Varifocal Lenses Adjusting

by Diane
(st paul, mn)

Q: My new varifocal lenses make me nauseated. What can I do to get used to them faster? When I pass this dizziness?

A: Varifocal (or progressive) lenses accommodation is something that lasts longer and is more difficult sometimes. In your case, you have not given many details, but I'll try to answer your question.

You can be in one of the next situations:

1. You have not worn progressive lenses so far, then it is common to bother you at first, but these troubles will disappear with time. The accommodation can take between 1 and 3 weeks.

2. You wear until now progressive lenses. It means that something has changed in the new pair:

- The diopters are greater
- Or they have introduced a new cylinder diopter that has not existed until now.

These things can cause dizziness and discomfort.

3. Diopters are the same and something went wrong when installing the new lenses, pupillary distance or other fitting errors that result in a wrong pair of glasses that bother you.

The good news is that if you are in one of the first two categories, the glasses are well made so is only a matter of habit, and in time it will get better for you. If not, you can always go back to the optical store to check the glasses and your eyes again.

The bad news is that if you are in the 3th category, you want to go back and change the lenses because you will not be able to get used to them.

For varifocal lenses typically there is a 30 day warranty if you fail to adjust to them.

We have two pages full of tips already about adjusting to progressive lenses, so you can read more about varifocals accommodation here:

Progressive Lenses Accommodation

Progressive Eyeglasses Tips

Hope this helps,

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