Progressive Lenses

I just got my first pair of progressive lens eyeglasses. ARGH! It’s hard to get used to them! It’s this mix of “WOW, I can see close up!” and “AGHGHEHAH the world is spinning out of control! Make it stop!”

7 Comments

  1. Free says:

    I hope you’re able to get used to them soon! I hear it usually doesn’t take that long, but it is an adjustment.

  2. Lee says:

    Ugh, I’m having a hard time getting used to them! I’ll wear them for 20 minutes and rip them off in frustration. The close-up “in-focus” area is so freaking small! It’s like 1/3 of the width of any 8.5″x11″ paper I’m reading. I can’t wiggle my nose back and forth fast enough to read at a reasonable rate! And I can’t see well outside that area!
    Walking around with them makes me dizzy. I’m not sure if this is going to work out :-(

    And looking at a computer screen is weird and frustrating, tilting my head up and down, left and right to try to catch everything. And stuff wiggles and shifts under my gaze in a slightly disorienting way. Not luvin ’em. I might call the place I got them at and ask for some help.

  3. Lee says:

    On the subject of eyeglassess…

    I remember the very moment I put on my first pair of glasses. I was astounded! I was at an eye doctor across from the Willowbrook Mall in New Jersey. I looked out the front window and saw some green illuminated signage some 500 yards away with clarity and crispness like I couldn’t imagine!

    I realized just a day later that I could see other people’s expressions and eye movements from across the classroom. And they could see mine! I had not realized until then that people could see one another’s expressions so clearly! It was a life-changing, Eureka moment!

  4. Lee says:

    Stay aware of whether your loved ones need glasses!

    I vividly remember the very moment I put on corrective eyeglasses for the first time! I was astounded! I was at an eye doctor across from the Willowbrook Mall in New Jersey. I looked out the front window and saw some green illuminated signage some 500 yards away with clarity and crispness like I couldn’t imagine!

    I realized just a day later that I could see other people’s expressions and eye movements from across the classroom. And they could see mine! I had not realized until then that people could see one another’s expressions so clearly! It was a life-changing Eureka moment!

    I remember the moment when my I found out I needed glasses. . I remember my dad and I were near Max is Back on Rt 23. We were sitting in the car waiting at a car rental place or something On the other side of the gravel parking lot was a sign… and I couldn’t read it! D and I talked about the sign for a minute and he realized I probably needed glasses!

  5. Lee says:

    Yeah, I tried wearing my progressives again this morning and I am -not- happy with them.

    – The far-vision works pretty well from 18″ to infinity.
    – To get the far-vision working best, the frame needs to be bent, instead of – -, more like /\.
    – The middle vision spot (good from 2-5′ or so) is OK but it gets in the way of my far vision and only barely helps with my near vision..
    – The near vision focus spot is miniscule, when I look at the center of a page of text, I can see only the middle third of a line.
    – The lower left and lower right corners of my vision are -never- in focus

    My single-vision lenses work much better for nearly every purpose. I’ll visit my optometrist soon!

  6. Lee says:

    I went to the eye center today and they adjusted my glasses, putting the glass a little lower and closer to my face. It’s gone from “AGH!” to “I’m pretty sure I can get used to these.” We’ll see! I can still imagine wearing single vision glasses for general work and readers for close-up work.

  7. Lee says:

    TL;DR All the readers glasses help far less than my progressives or single vision glasses. I am committing myself to wearing them!

    I was working on a sewing project yesterday and was just fed up with how hard my progressives were to use. So I went to CVS despite our self-quarantine due to COVID. I was committed to getting good reading glasses! I was shocked to find out that all of the readers they had, from +1.0 to +3.5 offered far less visual acuity than my new progressives or new single-vision glasses! I went home determined to get used to my new glasses! I wore them all day yesterday, even while doing the sewing project, figuring out how to thread the sewing machine, everything. It was frustrating but I got through it. I’m going to keep at it!

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