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Deciding whether I can get used to progressive lens eyeglasses

I am going to the eye doctor tomorrow and have to make the difficult choice of whether to try progressive lens glasses again or juggle distance and reading glasses . I have severe astigmatisms in both eyes and that is the biggest issue. When they put astigmatism correction in, I feel like I am in a fun house. I can't even walk straight.

I don't wear glasses even though I should. I see OK without them even with some serious issues I have recently had with one eye. But I need to get on the ball and wear the glasses to relieve my eye strain. I have progressives here - I can look down and read, in the middle for things that are midway away like the computer or TV, and up further for distance. I cannot find the middle anywhere and don't even think I need it. I look through the reading part when I am on the computer al though I should be using the middle part.

I am thinking of going with bifocals. That sounds so old but there are no lines or anything. I would have distance and then a bit of lens for reading. I don't think the middle is necessary. I watch TV through the distance part if I wear my glasses.

The question is, can I EVER get used to the astigmatism correction. I tried. I really have. But yikes. I feel queasy trying to walk or turning my head. I know my brain would get used to the glasses if I wore them all the time but I simply don't. Contacts are now out due to an eye issue I had in January of last year so I have to decide FAST what to do. My eye doctor is great and will do whatever I want but that doesn't help me when I don't know what I want!

Do any of you have progressive lens eyeglasses and are you used to them? My husband has them and he is totally used to his. But his atignmatism is very little. Mine is a LOT.

We'll what happens tomorrow. It's always a challenge with me. Nothing is easy when it comes to...well...anything medical with me. It's always complicated.

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SoundNFury wrote on January 7, 2015, 2:42 AM

I think I do. I mean, I don't have bifocals, so I think what I have are progressive. I have worn glasses since I was 14 so I think I am just used to it all by now lol. Good luck!

BodieMor wrote on January 7, 2015, 4:13 AM

I used to use them. It was difficult at first but I got acclimatized. However, my distance vision somehow corrected itself and now all over my house, in my car, and in every purse, are 99 Cent Store glasses in strengths from 100 to 350, depending on what I expect to be looking at. It's ridiculous!

I hope you can be helped with your astigmatism issues. I didn't wear my progressive glasses all the time but the weird visual stuff eventually went away. (The ground would look as though it was curving, causing me to feel dizzy when I walked. I think you might get used to yours as well.

Madcanman wrote on January 7, 2015, 5:39 AM

I wear no-line trifocals, and I've had a hard time since I started. They're not the top of the line ones, which are way too expensive, and the field of vision is so limited they're just not comfortable. Making do for now, I guess. Good luck!

luisga814 wrote on January 7, 2015, 6:25 AM

i do have astigmatism before but because of the eyeglasses tha my opthalmologist gave it to me. Now, i do not have astigmatism anymore.

catsholiday wrote on January 7, 2015, 6:41 AM

My sympathies . I hate my glasses and have only had to wear them later in life as my eyes have got more tired !

Hollyhocks100 wrote on January 7, 2015, 7:15 AM

I bought my first glasses at the beginning of the year and it took me ages to get used to them. I knew I couldn´t cope with progressives for first glasses so I juggle about with reading glasses too. later when i need new ones i will give progressives a try. Good luck with your decision.

BeadDoodler wrote on January 7, 2015, 7:16 AM

I wore progressive lenses for decades. I guess I had the advantage over you in that I started wearing single vision glasses when I was 9. They effected me the same way you say your trifocals do you, but I couldn't see much of anything if I didn't wear them. When I started wearing the progressive trifocals, I don't remember them making me dizzy, but holding my head just so to see the computer screen caused some pain in my neck. I hope you get a good solution for you.

McIntire wrote on January 7, 2015, 10:08 AM

The first time I got those lenses I thought I'd go crazy. They made a distinct curve in the middle of my sight and I always felt I was gonna fall! The optometrist insisted they were the perfect prescription and I had to get use to them. After 2 weeks I gave them back (no charge) and sought another eye doc. This time my lenses were perfect and it took no time at all for my eyes to adjust. Good luck!

Telynor wrote on January 7, 2015, 3:24 PM

I've had progressive lens for years, and to be honest, I'm not thrilled with them. My vision has gotten so bad that well, it's frustrating. So I hope that you can find a happy solution to what you have.

teamshepherd wrote on January 7, 2015, 3:50 PM

I felt like a right drunk after I got my last pair of specs. I walked some 15 minutes to the opticians.... boy walking back with new glasses I must have looked like a drunk giraffe. I was making huge steps where theres no need and just it is rather weird! I would push through, within a few days I didn't notice a thing anymore :)

teamshepherd wrote on January 7, 2015, 3:52 PM

I don't think you can change the shape of your eyeballs by wearing glasses?

LisaSteinmetz wrote on January 7, 2015, 7:53 PM

My mom has bifocals and loves them because she can read things a lot more clearer now. She said it took some use to as they are at the bottom of the glasses lens.

BarbRad wrote on January 7, 2015, 9:27 PM

I have progressive lenses and hardly ever wear them. I'm near-sighted and I can read or use the computer with no glasses. I only wear the progressives when I'm outside or driving or in public places. If I have to read of take a photo, the glasses come off. I don't think I have astigmatism.

celticeagle wrote on January 7, 2015, 9:34 PM

I haven't had to do them yet. I would juggle both. For me I think the progressive ones would bug me too much.

stbrians wrote on January 8, 2015, 12:30 PM

Eyes are the windows to the heart and they are very vulnerable to diseases

Glenn wrote on January 8, 2015, 12:53 PM

I am very nearsighted and I also have astigmatism. I used to have the same issues as you when I first tried progressives. But then I learned I had to go to the right Optometrist who understood how to set progressives properly. If they don't ask the right questions they are not good doctors. I also discovered that Ophthalmologists are noir good are prescribing progressives. That is not their specialty. So you need a good Optometrist. One of the most important questions to answer is "What kind of work do you do?" You need to tell the doctor that you work on a computer. That was the one thing that solved my problem. They need to set the lens focal point higher for people like you and I, who work on computers, otherwise we end up raising out head to look out the bottom to see the screen.