Our vision changes as we age, requiring many people over 40 to need different glasses for reading and seeing distance. Keeping track of multiple sets of glasses can be, frankly, a pain. Some days it’s hard enough to get out of the house with your car keys, let alone multiple pairs of glasses and sunglasses. As a result, your optometrist may recommend that you try progressive lenses. While progressives can be great, they do take a bit of time to adapt to wearing. With a little patience, you’ll soon be enjoying one pair of glasses for all your vision needs! What are Progressive Lenses❓ Progressive lenses are multi-focal lenses with three viewing areas: distance-, intermediate-, and near-vision. The primary viewing area in a standard progressive lens is for distance, with a smaller area at the bottom of the lens for near vision, and an even smaller area for intermediate vision in the middle. The clear viewing area is located in the central “corridor” of the lens. Since these areas are blended together, there’s a noticeable but expected blur when looking to the edges of the lens. Adapting to Your Progressive Lenses‼️ Because of how they’re designed, there’s an adaptation period in learning to wear your progressive lenses. We recommend that you get in the habit of turning your head toward the object of focus instead of simply moving your eyes. For example, if you see a pedestrian about to cross the street, turn your head toward the person instead of just shifting your eyes. Otherwise you’ll be looking through the blurred edges of the progressive. For new wearers, get used to your new lenses gradually by increasing how much time you wear them over the first few days. Try not to switch between different glasses, since this will lengthen your period of adaptation.