Getting New Glasses: What To Expect
Getting new glasses can be an exciting experience. Of course, knowing when you need new glasses is the first hurdle to clear. After that, shopping can be its own adventure, as you have so many styles and variations to choose from.
When you finally get a new pair of glasses, what does it take to get used to them? Whether you’re a newbie buying glasses for the first time or a seasoned pro, you may need time for your eyes to adjust to a new prescription, frame, or lens type.
Here’s what you should know when getting a new pair of prescription eyeglasses or sunglasses.
How long does it take to get used to new glasses?
Getting used to new glasses takes anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. This process is different for everyone, and there are a few factors that can affect people in unique ways.
Unfortunately, there is no quick and easy method to adjust to new glasses instantly. Patience and practice are typically key to getting used to new eyewear.
One piece of advice: Take breaks from wearing your new eyewear throughout the day. Resting your eyes is just as important as getting used to the new glasses on your face. Naturally, forcing yourself to wear them when you’re uncomfortable isn’t going to help matters, so don’t push it too hard.
What are common issues with new lenses?
Your eyes need time to get used to a new prescription. Your brain is also working overtime to adjust to your new way of seeing the world. As a result, your new lenses may seem strange, and you may experience some discomfort during the adjustment period. This is true for first timers and long-time eyeglass wearers.
New Glasses: Common Visual Symptoms
- Blurry Vision
- Distorted Vision
- Eye Strain & Fatigue
Experiencing any of these symptoms with new glasses doesn’t necessarily mean your prescription is wrong. It just means that your body is getting accustomed to the vision correction. Sometimes, it takes time to adjust – usually just a couple of days, though occasionally it takes longer.
If you’ve recently switched to progressive lenses, this can be a particularly tricky change. Since progressives correct vision at different distances on different parts of the lenses, there’s a slight learning curve to wearing them. This means they take a bit more practice than traditional lenses.
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What are common issues with new frames?
Even if you’re changing frames and keeping the same prescription, you may have an adjustment period. New frames can cause some initial discomfort as you get used to a different size and weight.
Frame shape also affects the shape of lenses, meaning your field of view may change with new glasses. Fortunately, finding your face shape before you lock in a new pair of frames can help ensure you have specs that fit perfectly.
Likewise, different nose pads can put more or less pressure on the bridge of your nose, affecting how your frames feel. Lighter or heavier frame materials may lead to discomfort, too.
All these concerns make it important to choose comfortable frames and be sure your face measurements are correct. While there’s something to be said about style, comfort should always be top priority when getting a new pair of glasses – prescription or otherwise.
If you notice something off about your frame fit, there are ways to adjust glasses on your own. Optometrists and eye glasses shops also provide adjustments, but you may have to pay a fee.
When should I see an eye doctor?
If discomfort while wearing your glasses lasts longer than a few weeks, make an appointment with your eye doctor. There may have been a manufacturing error with the lenses, or your prescription could be incorrect.
If any of the above visual symptoms become unbearable, an eye care professional can provide further tests or other options for relief. It’s best to err on the side of caution if discomfort due to eyeglasses is affecting your daily life.
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