I have been forced (well that or two pairs of glasses) down the progressive lens route.
I'm short sighted (-3.50 dioptre with very minor astigmatism) but at that power, I can no longer read the ingredients on food jars (which is important if your kids have allergies).
My question is:
How long does it take to get used to them? And is it reasonable to wonder if my prescription is actually not correct?
Only had them for 2 days - but they are fine for driving and have relatively little distortion and "swim" effect. The worst I've noticed is my phone goes a bit "parallelogram" at certain angles.
But there is a limit to what can be done with passive optics.
My main concern is that I think she's set the progressive boundary too high - more or less on the horizontal axis. I reckon it should be about 15-20 degrees below before it starts transitioning from far sight power to mid sight and reading. If I drop them to the end on my nose, that actually works quite well.
If I have a laptop on my knees on the train, it's in the near-sight zone whilst being at a mid-sight distance.
Same with the TV - my TV is below horizontal and my sofa tends to lean you back as they do.
Now, it's not a huge problem as the lens manufacturer offers a money back satisfaction guarantee within the first month.
However, the dispensing optician is not raising my confidence levels hugely. She says she can have a go at adjusting the frames in a couple of weeks (to give it a fair chance) but I'm not sure how you could adjust 15 degrees in. her answer to the TV is turn my head down. Well, I do know varifocals need head movement - but I've tried it and I get a crick in my neck because I have to look down so far.
Anyone with experience - am I being impatient? For the cost (not cheap) I'm not really prepared to put up with something highly suboptimal.