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August 1, 2018

Tips to Successfully wear Progressive Lenses

Congratulations! Now is an exciting time and you have made the rewarding decision to improve your vision with progressive lenses! For cosmetic reasons as well as a more natural correction of visual concerns, progressive lenses are a great alternative to bifocal or trifocal prescription glasses.

Like with any new lens, progressive lenses will take some adaptation to get used to. Follow these tips to have the most success with your progressive lenses:

  • First off, begin wearing the new lenses with a positive attitude. People who approach the lenses with an open mind generally have more success with them.
  • Progressive lenses are meant to be worn all day. So, though there may be some discomfort at first, stick with it – consistent wear will speed up the adjustment process. Wear them full-time for about two weeks after completely adjusting to them, you can wear them only as needed, if preferred.
  • Position glasses as close as possible to your face to widen your field of view. Your optician can help with
    this adjustment.
  • At your work station (i.e. computer desk), you may need to adjust the computer monitor slightly lower or desk height and your viewing distance so you are looking through the central zone.
  • Until your eyes have fully adjusted to the new lenses, be careful driving, going down stairs, and stepping
    off curbs.
  • Keep your old glasses close at hand in case of emergency until you’re comfortable with the new lenses.
  • Use your nose as a pointer rather than moving your eyes side to side.

What will I experience when getting used to wearing progressive lenses?

  • It is normal to feel some eyestrain or dizziness at first but if your eyes are very tired by the end of the day, start off wearing them for 2 hours the first day, 4 hours the next day, 6 hours the following day and so forth until you can adjust to using the lenses for the full day
  • There are some areas of soft blur at the edges of the lenses so more head movement will be required to look in the periphery to avoid the blur. (For example: You will need to turn your head not just your eyes when shoulder checking while driving)
  • Also, be careful walking down stairs. Look through the top part of the lens when looking down.
  • Remember that the distance prescription is at the top, the reading prescription at the bottom, and a gradual “intermediate” blending in between that is primarily used for computer work.

If you are still not completely comfortable with the progressive lenses after two or three weeks of fulltime wear, see our optician for further assistance.

If you are still not completely comfortable with the progressive lenses after two or three weeks of fulltime wear, call to see one of our Opticians for a troubleshoot at 587-353-5061 or email us at

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