Adapting To Progressive Glasses


 Progressive lenses actually have three different focal distances all in one pair of eyeglasses.  Progressive lenses address near, intermediate and distance vision—without a visible, defined line in the lenses.  Using progressive lenses sometimes takes a bit of adjustment if you are new to them. These lenses are not like single lenses or bi-focal lenses.

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  1. Turning Your Head, Not Your Eyes

The main difference between natural sight and seeing through progressive lenses is that you will need to turn your head to focus on an object instead of moving your eyes from side to side.

The corrective portion of your new glasses is in the middle of the lenses and trying to look through the outer portion of the lenses will appear fuzzy and out-of-focus. Therefore, you must look through the middle of the lenses and turn your head to look at objects that are not directly in front of you.


  1. Move Your Head Vertically

Once you have turned your head to view an object straight on, you must then move your head up and down to bring the object into focus. This allows you to locate the one of three distances in your progressive prescription which will work the best and produce the sharpest image for you.


There are many measurements that need to be done specifically for your eyes and the frame you choose. When everything is properly set up, a simple small moving your head will provide you with the vision you need at all distances.

Learning to focus will take some time and practice until it becomes second nature to you. It’s a lot like when you first get a car and it’s raining and you try to find where the controls for the lights and wipers are among all the other knobs. After a short time, you learn them so well that you can carry on a conversation with your passenger and use all the controls like it’s on automatic.

  1. Wear Your Glasses High

To give your eyes the greatest amount of corrective lenses surface to view through, it is important to wear progressive lenses high up on the bridge of your nose and as close to your face as possible.

This is exactly where your eye doctor should have measured and fitted your glasses for the best correction to your vision. Do not allow the glasses to shift or move on your nose, as this will prevent you from being able to gain focus. If your glasses are moving or shifting, bring them back for a fitting adjustment.

  1. Stop or Minimize Wearing Your Old Glasses

A person’s sight is a combination of the eyes and the brain working together to focus on objects at different distances. However, with progressive lenses you will have to retrain your brain and eyes to work together through the prescription of your new lenses. Minimize switching back and forth between your old and new glasses as you may disturb the retraining process. Retraining your eyes and brain to work with the new glasses may take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. Please contact our office if you have any difficulties or questions.

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