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How to Use Progressive Lenses


How to Use Progressive LensesAs people age, their eyesight begins to change. You may notice that words on a page are looking a little smaller or blurrier than they used to. Progressive lenses are similar to bifocals in that they have two separate sets of glass in one pair of glasses, However, they have three separate sections that the wearer can use for clearer vision. Learn more about why they’re useful, and how you can get the most from them.

Why Progressive Lenses

Progressive lenses are becoming more popular because they still manage to make the wearer look good. There’s no line to divide them, so people just assume you’re wearing regular glasses. They also do a better job of naturally correcting your eyes to looking at different-sized objects. Progressive lenses magnify what you’re looking at automatically in three stages — far-range, mid-range, and near-range objects. You only need one set of glasses, not two, to see perfectly.

How to Use Them

Because there’s no line to separate the three stages, it may be difficult for people to adjust to wearing these special lenses. This is especially true if the wearer isn’t used to wearing glasses of any kind, let alone those that come with instructions on how to wear them. Even though the technology is as modern as it can get, it will still take some time and practice before you’re truly comfortable.

Follow these tips to get there:

The Top

There is no prescription at the top of your lenses. Those who need these glasses already have the far-sightedness they need to be able to see into the distance. The upper part of the glass lens is entirely clear, so get used to averting your eye up for the majority of the time you’re wearing them.

The Middle

As you sink your eyesight lower, you’ll notice that objects become magnified. The middle is generally used to view anything between 3-20 feet away. Typically, people will use this part of the lens most often to look at a computer. It used to be the smallest part of the lenses, but the rise of computer usage has given the intermediate part of the progressive lenses more space.

The Bottom

This is what you’ll want to use for any objects at close range. You may first notice that objects seem as though they’re actually moving a little if you quickly move your head. It takes practice and a little dedication to get rid of this disconcerting feeling. First, concentrate on angling your nose in the direction you want to read. Then move the book or paper out to arm’s length, and move your head slowly in a vertical direction. Finally, move the page to the right or left without moving your head. Practice again by pointing your nose to the page until your focus comes back.

If you live in the Bellevue area and still have questions, call Advanced Eyecare Solutions to find out more about how to get comfortable in your new glasses.