Feeling Dizzy: Adjusting To Life With Bifocals

New glasses always take some getting used to, but if you're moving from standard lenses to bifocals, it can be a little trickier to get settled with your new glasses. Some people experience a sort of dizziness when they first get bifocals. This can range from mild dizziness to all-out vertigo, complete with nausea and a loss of balance. If you feel "off-balance" in your new bifocal lenses, or if you're worried you might not take to them as well as you should, these tips should help you feel better, fast.

Know what to expect

Bifocals work by correcting both your distance vision and your close-up vision in the same set of glasses. At one time, it was easy to spot bifocals because the different sections of lens used for close-up and distance vision looked somewhat different from each other, but new progressive lenses don't look like their older counterparts at all.

Because the top part of your bifocal lens has a different optical power than the bottom part, looking through them for the first time may leave you feeling a little woozy. In fact, you could feel downright dizzy for a few days, but before you call your eye doctor to complain, give yourself time to adjust. Your brain has to adjust to the new prescription, and when it does, the dizzy feeling should pass.

Look up for distance viewing, down for closeups

The top part of your bifocal lens is made for viewing things far away, so when you have to look across the room or even further afield, tilt your head up slightly. Alternately, the bottom part of your lens will be used for seeing things more clearly close-up. Some lenses also have a "sweet spot" in the middle to meet your intermediate-distance viewing needs. With so many places for your eyes to focus, it's no wonder they can feel dizzy or strained, at least for a little while, while you become accustomed to your new glasses.

Your glasses should be adjusted to fit you so that when you turn or lift your head, your eyes don't strain to see through the different sections of the lens. It might take a few adjustments to get it just right, but your eye doctor should be able to help fit the glasses comfortably so you can take advantage of the new lenses with as little effort as possible.

Not everyone has dizziness with bifocal glasses, but if you do, just remember that it shouldn't last long. If you're still feeling dizzy after a few days, call your eye doctor for further assistance with getting used to the new glasses. Contact a company like All About Eyes for more information.