Millions of people wear bifocal lenses successfully. Here are a few suggestions that will make your adjustment easier.

When you first put on your bifocals, you will be aware of some unusual sensations. You will see the “dividing line” in the lenses. Initially, people tend to think the line is too high. You may be aware of a blur in the lower part of your glasses as you walk and notice a “jumping” image as you look from one part of the lens to another. It may seem that the floor isn’t where it belongs. (Remember, one rarely looks at the floor while they walk.) Try to ignore these peculiar sensations. Your brain is remarkably adaptive. In time, it WILL get easier!

If you have never had a bifocal prescription before, you can adjust in small doses by wearing the bifocals when needed for close work. Gradually increase wearing time.

Keep in mind that the bifocal reading segment (also called the “add”) provides sharp vision at a specific distance from your eyes. The add may have been set for reading, sewing, reading music, etc. An object closer or farther away from the prescribed distance will be blurred. You may have to move something “into range” in order to bring it into sharp focus.

If you have to tilt your head back to see up close, the height of the frames may need adjustment. Having a difficult or lengthy period of adjustment to bifocals does not mean a mistake was made. Of course, errors can happen, but 99% of the time, it’s simply a matter of adapting to new glasses. If you have been diligent in wearing your glasses full time for a few weeks and are still having major difficulty, Dr. Snoeyink will be happy to see you for a consultation. Please call the office to schedule a brief appointment. This must be done within 60 days.