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I can’t get used to my new pair of glasses. Help!

Answer:

 

When you start wearing your prescription glasses for the first time, it gives you a much clearer vision but it can also create a sort of discomfort as your eyes adjust to the vision correction.

 

This may take only a few hours or days to get used to, but if you have stronger prescription eyeglasses you could get headaches or feel dizzy, and it may take you a few weeks to feel completely comfortable.

 

But what can you do to get used to new glasses?

 

Here are our best tips:

 

Tips for Adjusting to New Glasses:

 

1) Wear glasses regularly

Your eyes need an adjustment period to be trained to get used to your new glasses. If you constantly take them off and rest your eyes it'll take you much longer to get used to wearing them.

 

2) Take it slow

Have patience, especially if you have glasses with multiple lenses, like bifocal, trifocal, multifocal or progressive lenses, it might take you longer to adjust. When first receiving the new pair of glasses if the vision is not comfortable when first putting them on, continue with your old pair for the rest of that day and start afresh first thing in the morning with the new pair. This will be easier on the eyes and brain to understand you are using new lenses to see, the eyes are rested after sleep and ready to try something new! 

 

3) Use your nose or chin to help direct the eyes to learn where the different zones of the progressive/bifocal lenses are. 

 

4) Do some exercises to adjust to your new glasses

 

- Move your head up and down, looking at things through different parts of your lenses, and focusing on objects of varying distances away from you.

- Look straight ahead and focus on objects far away.

- Look through the bottom of your lenses to practice focusing on objects close to you.

 

Note, this is especially helpful for bifocal glasses that are vertically aligned.