Welcome to Vision Over 40!
Like many other people, I came down with presbyopia in my mid-40s. I had a lot of trouble adapting to progressive lenses, and I met many people with presbyopia who had the same kinds of problems.
I made the earlier version of this website, hoping that some people would be able to benefit from my experience and from what I learned. And it let me organize all the info I'd collected for my own reference, and learn a little about making websites.
While the information I put up is still accurate, there have been so many advances in lens technology that I don't think there's much point to the several-page site. There are really only a few things you need to know, if you're having problems adapting to progressive lenses:
- Find a good optician.
Look for someone
with training, experience, and who will take the time to talk knowledgeably to you
and answer your questions.
Stay away from opticians who don't talk to you about lens
brands, materials or other options available, at least if you
ask about them, or say that you've had trouble with glasses in the past.
And if you're having trouble with progressives, do not get glasses online, or from a chain glasses store. You wear your glasses every day. Find somewhere else to cut costs.
- Tell the optician in detail what problems you've had with progressives, and take their advice on what to try. If you don't like the glasses, go back. Any decent optician will always give you different lenses, with no charge.
- Even with the best progressives, you might be happier with an additional pair of single-vision glasses for reading or PC work, or both. Progressives can be great, but may not always be best solution for every use.
- If you gave up on progressives more than about 4 or 5 years ago, it's definitely worth trying them again. The new ones are a lot better. Ask about digital surfacing, rear surfacing, and free-form lenses. And if you want them to be better for distance, reading or middle (at the cost of one of the others), you can get that now.