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Do you have any advice to help get used to no-line bifocals?

Asked by SuperMouse (30809points) February 18th, 2012

It has happened, I finally have to make the switch to bifocal lenses. I just ordered my first pair of no-line bifocals and the optician freaked me out a bit. He was explaining that it could take up to a month to get used to them. He went on to say that some people never get used them! Those of you who wear them, was it hard to get used to no-line bifocals? How long did it take you to get used to them? Do you have any tips to make it easier?

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rooeytoo's avatar

To me they represent the price of vanity!!! I hate them because it seems as if there is so much space in the middle that is neither near or far, just kind of drugged out. But you will soon learn without thinking to hold your head at unnatural angles in order to facilitate usage of the top or the bottom, heheheh!

flutherother's avatar

I wear bifocals and my optician said the same thing to me. I have never had a problem wearing them and mostly I forget they are bifocals.

wundayatta's avatar

It took me half a second to get used to progressives. It’s not a big deal if you are a flexible person. If you are very strict, mentally, about how things have to be, then it could be a problem.

marinelife's avatar

Time. Your brain will adjust in a few days. Be careful going down stops until then.

Kayak8's avatar

I had mine fitted by a top notch optician who made sure the middle of my pupil was lining up correctly on the lenses and it took no adjustment whatsoever. I think the bifocals with the lines are much harder to transition to . . .

john65pennington's avatar

My one and only pair made me extremely dizzy. I never did get use to them. I now have the line bifocals and they are working out great. No dizziness.

filmfann's avatar

I wear progressives. It didn’t take long to get used to them, but I have gotten a few pairs where the progression starts much too high in the lens. Don’t be afraid to ask for that to be lowered.

Bellatrix's avatar

I wore them for a little while (then I had eye surgery and didn’t need them). I didn’t have any problem adjusting to them.

2davidc8's avatar

No trouble at all. It doesn’t seem like I’m wearing progressives at all. In fact, I liked them so much that I had ski sunglasses made like this. My optician was a bit uncertain at first, thinking they might be unsafe for skiing, but I insisted. They worked out great!

zenvelo's avatar

I liked them right away, as I didn’t need to take my glasses off to eat a meal anymore.

marinelife's avatar

@SuperMouse Sorry, I meant steps not stops.

wilma's avatar

I have the regular kind with the line.
I did try the no line kind for a short time, but had to have the glasses changed for another reason and asked to go to the line kind when the change was made. The no line was a bit harder to adjust to, although I think they would have worked for me eventually. I am satisfied with the line kind, everyone knows that a woman of my age is probably wearing them anyway.
The going down steps was the hardest part, be careful!

One night I was exiting a movie theater. My friends and I were the last to leave as we had waited to watch the credits. I was the last out of the row and carefully making my way down the steps to the front of the theater. There was no handrail and the steps were wide and the carpet had a loud pattern and I was having a lot of trouble determining where the step was with my bifocals. There was a crew of four of five younger people, probably college age, waiting for us to exit so that they could clean the theater before the next movie.
I (too) loudly exclaimed “Crappy bifocals I can’t find the damn steps.”
The crew started giggling, and I heard one gal say, “that just made my day!” She then said to me as I passed her, “can I be you when I grow up?”

WhiteWingDove's avatar

@Kayak8 I totally agree with you about a topnotch fitting for pupil placement. I have been wearing progressives with 3 prescriptions (top is for distance, middle is very slight correction for close/computer and bottom for reading). I also have a very small face, so large frames make me look ridiculous! And to top it off, I can get motion-sick super easy.

I have now had had 2 sets of progressives with 3 distances and killer designer frames (read small glass lens). I will say my employer has a great vision plan so I can go to an independent Optometrist. The Optometry Assistant is great at telling me which frames are too small for the ‘tri-vocal’ and she is really dialed in with precision pupil placement. (They have you put a pair of frames with clear glass (in my case, kid size frames), with you looking straight ahead they mark where the center of your pupil is on the outside. Sometimes this takes several attempts.)

I have to say, with my first pair, it took about 20 minutes for my eyes and neck to ‘learn’ to subtly shift so my eyes were looking through the appropriate level, but by the evening I totally forgot at the conscious level that I had 3 different prescriptions.

I can also tell you that on occasion (activity;ziplining, etc) where I don’t want to risk my newest glasses) I have resorted to an older pair of glasses that either had only 2 prescriptions or even single prescription). For the first 10 minutes, I start to get a a little ‘green’ (nauseous). But then my eyes train themselves again.

So I attribute success with ‘progressives’ to 2 things – top notch fitting and your body’s ability to learn/adjust. Best of luck to you!

redhen4's avatar

I agree with @marinelife , it takes a bit to get used to walking (depth perception) but it almost always did with new glasses.

I did not take me long to get used to progressives (tri-focals). I know when it is time to change when I have to tilt my head way back in order to read small print!

FRAMES: This last pair I got I’m not used to yet (since last May), but nothing to do with the progressive lenses. I got the “frameless” ones with an open weave and the glasses are attached to the lenses in several spots of plastic. Drives me nuts cause I see it all the time, out of the corner of my eye, front, everywhere. I only say this as a precaution.

And @Kayak8 is right, if they line you up correctly, no problem. I bumped my frames and had to go back to get re-adjusted to line up again. It does take time, maybe a week or two to adjust to seeing three ways. Lines I would think would be difficult, like the spots on my glasses where they attach to the frame.

GracieT's avatar

My Opthamologist in our last home said never get no-line bifocals. I forget why he said that, but when my husband and I moved several years ago my Opthamologist here didn’t even ask, just didn’t put them in my lenses. I only realized that I hadn’t said anything after I saw that I didn’t have lines. They really haven’t been a problem, but then again it only took a few weeks to get used to bifocals in the first place.

sebb's avatar

I am now on my second pair of progressive lenses. They do take some time to get used to but i don’t think it would take a month. The way the lens is ground it has a portion in the middle for distance viewing and as it goes to the bottom of the lens it becomes multi focal so you can see at all distances. To make them work you move your eyes,not your head, because you want to see what your looking at and if you move your head you won’t be looking through the proper part of the lens. You will get used to them but you have to be patient.

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