Varilux Progressives: I'm Dizzy

Discussion in 'Optometry Archives' started by Ken Sternberg, Feb 7, 2004.

  1. I am quite nearsighted, especially my right eye. At 49, an eye exam
    showed I needed bifocals or two pairs of glasses, and I chose to try
    progressive lenses in a pair I got three days ago. I believe they're

    The first day I wore them I felt fine and semed to be able to see
    clearly. Around noon the second day I began feeling moderately dizzy,
    which got progressively worse through the day. I removed my glasses
    and had to get in bed. Some questions I have are:

    Will I have to endure dizziness for the week or two it takes my eyes
    and brain to adjust to progressives? Is dizziness a normal reaction?
    What variables in the lenses or frames could be wrong and be causing
    me distress?

    Thank you very much.
    Ken Sternberg, Feb 7, 2004
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  2. Ken Sternberg

    Mark A Guest

    There are two Varilux models, the Comfort and the Panamic.

    It is always best to post your exact prescription and information about your

    Immediate adaptation for new users of progressives is unusual. It usually
    does take a week or two. But this does depend on your prescription and other

    There may (or may not) be better lenses for your situation. Also important
    is the lens material. From an optical standpoint, polycarb is just about the
    worst, even though it is frequently dispensed.
    Mark A, Feb 7, 2004
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  3. Ken Sternberg

    Ann Guest

    Dizziness is normal for some and I have found that it comes and goes
    and isn't constant.

    I was told two weeks to get used to progressives. I tried for a month
    then gave in and got single vision lenses for work but have since,
    another month on, found that I don't need to use the single vision
    glasses much, only in certain specific situations, and that's not at
    computer which is what I primarily got them for (paid for by employer
    as is the legal requirement here). So it has taken two months to
    adapt and I'm still not there entirely.

    Ann, Feb 7, 2004
  4. I took my new glasses to my optometrist, who measured the prescription
    and other things. She said the right eye had not been done properly
    and that the pupil height where it goes through the center of the lens
    was off. So I returned them to where I got them and they're making a
    new pair, using high index instead of poly carb plastic.
    Ken Sternberg, Feb 10, 2004
  5. Turns out the lenses are not Varilux progressives, but something Sears
    calls Profile lenses.
    Ken Sternberg, Feb 11, 2004
  6. Ken Sternberg

    Mark A Guest

    OK, exactly how did that confusion happen?
    Mark A, Feb 11, 2004
  7. This was my own confusion. Sears did not misrepresent the lenses.
    Ken Sternberg, Feb 11, 2004
  8. Now I'm just plain pissed off at Sears and their lab in Virginia or

    After bringing the first pair of glasses they made for me to my
    optometrist, we discovered the lenses hadn't been made to specs. She,
    my optometrist, gave me specific instructions to bring to Sears,
    including the use of high index plastic.

    When I got the new pair yesterday, they were worse than the first. The
    first pair seemed clear, but these made me see double at a distance,
    and just plain blurry up close. I'm really nearsighted, and have
    astigmatism, but I'm hoping I still can adapt to progressive lenses,
    should they ever get made properly for me.

    I'm about to ask for a refund and just start from scratch, even though
    the Sears person told me they don't give refunds. There is nothing on
    my receipt excluding eyeglasses from the Sears "if not satisfied with
    your purchase" refund policy stated on the receipt.

    Maybe I should just use the Bates method and squint for the rest of my
    Ken Sternberg, Feb 18, 2004
  9. Ken Sternberg

    Mark A Guest

    If the person you talked to will not give you a refund, then go over their
    head. Call someone in Chicago at Sears headquarters. BTW, I believe that
    Sears optical was very recently sold to LensCrafters, but I don't know if
    the deal has closed yet.
    Mark A, Feb 18, 2004
  10. Yes it did. The same group also own Pearl Vision.
    Ken Sternberg, Feb 18, 2004
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