Mid-life Crisis

Scrambled Eyes

It’s been nine days since I brought home my new glasses with the cute Nine West half-rim frames in Blue Violet and the frightfully expensive progressive lenses. And for nine days I’ve been contending with nausea so pervasive that I began to wonder if I might be pregnant.

They seem to work pretty well for me when all I need to do is look up and down (knitting while watching TV for instance), but not so well when I have to look from side to side (virtually everything else). The vertigo and headaches of the past week may just be due to my already damaged eustachian tube, but the glasses seem to have exacerbated them.

It may be that it is time to release the dream of one pair of glasses.

I’m pretty sure these things didn’t come with a money-back guarantee.

Is there anyone out there who can share a happy story about reacting badly to progressive lenses than magically adjusting to them?

My checkbook and I would welcome hearing them.

And, no, I’m not pregnant. That would really be a mid-life crisis.

9 thoughts on “Scrambled Eyes”

  1. Sorry I don’t have a positive story about the progressive lenses. They made me nauseous. However, the store exchanged them (and some money back) for lined bifocals and I have been very happy with them. Apparently, I am more of a black/white type person with no grey area. The middle part of the progressives to me was that “grey” area and just didn’t focus right for me.

  2. Mary, thanks for sharing your experience. It’s good to hear, as I also did at the church supper tonight, that some accomodation will be made. Oddly enough, I feel a little better tonight. I wore the glasses during the supper and it wasn’t too bad. I wonder if maybe I shouldn’t wear them when I’m on the computer?
    ppb and FM, you are young things yet. 🙂

  3. No progressive lens — yet — but I had a bad several days adjusting to my new prescription. Nausea, headaches … it was charming.
    I hope you either adjust quickly or can get them exchanged for plain old bifocals. What you’ve been dealing with is no fun at all.

  4. A good friend of mine had to get a separate pair of glasses specifically for working on the computer. Her bi-focals just didn’t work for that distance.

  5. Ditto on the need for a special pair of computer glasses. That worked for me–the progressives, especially when placed in a very small frame, just don’t have enough of their area focused on middle distance to be comfortable. But that’s back to 2 pairs of glasses!

  6. I’ve got progressives, and was miserable for the first two weeks, then suddenly something in my feeble brain clicked and they were ok. They still don’t work terribly well for the computer (I usually just look over them, which probably means I need trifocals) but for reading/knitting and driving/movie-watching, they are now okay. You might also want to get tehm checked by your optometrist. My right lense had to be turned slightly for proper positioning.
    Hang in there.

  7. I have had progressives for probably 10 years now, with no problems–do you think they could’ve gotten part of the prescription wrong? I’v known others that has happened to.
    I know it must be miserable. Hope you can get it straightened out.

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