Today I’m sharing with all of you my initial experience with something many of us will go deal with as we get older . . . adjusting to progressive lenses.
- The background: I have worn glasses for nearsightedness since I was in my late 20s. My prescription isn’t very strong and hasn’t really changed much in 30 years, but I always wear my glasses for driving, going to the movies (not that I’ve been to the movies in over two years) and attending live performances. I rarely wear my glasses at home or at work. However, I recently realized that I’ve been squinting at my computer screen for the last little while. I can still read (just about) everything on the monitor but it’s not as sharp as it used to be. I called to set up an appointment with my ophthalmologist and got a date for the end of . . . wait for it . . . November. I decided that was unacceptable so last week I made an appointment with a local optometrist associated with LensCrafters.
- The verdict: The exam was very thorough and everyone was super nice. The nearsightedness in my right eye has actually improved and I have 20/20 vision in that eye. My left eye, however, has astigmatism and is still mildly nearsighted. And due to my age, I now have presbyopia. I’m ahead of the curve by not experiencing this until the age of 56 but . . . here we are. My initial thought was to just get 2 pairs of glasses, one for distance and one for close work. The nice lady at LensCrafters, though, suggested I try progressive lenses. I shared my concerns about adjusting to them and she assured me it would be easy and I’d be used to them in 3 days or less. I picked them up on Tuesday after work.
- The results: I’m one day in and, frankly, I don’t love them. The distance is fine, the close up is pretty good but it’s hard to find the sweet spot, and the midline (which is what I need for computer work) is not good at all. I’ve tried lowering my monitors and that helped some but yesterday I wound up not really wearing them at work at all. It’s nice when driving because I can both see the road and the dashboard (with my old glasses anything up close was blurry) but walking around and turning my head is very odd as everything sort of . . . undulates. I think my experience is pretty typical but I’m not 100% convinced that it’s just a matter of adjusting to them and I can’t help but wonder if they just aren’t right for my particular situation. Time will tell, I guess.
And that’s my initial experience with progressive lenses. If you’ve been down this road I would welcome any advice you have. In the meantime, I’ll be over here, tilting my head up and down and trying to find the focal point.
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