort. So, embrace the journey, stay patient, and soon enough, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without your multifocal marvels. Welcome to a world of clearer vision!

Written by our Lens Expert, Sara Sara, Optician