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Do any of you wear glasses with progressive lenses? How long did it take you to get used to them?

Asked by lillycoyote (24647 points ) August 28th, 2014

I just got my first pair today and the areas that are in focus are smaller than I expected and I was thinking the issue would be in the top, middle and bottom of the glasses but the areas that are in focus are also narrower than I expected.

I was told the glasses may need to be adjusted. I guess I’ll see if that helps.

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zenvelo's avatar

I adjusted to mine within a day. I’d not had the ability to look at close object without taking my lenses for near sightedness off, so once I had the progressives I felt right at home.

I hope the adjustment works for you.

2davidc8's avatar

No time at all. I love progressives. No bifocal line, and I can have all 3 ranges in one: distant, mid-range and close up. Once, I did have to go back to the optician for an adjustment. There are certain things they can twist and move around if you tell them precisely what your complaint is.
However, when my wife got her first pair, she just couldn’t get adjusted to them. She tried for several days, no, more like 2 weeks. I was surprised, since it took me no time at all. So we took them back. Turns out, they were made incorrectly. It took her just a few hours to get adjusted to her new pair. This was several years ago. Now we always get progressives, and we love them.

lillycoyote's avatar

Thanks. My problem now is the width of the focal area; close up it bothers me the most. I would kind of like my entire computer screen to be in focus, it’s only 13.5” and the entire width of the text on the page of a book to be in focus. With something at a distance I can sort of pan and scan but at distance that doesn’t work as well. Is that normal? Just the way progressives work?

ZEPHYRA's avatar

Took my dad a couple of days. He felt very uncomfortable at first!

RocketGuy's avatar

I got used to mine pretty quickly, but the area that allows me to see the computer clearly requires me to tip my head up. That caused me major neck problems. I got single focus glasses for computer use, but they arrived after I needed an epidural steroid injection in my neck. All is well now.

lillycoyote's avatar

@RocketGuy Wow, thanks for the heads up, so to speak. :-) I will try to find a solution that doesn’t involve injuring myself. Single focus glasses sound like a possibility but I need a completely different prescription for my right and left eye; though I could get a prescription just for the computer, to correct both eyes for that distance. I will talk to the doc about that possibility.

BeenThereSaidThat's avatar

I have been wearing Progressives for years and I love them. They take time to get used to, it took me a couple of weeks until I finally got the hang of them. You have to learn to adjust your eyes to different levels when doing different things. You have to be careful when walking down stairs because until you get use to them you could stumble on stairs.

If the glasses were made to your doctors prescription you should not have a problem. Progressives take getting use to but when you do you’ll never go back.

My husband got a pair of progressives a couple of years ago. after a week he threw in the towel and gave up. what a wimp!!

good luck.

Pachy's avatar

I do, and it took me a very short while to adjust. My biggest challenges were going down stairs, driving at night and, working on the computer. And yes, several adjustments may be necessary before you find the optimal one.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

No, but wear tri-focals.

2davidc8's avatar

@lillycoyote @RocketGuy Yes, I know what you mean by having to tilt your head up. It wasn’t a major problem for me, but now I do ask the optician for the lenses to start “progressing” (in other words, where the old bifocal line would have been) a few mm above where they typically would otherwise place it by default. And that has worked beautifully.
@lillycoyote Usually, any issues would be with up-and-down focus, not widthwise. If you’re not seeing the entire width in focus, I would take the lenses back and first have them check to see if they were made correctly. If yes, then I would ask for a retest of your eyes. Something’s not right, IMHO.

janbb's avatar

I’ve been wearing them for years and love them too. Sometimes I do have to tilt my haead back a bit to read the computer screen. When the prescription and adjustments are correct, it does not take me long to get used to a new pair. If you are unhappy after a day or so, go back in and see if they are correct. It’s possible you may need a bigger frame with a larger area for each.

lillycoyote's avatar

Thank you all for your answers. It’s exactly the kind of stuff I wanted to know. I’m glad to know that there is a variation between wearers as to how long it takes to get used to them so I know not to give up if I haven’t quite gotten the hang of them after a day or two; it could take longer. And to have some other people’s experiences to compare mine to so I can tell if they’re just not for me or if there’s actually something wrong them and I think there may be as @zenvelo mentions. I don’t think I should have a problem with left to right, etc. When I’m reading, an entire line of text should be in focus. I feel like I should be able to scan a line of text by moving my eyes and not have to actually move my head from left to right and back again to read. I will talk to the doc about it.

osoraro's avatar

Give it a week. If it’s not better in a week, go back to the optician and have it adjusted. Generally, every time I get glasses, I have to have it sent back 2 or 3 times. It’s a pain in the ass, but once it’s right, it’s good.

cazzie's avatar

I just picked up my first pair last week. I used to be able to text when I was in bed, but now I can’t because I have to throw my head back so much it hurts my neck. I wish my close up section was a bit bigger. I’ve had a constant headache and tension in my shoulders since I’ve been wearing them. Can’t say I’m a fan yet. And i made the HUGE mistake of having progressive lenses put in my sun glasses. I should have just had my nearsighted prescription in them. I can’t bloody walk in them. Stupid.

dabbler's avatar

My wife has progressives for general purpose but because the focal band is too narrow – or is in a spot that she has to wag her head up or down to make them work – she still also has other glasses for : working on the computer (desktop, big screen) and driving. For close range she’ll take her glasses off.

Bill1939's avatar

I have worn progressive lenses for years. However, even after several attempts by my optometrist to widen the reading area, I still have to tilt my head back to read a book or magazine. I had a pair of glasses made without distant viewing that were supposed to provide me with good reading and monitor viewing. However, they were not satisfactory and I quit trying to use them. Still, I would never go back to the trifocals I wore before having progressive glasses.

Linda_Owl's avatar

I wear progressive glasses & it took several days to get adjusted…. and now I love them!

Dutchess_III's avatar

I tried them for a week. I did not like them. They replaced them with single vision lenses for free. I do kind of miss the bottom, that let me read stuff without taking my glasses off. It kind of magnified it. I just didn’t want to be one of those people that keeps adjusting of my head to see stuff, though.

sebb's avatar

My first pair of progressives took about a week to get used to, but my second pair only took a couple of hours to figure out where the sweet spot of the lens was. Your distance portion of the lens is much narrower than single vision lenses, but being able to see at all distances is worth it .

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