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Old 08-13-2011, 06:12 AM
Location: in my living room
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I got progressives a few years ago and couldn't stand them. I went back three days later and got regular bifocals. I think what bothered me the most about the progressive was that if I tried to look out the corner of my eyes, I couldn't see. I got tired of having to turn my whole head just to see clearly. To each his/her own I guess.
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Old 01-24-2012, 01:47 PM
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I went back to eyemasters and had mine adjusted twice, then had them redo the lenses, then I went to the optical shop next to my doctors office, they adjusted them properly and they were great. If they are making you miserable it may simply be because they are not adjusted correctly.
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Old 01-25-2012, 09:49 PM
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Some of us just can't get used to the progressives. One optometrist told me that it's usually more difficult for older folks to get to used to them (how old is old?). Anyhow, I was wearing them when backing up in a parking garage--the view through my glasses was so distorted I backed into metal pole, denting my bumper! That's all it took for me to give up on the progressives.
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Old 01-25-2012, 11:14 PM
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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I love my progressive lenses, but it did take some time to get used to them ahhaha, I have walked into doors, knocked over glasses on the table, tripped on stairs, felt like I was 3 feet tall . It was actually kind of fun, but I couldn't be happier with mine.. it took me about a week to really get used to them, maybe a week and a half, but they were also my first pair of glasses I've ever had.
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Old 01-25-2012, 11:50 PM
Location: Somewhere.
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I was told years ago that i needed bifocals. I tried them on in the Lens Crafters store and became really nauseated. I then told the eye doctor that and he said I was not a candidate for them. I much prefer my reading glasses when I need them. Never a problem with them unless I forget I have them on, then try to walk with them to another room. Not good.
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Old 04-16-2013, 11:34 AM
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I've had my progressives for 2 days and hate them. It seems like I am always looking through fog except if i'm looking directly at something. I'm having a hard time focusing with each head movement. Going up the stairs is fine but going down is another story. I will try them for another week and hope that it gets better.
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Old 04-16-2013, 09:02 PM
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People I know who wear them, and what I've read, assure me I will. And granted, it's only been a few hours.

I'm glad I went with cheap frames and plastic lenses for my first pair to save money! It's my first-ever pair of prescription glasses although I've been wearing drug store readers for about seven years. I have to say, when I find the "sweet spot" I can see things better than I've been able to in years. But I can't walk in them because it's too disorienting, and since I sat down at my computer I haven't been able to find the "sweet spot" to see the screen clearly. I'm heeding the optometrist's advice: turn my head instead of my eyes, point my nose at whatever I want to focus on, etc.

I shall persevere, but does anyone simply never get used to these things? How long should I give it before I go back and ask them to change them, if I don't get used to this? Or am I just being a drama queen about it?

Ahhhhhh. I just put my Rite-Aid readers back on. Much better.
It will take you a lot longer than a few hours, but you will get used to them. It took me awhile. I have progressive trifocals and it took quite a long time to get used to moved my head up and down to see what I wanted to see clearly.
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Old 04-20-2013, 04:04 PM
Location: Syracuse IS Central New York.
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Apparently I was one of those rare people who adjusted to progressive lenses nearly instantly. I went from using drug store re.ading glasses to progressive bifocals. Adjustment was probably a couple of hours. There are still a couple of things that are difficult, mainly using an escalator. I usually just pop the glasses up on my head. But how often does one use the escalator anyway?

I've no problems whatsoever with them.
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Old 04-21-2013, 01:24 PM
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When I got my first pair last year, the optician warned me, and I quote: "You'll think you're in eyeglasses he!! for a week or so." I was actually pleased to discover that I got used to mine very quickly. Before I got them, I could see close up and see my computer fine without glasses, but had to put my glasses on for distance, and take them off to read labels in the grocery store. Now I can see close up, see the computer, and see far away just fine.

One tip she gave me was to look directly at what you're trying to see. The peripheral vision with progressives isn't as clear as with single-vision lenses, apparently.
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Old 04-21-2013, 01:56 PM
Location: SW France
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I got on with these lenses straight away.

For safety's sake I drove home wearing my old spectacles, but was happy with them from the word go.

I purposely chose frames which were taller than my thinnish previous pair so that the graduation was more gradual than it would have otherwise have been.

I also went for high quality lenses.

I wouldn't be without them and life is so much easier nowadays.
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