HomeVA ProstheticsVA Handbook 1173.12 - Prescription Optics and Low-Vision DevicesAppendix B - Bifocal Adaptation

12.18. Appendix B - Bifocal Adaptation

1. Bifocals are a handy way to have clear vision for both distance and reading in a single pair of eyeglasses.

2. There are a few hints that are helpful in getting used to these new glasses:

a. When you pick up your new glasses, make sure they are adjusted on your face.

b. Do not drive while wearing your new eyeglasses until you have become familiar with wearing them.

c. Wear your new glasses at home and in familiar areas for about 1 week.

d. After 1 week (or more), then you can wear them elsewhere.

3. The line will be the hardest to adapt to. a. Look above or below the line, never through it. b. Move your eyes up and down to look around the line. c. Move your head and bend your neck as little as possible.

4. When stepping off curbs and walking on stairs, you must bend your head down and look over the line. If you don't, your feet will be blurred and you may trip.

5. Practice with your new glasses.

a. Sit and watch a TV program while looking over the line.

b. Switch to a book in your lap and look under the line to read.

6. Bifocals are like new shoes.

a. Just as you break in shoes over days and weeks, you may need to so with new glasses.

b. Give yourself time to adapt to them.

c. Make it easy for yourself while you get familiar with your new glasses.

d. Wear them at home and in non-stressful situations.


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