Today we're going to about 6 things that you should be doing  when you're picking up your progressive lenses from your optician's office or your optical's office.

Alright, so.. let's say last week or three days ago you went to the optical and you ordered some glasses. Let's say... Ahh..Yeahh..Maybe you're going for the Buddy Holly look.  Me, today I'm going for the invisible look, well semi-invisible.

So, ok
1. Make sure that they are fitting nice and straight. Nice and even, and I don't mean even on the table, as a lot of people do.  In fact, people tend to discover some things that they are not very happy about when they pick up their glasses for the first time and they say, "hey look, the glasses are even on the table but, actually they are uneven on the table". And the Optician is tasked with telling them the unpleasant news that they are not symmetric that one eye or one ear is higher than the other so that is just the way it goes. They must be even on you and therefore nice and straight this way. Now here's two other ways in which Opticians tend to overlook. And that is this: how far away they are from  your eyes.  Make sure they are nice and level.  And also, that they are properly fitted with the right retroscopic or in most cases pentoscopic tilt of about 8 to 12 degrees. Ok.

2.  I have people shake their heads and if they shake their head and their eyeglasses stay on their heads, then that is great.  If they are sliding down quite a bit, then what we need to do is adjust...not the nose pads, the temple pieces right there (pointing to the end of the temple piece).  It's an acetate frame so we'll warm it up and bend it.  Nice and comfortable, and please make sure that you have a straight line right here.  If you', re having this look, that means that the temples are too short and they need to be adjusted, so you gotta look good. In order to see straight your glasses have to be straight.

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3.  If you have nosepads, then we're going to adjust the elevation so if you have your progressive lenses and you're not seeing well at a distance, but it does come into focus when you move your chin down, that means that the nose pads have to be widened out a bit, the glasses will lower, and you'll be able to see great.  If that's done , or if that adjustment is performed and you're still not seeing well, then you were fitted incorrectly. So make sure they are fitting well in the wearing position.
If you don't have nose pads and you needed them just a little further away then extend the temple pieces by not bending them so much. That will help for the most part you should have thought about that before they fitted you with the glasses.

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4.  Check your distance vision. If you are looking at something, choose something that is twenty feet and beyond. And twenty feet is the magic number because at twenty feet our eyes, when they focus on that object, are completely parallel.  Anything closer than twenty feet our eyes are converging quite a bit.

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5.  Check the reading distance.  Reading is about 16 to 18 inches. A very easy example to see how they are fitting is to just look at your watch.  I don't have a watch but if I did that is where I'd be looking.

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6. You want to check the intermediate.  For the intermediate vision you would check it by holding the object at arm's length away.  Not at eye level and not down here.  About..in the middle.  You want to point your nose to it and make sure that it's nice and clear. If you are trying to... or if you have the unreasonable expectation that you should be able to see through the intermediate when you are turning your head and looking at an angle that is not the way the lenses are designed. So, point your nose, object is arm length away and then find the object moving your chin up and down until it comes into focus. 

So, there you go:  6 Things To Do When Picking Up Progressive Lenses From Your Optician's Office.  
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