It’s common for people’s eyesight to diminish as they age. This is due to the lens inside your eye becoming less flexible through the years. The condition is typically referred to as presbyopia. Unfortunately, it can’t be cured. But you can use corrective lenses in order to see clearly and continue doing the things that you normally do.
Transitioning to bifocal lenses, bifocal contacts or progressive lenses can be challenging, though, especially if you have had no experience wearing eyeglasses or contact lenses. In this article, Vienna Eyecare Center offers some tips on how you can adapt to bifocal or multifocal lenses with zero to minimal issues.
Ensure a Good Fit
Bifocal or progressive lenses should be customized in order to fit your face comfortably. If your bifocals have a poor fit, it would really be more difficult to get used to the lenses. You might even dislike how they feel and thus neglect to wear them. It can also be especially challenging if you need to use progressive lenses because this type of lens uses multiple powers of magnification in the same pair of glasses.
That said, make sure your optometrist is knowledgeable and experienced in fitting glasses. Generally, you should be able to see clearly during your fitting. If you still don’t have clear vision or you experience some discomfort, don’t hesitate to express your concerns so that they can adjust your lenses accordingly.
Wear Them All the Time
It would really help you adjust to wearing bifocals more quickly if you wear them continuously for longer periods. In other people’s experience, this has helped shorten their adjustment period to just one or two weeks. Of course, if you prefer to make the transition slowly, you are free to do so. This is usually how people with zero experience in wearing corrective lenses feel. So they only wear their bifocals or multifocal as needed. If you opt for this approach, make sure you have reasonable expectations about your adjustment as this could take you more time to adapt to your new lenses.
Try Bifocal Contacts Instead
If glasses are simply not your thing, you can opt for bifocal or multifocal contacts instead. Your doctor may suggest this option to you if you let them know about your personal preference. They will also guide you in choosing the type of contacts that is most appropriate to your needs.
Vienna Eyecare Center has been in the industry for decades, so you can count on us to provide you with exceptional eye care services. And with every eye doctor’s expertise in the field, you can have peace of mind that your needs will be well taken care of. Call us at (703) 938-7633 or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment. We serve customers in Vienna, Reston and McLean, VA.