How to Adjust to Bifocal Glasses

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Whether you’re having difficulty getting used to your new bifocal glasses or have concerns about taking the leap, there are some simple ways you can make the transition a little smoother. It’s always difficult to adapt to something new, especially when that something affects your sight. But bifocal glasses can make your life a lot easier once you get over the initial hurdle.

If you’re in the market for a new pair of bifocal eyeglasses after a recent change in prescription, this website has hundreds of frames to choose from. Just because you’re deciding to go with bifocal lenses doesn’t mean you have to give up your favourite styles.

What Type of Discomfort is Normal?

You might be wondering if there’s something wrong with your new glasses or prescription if you’re feeling discomfort. It’s normal to have an adjustment period with any new pair of specs, but bifocals might take some extra time, or feel worse than normal. For the first couple of weeks, your vision might seem blurred while wearing your glasses and you could also get headaches, feel off-balance, or be nauseated.

Adjusting More Easily

So how can you power through the discomfort and make the most of your new glasses? Luckily, there’s not much to it.

Don’t Wear Your Old Glasses

This is a temptation felt by almost all new glasses wearers. With your old pair of specs lying in a drawer within easy reach, it’s only natural to want what once brought you comfort. But even swapping your glasses throughout the day can make progress go even slower, so it’s best to stick with your new pair. That is, after all, what you bought them for.

But don’t feel like you have to wear them all day. Take your glasses off from time to time to give your eyes a break. Slowly, you’ll be able to tolerate them for longer periods until they’re just as natural as your old pair.

Stop Moving Your Eyes Too Much

When getting used to your new lenses, you’ll probably start by moving your eyes from top to bottom depending on what you’re looking at. This can add extra strain, so when reading it’s best to move your piece of paper into your line of sight rather than your head or your eyes.

When you’re walking, it’s again better not to move your eyes too much. Turning your head towards the things you need to look at will give your eyes the rest they need.

Check the Positioning

If you really don’t seem to be getting used to your glasses, make sure they’re positioned correctly. This is especially important for bifocal lenses, as you need to be able to easily see between the upper and lower half. But glasses should never apply too much pressure to the side of your head or pinch the bridge of your nose. Improperly fitted glasses might be the cause of any headaches rather than your new bifocal lenses. 

You should get used to your new glasses in the first couple of weeks of use, but if your problems don’t improve, it’s always best to check with your optician.

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