Tips For Adjusting to Bifocal or Varifocal Lenses

Bifocal and varifocal lenses are a popular choice for individuals suffering from blurry vision. At certain ages (ahem!!) this will certainly happen to most of us! These types of lens provide clear vision at different distances, allowing users to see both objects near and far without having to switch between multiple glasses. However, adjusting to bifocal or varifocal lenses can take time. In this article, we will provide you with some useful tips for adjusting to bifocal or varifocal lenses.

Bifocal and varifocal lenses are designed with multiple optical powers to correct both near and distant vision. Bifocal lenses have two distinct powers divided into two parts. One power is near and one far. The top part of the lens is for distance and the bottom is for near vision. Varifocals, also known as progressive lenses, have a more complex design than bifocals. They have three optical powers arranged in a gradient. Similarly to bifocal, the top of the lens is for viewing objects at a distance and the bottom is for near. The difference is the intermediate power positioned between them allowing for comfortable viewing at a variety of positions.

Tips For Adjusting to Bifocal or Varifocal Lenses

Expectations and patience

Before we get into any tips for adjusting to bifocal or varifocal lenses, it is important we set some realistic expectations. It is incredibly common for people to experience some discomfort or difficulty when initially transitioning. Patience is essential during the adjustment period, as it can take a few days or even a couple of weeks to fully adapt.

Stick with it

The first tip we have to offer is to stick with it! As with any change, adjusting to bifocal and varifocal lenses takes time for your brain to become accustomed to the new visual experience. It is common for people to feel slightly disorientated or have difficulty finding the right focus at the start. You must not let that discourage you. Thankfully, our brains are incredibly plastic, meaning it is excellent at adapting to change. Remember, you are learning a new way of seeing and this could take time.

During the adjustment period, it is essential you don’t give up! It is always a tempting option to switch back to your old glasses or avoid your new lenses altogether. However, doing so will only extend the time it takes. We guarantee that over time things will become clearer and more comfortable.

Wear them as much as possible

Another tip for adjusting to bifocal or varifocal lenses would be to wear them as much as possible. The more you wear your lenses, the faster your eyes will adapt to them. By wearing your new glasses consistently you can learn the correct head and eye positioning to see clearly at different distances. Your eyes will quickly become familiar with the lens and will allow your brain to learn. So, embrace the process and wear your lenses as much as possible to experience the full benefits of improved vision at different distances.

Head positioning

To utilise the different zone of your bifocal or varifocal lenses, it’s important you adjust your head position as opposed to your eyes. For objects in the distance, keep your head level and eyes straight forward. However, for close-up tasks such as reading or writing, lower your chin slightly and look through the dedicated reading zone of eyeglass lenses. Correcting your head position will optimise your vision and minimise distortion.

Maintaining regular eye exams

Just because your blurred vision has been fixed by your new glasses, doesn’t mean you can stop visiting your opticians. Regular eye exams are crucial for maintaining good eye health and ensuring optimal vision. Scheduled regular appointments with your optometrists to monitor any changes in your prescription and address any concerns you might have.

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