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Tips for Adjusting to Your New Bifocals

Friday, July 15th, 2022, 7:37 am

Pretty red-haired girl with pigtail, wearing glasses and orange sweatshirt, laughingThere are many changes to adjust to as we get older – and for most of us, that includes changes to vision. You may have trouble seeing far away – but you also may have trouble seeing up close. The good news is that there is help available from your eye doctor. There are different solutions to this problem, but bifocals may be the most common.

Getting used to your bifocals

Bifocals help us to see far away (the top half of the lens) but also to see up close when we need to (the bottom half of the lens). You can even get trifocal lenses, which also have a spot in the middle to correct “intermediate vision,” or progressive lenses, which have a more gradual change from the top to the bottom of the lens, unlike bifocals, which often have a visible line separating the two.

If you have recently been prescribed bifocals, you may be having a hard time adjusting to them. It can take up to 2 weeks to really adjust – if it takes longer than that, you may need to see your eye doctor to make sure that you have the right fit.

When getting used to your new bifocals, you might have to “retrain” your eyes where to look. For instance, looking down at the ground when going up steps won’t help you anymore, because the lower part of your new glasses is meant to help you see things up close. You will probably also need to adjust how you hold reading material so that you can see it just right.

You may feel uncomfortable in your new bifocal glasses – you may even feel nauseous or dizzy when wearing them. It is important, though, to keep wearing your glasses all the time, even if they are difficult to adjust to, so that you can get used to them and finally enjoy being able to see up close and far away again. If you think it may be time for bifocals, call Marion Eye Center and Optical. Contact the office in Illinois (800-344-7058) or the office in Missouri (877-269-4545) for an appointment today!

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