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      Does this happen to anybody? Vision related

      Let me preface all of this with the fact that I transitioned from lined trifocals to progressive lens trifocals this past prescription change, which began last August. I went back after wrangling for about 2 months and had them remake the lens and move my long vision area up a bit. I found myself looking downward to find my distance focal area. He rechecked my vision at that visit and it was the same as before.

      To get to the point, I can't see with these things half the time. Often I see double, not completely like if I crossed my eyes, but never in focus. I find myself squinting a lot. At night, all lights are seen as pairs.

      If I read on my phone, laptop, or ipad for any length of time, when I look away I cant focus on a darn thing. I didn't have this problem when I wore lined trifocals, but I just couldn't stand the glare off the bevel where the lens separations were cut in.

      I had my vision checked again when I went to my ophthalmologist. I have to due to some medication I take for Lupus. His findings were slightly different than the prescription of my optometrist. My ophthalmologist doesn't sell frames and lens is why I don't get them there. He said my optometrist is kind of a butthead about taking his prescriptions after he has had the glasses made.

      I paid a LOT for these glasses, AR coating, trifocal lens, Transition lens, scratch resistant..drill post..varilux....frames were expensive too. I take really good care of my glasses and only buy them every 5-6 years. I might change lens, but keep the frames.

      I don't know what to do. If I go back to the original Dr. he's gonna say it's been too long, my vision has changed....

      What would you do?

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      Every year for the last 10 my eye doc insists I need bifocals. Finally about 5 years ago, I gave in and got them. I lasted maybe 2 weeks with them before I went to back to distance only. I hated the bifocals.

      if it was me, I'd go with what works. The heck with the docs and what they think.

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      It took me a year to adjust to bifocals. I bought a pair of distance only and kind of trained myself on the bifocals. On the other hand, when I told my optometrist what was happening, he was very understanding and didn't push it so if yours isn't good with hearing about your difficulties, I would be suspicious that he's done something wrong. Do you use him because of insurance?

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      I have progressive trifocals. They work for me albeit was nasty to get used to them. I get them all the time now. Straight line try's change too abrupt and I trip.

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      Quote Originally Posted by janedoe View Post
      It took me a year to adjust to bifocals. I bought a pair of distance only and kind of trained myself on the bifocals. On the other hand, when I told my optometrist what was happening, he was very understanding and didn't push it so if yours isn't good with hearing about your difficulties, I would be suspicious that he's done something wrong. Do you use him because of insurance?
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      I had to get a new optometrist because the one I used for years passed away suddenly. DH used him and liked him so I tried too.

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      I've had the trifocal prescription a long time, just new to the progressive lens.

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      I would suggest making sure the glasses are sitting level on your face. If they are tilted at all, the right and left eye will look through different areas of the trifocals at the same time causing blurring. I have just had cataracts removed a month ago and am now having some slight double vision. My problem is that the right and left eyes do not work together. When looking straight, the right eye is proper, but the left eye is looking up slightly. Try looking through only one eye at a time and switch from right to left. If the object is not level horizontally in both eyes you may have a similar problem.

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      I've had trifocals since I was forty and only have gotten the progressive lenses. If you're seeing double your glasses need to be adjusted or the fields were not ground correctly.

      My DH just went to the progressive a year ago and had a learning curve of a few months to get used to them. I think it's hard to go from the lined to progressive.

      I think you should go back have your glasses adjusted (if necessary) and make sure they measure your eye for grinding. Makes a big difference.

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      How long did you wear the lined trifocals before you switched to progressives? It's very, very difficult for some people to switch. You should have a break in period, couple of hours one day, a few more hours a couple of days later. It might be easier if you wore contacts in your break in period and not the lined tri focals.

      The pattern of size and placement of the different distances varies by lens. You may not have the pattern that is best for you.

      How deep are your lenses top to bottom? You might just be need a deeper space so each distance has a bigger spot on the lens.

      What material is your lens made of? Strong Rx might need glass. I'm -9.25 in my glasses and no place using polycarbonate will make my glasses because of halo effect. Mine are high index plastic but one plastic can be better than another. I buy from my Optometrist, no Walmart or similar can't chance the drop in quality.

      Surely your lens provider will work with you to find the lens that will work for you? They couldn't know how you would react till you actually got them. Hope you can get lenses that work for you.

      @barry581 - The longer you leave it the harder it will be to make that adjustment. Did you have a suggested break in period? I have mono vision contacts but it's the same with them. As we age the difference in Rx to accommodate distance and close vision will usually increase. The greater that spread the harder it's going to be to adjust if you didn't start when the spread was small.

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      Tried bifocals years ago and no go. Never could adjust; bouts of nausea. I'm one of those who can't read in the car, motion sickness. Even reading too many road side signs can set it off. I have a pair for distance, a pair for reading. Mostly, I don't wear them at all except when driving.

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