Tips That Can Help You Adapt To Bifocal Lenses

Posted on: 15 July 2016

If you've noticed changes in your vision to the extent that you're holding things at arm's length to read them and constantly removing your glasses to read things that are close to you, it may be time to get bifocal lenses. Your local optician will assess your eyes and have lenses made that will greatly improve your ability to see at a variety of distances. When you pick up your new glasses, you'll be impressed with your ability to see both far away and close up, but it can take a little time until you're used to this major change in your lenses. Here are some simple tips that you can employ to get acclimatized to your bifocals.

Practice Moving Your Eyes

When you wear bifocal lenses, you'll often find that you simply have to move your eyes — rather than your entire head — to look through the right part of your lenses. For example, if you're holding your smartphone in front of your chest to view an app, you might be in the habit of dropping your chin. This, however, can mean that you're looking through the upper part of your lenses, which is designed for using when you're looking far away. To look through the lower part of the lenses to see your smartphone screen in focus, you should practice lowering your eyes without adjusting the height of your head.

But Don't Be Afraid To Move Your Head

While you'll be able to subtly move your eyes to bring things into focus, you'll occasionally experience looking through your lenses right where the two parts of the lens meet. The result can be a bit of a blurry sensation, but you can easily avoid this issue by making a small adjustment to the angle of your head. This will allow you to be sure that you're looking through the right part of your lenses for the distance, and it will also bring things into clear focus.

Focus On What's Sharp

In some cases, you might be able to see a combination of sharp and blurry images. For example, if you're looking across the room, it should be sharp — but you might also be aware of a bit of blur elsewhere in your field of vision. Although this can initially seem distracting, keeping your focus on what is sharp will help you to quickly ignore the blurry areas in your line of sight. Eventually, you won't notice them at all and you'll feel fully comfortable wearing your bifocals.