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What To Do If Your Bifocals Are Making You Feel Dizzy

If your bifocals are making you feel dizzy or nauseated, you may be wondering what you should do. Luckily, there are a range of solutions. Here are some ideas you should try:

1. Wait a bit.

If you have just gotten your first pair of bifocals, you may simply need to wait a bit as your eyes adjust to your prescription. As you get used to where to look through the frames, depending on whether you need help seeing something up close or at a distance, the dizziness and nausea should abate themselves. Talk with your optometrist if the conditions persist. In most cases, however, an adjustment period is normal.

2. Try both progressives and bifocals.

If you have had your specs awhile and the discomfort isn't seeming to go away, it may be time to try an alternative. Some bespectacled folks prefer traditional bifocals, while others swear by progressive lenses.

Both offer the same functionality but in different ways. Traditional bifocals are basically like regular glasses for nearsighted people, but they feature a small bit of glass embedded in them for seeing close up. There is a visible line between these sections. In contrast, progressive lenses don't have visible lines, and they gradually change from accommodating nearsightedness to farsightedness.

3. Switch back to reading glasses.

If you've tried both progressives and traditional bifocals and you're not a fan of either, you may want to consider switching back to reading glasses. That way, you wear your regular glasses for driving and walking, but when you need to read, you pop them off and put your reading glasses on.

If you want to explore this method, get a pair of reading glasses tailored to your needs from an optometrist rather than using an over-the-counter pair of reading glasses. OTC reading glasses offer a range of different levels of magnification, but they are not made specifically with your needs in mind as prescription reading glasses are.

4. Schedule a fitting with your optometrist.

Additionally, schedule a fitting with your optometrist. If your glasses are making you feel dizzy, there may be a problem with your prescription or with how the glasses are fitting your face. When you schedule a fitting, your eye doctor can look at the way the glasses engage with your pupils to ensure you are getting the best solution for your needs. For example, if you have ordered bifocals online, there is no guarantee that they are fitted to your needs, and you may want to schedule an in-person consultation.