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How To Adjust To Progressive Lenses For First Time Wearers

Wearing progressive lenses for the first time can be exhausting, as your eyes have to adjust to the lenses. This can potentially cause some uncomfortable side effects. However, once your eyes are adjusted, you’ll be happy you stuck out the tiring short-term effect of adjusting. Progressive lenses are very popular and thanks to technological advances, they can give your vision a whole new life cycle. In this article we’ll explain what progressive lenses are and how to get used to progressive lenses. 


What Are Progressive Lenses?

If you’re over 40 years old and you feel like your eyesight is going blurry, chances are you might need progressive eyeglasses. Progressive lenses - AKA no line bifocals - are a type of multifocal lens. Multifocal glasses have different prescriptions built into one lens, so you can see every distance clearly: far, intermediate and near (bifocals, on the other hand, only have two prescriptions: for far- and near-sightedness). Progressive glasses have no lines in between their different prescriptions, which means you can flick between different distances of vision with smooth transitions.


How Do Progressive Lenses Work? 

Progressive glasses are meant for everyday use; after all, their entire purpose is ensuring that you can see well over a range of distances. If you have them, you should wear them all day long, almost accepting them as your new set of eyes. You can use your progressive lenses as reading glasses - the part on the bottom of your lenses is designed to look at objects close-up. Looking over long distances is also not a problem; other areas of the lenses are built specifically for this reason. This is why progressive lenses are so easy to use! You can switch out your old pair of reading glasses and single-vision glasses for one all-encompassing pair.



First Time Wearing Progressive Glasses?

Upon wearing progressive lenses for the first time, you might be asking yourself ‘why are my progressive lenses blurry?’ Don’t worry. It’s perfectly normal that your vision is blurry when you’re wearing progressive eyeglasses for the first time. Some side effects you may encounter in the beginning are nausea and blurry vision. Take it from us though - we can assure you it’s very easy getting used to progressive lenses, and these effects go away pretty quickly.


Here are some top tips to get used to your glasses from progressive lens wearers:


  • - Move your head. One of the first and most important steps to getting used to your new lenses is moving your head more. You should use your lenses by moving your head towards an object you want to focus on instead of simply moving your eyes.

  • - Remember that all your prescriptions are built into the lenses. Looking down is meant to look at objects close-up, looking up is for looking further away and looking straight ahead through the middle of your lenses puts the focus on intermediate distance.

  • - Don’t switch between glasses. Aim to only use your new pair of progressive glasses, this will help you get used to them much more quickly. 

  • - The more you wear your glasses, the faster you will get used to them.


I’ve Got My Progressive Prescription and I’m Looking for Some New Glasses. What Now?

Congratulations. You’ve got the hardest steps out of the way. Now, it’s time to select a pair of glasses - or even sunglasses - that’s right for you. At SmartBuyGlasses we’re proud to host a whole range of luxury brands, value models, cutting-edge technologies and more. We stock loads of brands that offer progressive lenses - just select your new prescription on checkout. If you’ve seen a pair you like the look of, but aren’t sure how they’ll look ‘on-face’, why don’t you have a look at...


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SmartBuyGlasses’ revolutionary Virtual Try-On tool is an advanced online solution to the problem of not being able to check out a pair of glasses in-hand. It’s simple and free! See what you look like wearing different designer sunglasses or eyeglasses from home in just 2 easy steps.

Step 1: record your selfie video. We'll walk you through a simple process and show you how to use your desktop or mobile camera to record a quick, five-second selfie video.

Step 2: try on glasses online! Go to the brand page of any glasses you’d like to virtually try on. Then, filter by ‘virtual try-on’ in the special features option. You can see yourself wearing any of the glasses that appear! We have over 5,000 pairs of eyeglasses and 6,000 pairs of sunglasses just a few clicks away from appearing on your face!

Given the current pandemic, going to your local opticians’ or eyewear store isn’t so easy at the moment. Virtual Try-On eliminates the stress of making your mind up in person, the time wasted going to and from the store, and the typically high costs of visiting a brick-and-mortar shop. It really is the perfect socially distanced try-before-you-buy!


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Blue light is a potentially harmful form of light. While it is naturally emitted by the sun, electronic devices (upon which we’re spending more and more time every day) are also high-level producers. Blue light rays at a wavelength between 415nm - 455nm can damage your retinal cells, which may lead to premature eye ageing and vision problems in the future.

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If you want to read more about this topic, check out our article on everything you need to know about progressive glasses. Alternatively, you can browse hundreds of expert-reviewed advice articles and FAQs in our Optical Centre.

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