Things Are Spinning: 5 Steps To Help Your Eyes Adjust To Your New Bifocals

As you age, your eyes do too. It's not uncommon to need bifocals to compensate for vision changes. Bifocals allow you to correct multiple vision problems with one pair of prescription lenses. If you've never worn bifocals before, you might have a hard time adjusting to them. In fact, bifocals can make you feel dizzy or nauseous while you adjust to them. Here are five simple steps you can take that will help you adjust to your new bifocals.

Let the Doctor Adjust Them

When you pick up your new bifocals, you should allow the doctor to adjust them for you. This is extremely important when it comes to wearing bifocals. Because your eyes will need to change focus between two different prescription strengths, it's important that the bifocal line sit at the proper level on your nose.  

Put Your Old Glasses Away

Once you have your new bifocals, you should put your old glasses away. Wearing your old glasses while you're trying to adjust to your bifocals, can make it difficult for your eyes to adjust to the change in your prescription. Not only that but switching between prescriptions can actually increase the time that it takes for your eyes to adjust to your new glasses.

Wear Them All Day

If your new bifocals make you feel dizzy or nauseous, you might be tempted to take them off. Unfortunately, that's the worst thing you can do. Wearing your new bifocals throughout the day will allow your eyes to adjust to the changes.

Move Your Head

With regular prescription lenses, you can move your eyes to see an object. However, when you wear bifocals, moving your eyes can increase the severity of dizziness and nausea. Instead of moving your eyes, move your head towards the object you want to look at.

Focus on the Object

The bottom half of your bifocal lenses are designed to help you see objects up close. If objects are not placed at a proper distance from your eyes, they may appear slightly blurry. In addition, you may experience an increase in dizziness while your eyes adjust. When looking through the bifocal portion of your lenses, move the object until you can see it clearly.

Now that you're going to be wearing bifocals, you need to prepare for the adjustment period. The tips provided here will help you adjust to your new glasses. If you continue to experience adjustment issues, you should speak to your optometrist, like those at All About Eyes or a similar location.