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Getting Used to Progressive Lenses - Doig Optometry - Calgary Optometrists
Most patients who have one eyeglass prescription for distance vision and a different prescription for reading would prefer not to have two separate pairs of glasses. For these patients, progressive lenses can be positively life-changing by providing both prescriptions in one pair of glasses. Since we generally look up when we look far, and since we almost always look down when we look near, progressive lenses put the distance prescription in the upper part of the glasses and the reading prescription in the lower part of the glasses. This can take a little getting used to, and you may have to change your posture in small ways to adjust.

Point Your Nose

Occasionally, you will have to see something in life that’s in a position different from the best part of your progressive lens prescription. The simplest way to put the best part of your progressive lens prescription in the right place is to point your nose at what you want to see, then tip your head up or down slowly until it becomes sharp and clear.  You will find that for driving or seeing a sign at a distance there is no need to tilt your head for your progressive lenses to work. Simply look straight ahead through the top portion of your glasses.

Slowly Lower Your Gaze

Just below this distance vision portion is the field of vision meant for intermediate work. This is for looking at anything an arm’s length away from you, like a dashboard, a desktop computer, other items on a desk, or chopping vegetables on a cutting board. The trick is to not tilt your head down like you may have done previously. Keeping your head parallel to the floor, slowly lower your gaze down to see clearest through the middle part of your lens. Point your nose and tip your head slightly and slowly if you need to. You’ll find that the middle part of your progressive lens focusses differently to accommodate for objects at an arm’s length.

Closest is Lowest

The lowest portion of your progressive lenses is to be used for close-up activities like texting, crafting, or reading. In the same way that you kept your head parallel to the ground when peering through the middle of your frames, try to do the same when examining close up objects. Don’t tilt your head up, just hold your book, crafts, or cell phone down in front of you, and gaze through the lower portion with your head level to the ground. The doctors at Doig Optometry design your progressive lenses scientifically to match the natural angle at which your eyes are gazing downward.  Remember to point your nose if you need to, and tilt your head slightly and slowly.  This will ensure that your near vision is completely comfortable.  

If you are adhering to these micro-adjustments and you are still struggling to make your progressive lenses work for you, visit Doig Optometry for another assessment. We want you to enjoy the progressive lifestyle to its fullest! Contact us at (403) 333-3353.