So you've been taking off your glasses to read for a few years. Maybe you even lost them a time or two, or the dog got a hold of them. Or maybe you're just plain tired of having to hang your "real" glasses on your head or put them in your shirt pocket just to read your favorite magazine.
It's okay; millions and millions of people go through exactly what you're experiencing. When you're ready to ditch the hassle and go to a multifocal lens, an optician will be there to help.
Whether you choose traditional bifocal glasses or decide to try no-line, progressive multifocal lenses, an optometrist will make sure you have the most accurate prescription possible. Then, your optician will help you pick out the correct frame and ensure your lenses are in the perfect position so you can read without any hassle.
It will probably take a little time to get used to your new lenses. Some people adjust almost immediately, while others can take a few days or even a few weeks. There is a chance you'll have to go back to your optician to have your glasses adjusted.
In order to help you become acclimated to your new lenses, here are a few tips:
You'll adjust quicker if you wear your glasses as much as possible. Wear them all the time for at least a week or two - even when you don't need them.
Remember to keep your head still as you read. Move your magazine or newspaper instead, and keep your head as stationary as possible.
If you're reading a book, rest it against your stomach or chest. Don't lower your head to read; instead, lower just your eyes. That will ensure you are reading with the lower portion of your lens - the area where your close-up viewing prescription is located.
When you walk, try to avoid looking at your feet. The bottom of your lenses will be for "up close" viewing, not distance viewing. Looking down as you walk could be disorienting until you're 100 percent used to your new lenses.
If you're still having a hard time after a couple of weeks, don't ever hesitate to go back to your optician or your optometrist. They will be more than happy to help in whatever way you need.