Tips For Adjusting To Your New Bifocals

Bifocals are lenses that have two different types of vision correction. While bifocals are very effective at what they do, some people find it difficult to adjust to the division between the two different types of lenses. The following tips will help you adjust to your new bifocals.

Practice Reading

Many people instinctively tilt their head downward to read. People who wear bifocals point their face straight ahead to read and use their eyes to look down at the page. In the first several days as you adjust to your bifocals, you'll find yourself fighting the urge to point your face down at the page. To speed the transition process, spend 5 minutes each day putting reading material in front of your face. Move a page into your line of sign, then adjust your eyes to read the words while keeping your face pointing straight ahead. If necessary, adjust the distance at which you hold the page. During your 5 minutes of daily practice of additional reading, spend time moving the reading material in front of you until you've found the perfect place in front of your face to hold your reading material.

Wear Your Bifocals All The Time

Some people try to adjust to their bifocals by wearing them for short periods of time throughout the day, or by switching between their new bifocals and their old standard lens glasses. While this method may eventually help you get used to looking out of your lenses, doing it this way draws out the adjustment process and can cultivate a bad habit of wearing your bifocals on a part-time basis. To shorten the transition period, put away your old glasses and force yourself to wear your new glasses full-time throughout the day.

Make Transportation Arrangements

If you have to drive regularly, either to get to work or to run errands, make arrangements to get a ride for the first few weeks when adjusting to your bifocal lenses. Driving with bifocals can be challenging or even dangerous until you've gotten used to looking through your lenses.

Plan to Get a Massage

Many people adjusting to life with bifocals are surprised by the way that they're required to look over or beneath their lenses to see objects that fall in the intermediate space between distance viewing and close-up viewing. You may find yourself holding your neck at odd angles just to see where you're walking, or to look at objects on the shelf at the grocery store. Your neck muscles will likely adapt over time, but until then, a therapeutic massage or visit with the chiropractor may increase your comfort level.