For the first time in my life (I'm 46) I needed correction to help me\nread. I've been wearing glasses for distance vision since I was a\nteenager. Based on the recommednation of everyone I talked to I bought\nprogressive lenses, supposedly state of the art, from an independent and\nhighly recommended optician. They were quite expensive (lenses alone were\n0 Cdn, plus frames at close to the same amount).\n\nI've only had them for a couple of days now, but so far I absolutely hate\nthe things. If you look straight ahead through the appropriate part you\nget the proper correction, but it seems you seldom do that naturally. So\nmost of the time everything is distorted to some extent. I've not yet been\nable to figure out what the middle portion of the lenses are supposed to\nbe doing, because I never had any problem with seeing beyond 18-24 inches\nwith my old glasses. As near as I can tell the outer portions of the\nlenses don't correct properly either (they warned me about that) and the\ndistortion out there is quite severe. The only safe way to do things like\nwalk down stairs is to plant your chin on your chest so you can hope to\nsee your feet. So I'm wearing my new high-buck glasses to work where I\nneed them to read, but the minute I get home I go to my old single-vision\nglasses. Not what I expecteded, to say the least.\n\nDo people who have these things eventually get used to them? I'm going to\ngive them a few more days but right now I'm tempted to go back next week,\nbite the bullet, and get different lenses made up. For those in the trade,\nwhat sort of rejection rates do you get with progressives? I find it hard\nto understand what advantage they are supposed to have other than the lack\nof a line, and the trade-offs of distorted off-center vision and constant\nover/under correction seems quite severe. But never having worn any kind\nof "regular" bifocal I don't know what that experience would be like by\ncomparison. Am I nuts?