Buying your first pair of Multifocal lenses will be a large adjustment, both for those who have worn glasses in the past and especially for those who are buying their first pair of glasses. Multifocal lenses are the perfect solution for those who have trouble seeing both near and far but until you learn the tricks of the trade your multifocal lenses might feel a bit disorienting, blurry and just plain un-helpful! Therefore we’ve consulted with the top optometrists in order to provide you with a few easy tips that’ll help you learn to adjust to your new lenses.
1. Throw Out Your Old Frames
You’re not doing yourself any favors by continuing to wear your old pair of single vision lenses while you’re experiencing difficulties with your new multifocal lenses. Switching back and forth between your single and multifocal lenses can delay the training process your brain is currently going through with your new lenses. Think about it this way, when you learn a new language it’s better to be immersed in the language, rather than only speak the language for a few hours weekly, similarly in wearing your new lenses your brain and eyes should be “fully immersed” in order for them to adjust easily.
2. Maximize Your Vision
One of the most important things to be sure of when wearing multifocal lenses is that you’re wearing them correctly. Most optometrists measure the fit of your frames to your face by pushing them high on the bridge of your nose and securing them tightly around the back of your ears, therefore you should be wearing your glasses at that same point in order to provide your eyes with an optimum range of vision.
3. Test Drive Your Lenses
Remember when you first got your drivers license and your parents would let you drive around in a large parking lot to get you used to driving in a safe environment? When it comes to wearing multifocal lenses for the first time we suggest you test them out in a safe and familiar area in order to prevent you from any potential accidents. Getting started is easy, just put your glasses on and walk straight ahead while keeping your eyes focused on the central portion of your lenses (if while focused on the central part of the frame you can see the line of vision you should speak to your optometrist) this portion of your lenses is ideal for regular distance vision. If you drop your eyes slightly to the bottom of your lenses you should be able to pick up a book and read with crystal clear vision.
4. Stay Connected
If you’re still experiencing difficulty seeing or navigating with your new lenses up to two weeks after purchasing them do not hesitate to call your optometrist you may be experiencing issues with fit or prescription.