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Adjusting to New Glasses

Finally, you have acquired new glasses and are ready to try them on. However, it’s very common to have to get used to wearing them for an entire day. Even if they are the right prescription, sometimes it takes a while for your eyes to adjust to the frames. Though adjusting to new glasses is unpleasant to endure, this feeling won’t last.

Art of Optiks strives to create a pleasant, stylish experience for your eyes. That’s why we provide top-quality eye care and eyewear for all your needs. Aside from providing comprehensive eye examinations, we also offer pediatric eye care, contact lens fittings, and other eyecare services.

How Long to Adjust to New Glasses?

The general duration it takes for your eyes to adjust to your new glasses is two to three weeks. However, depending on the type of prescription, it may be different for some. Another factor to note is that even if this is a current prescription, the lenses or frames might be what’s changing your vision.

What Are the Common Symptoms I Might Encounter When Wearing Them?

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When you are adjusting to your new glasses, there are common symptoms that might occur when doing so. Several of those symptoms include the following:

  • Barrel distortion effect: This effect causes objects to appear slightly or significantly distorted. This symptom is quite common in high-lense glasses.
  • Fishbowl effect: Similar to the barrel distortion effect, this is when your field of vision slightly distorted, creating a bent along the edges, as if you were looking through the glass of a fishbowl. The fishbowl effect is common in new glasses.
  • Blurry vision: Blurry vision is another primary symptom of adjusting to new glasses. One of the reasons why your new glasses are blurry is that your eyes are slowly getting used to new glasses, specifically the frames or prescription. Though, in some cases, you might experience blurry vision even if you’re not getting used to new glasses.
  • Dizziness: Either adjusting to a new prescription or just by new frame in general due to blurry vision might cause dizziness or headaches. It’s important to pace yourself in how often you wear your glasses.
  • Issues with depth perception: Sometimes, adjusting to new glasses can create issues with your depth perception, causing your vision to distort and for you to have trouble determining how far objects are.

Does Adjusting to New Glasses Cause Headaches?

Due to eye strain from adjusting to your new glasses, you, unfortunately, do experience headaches. When you experience eye strain, this is often due to tired muscles within the eyes. Another factor to note is that since your eyes and brain are adjusting to your glasses, your brain also experiences fatigue by trying to produce clear images for you to see.

Why Do My Eyes Hurt When I Wear My New Glasses?

As previously mentioned, it’s pretty common to experience this due to eyestrain. This is often due to your eyes adjusting to your new glasses so that they might feel sore or tired. This is a common symptom even if you still use a current prescription. Though, your eyes can hurt if you’re also getting used to new framing or a new prescription.

Is It Common to Experience Vision Distortion?

With any pair of new glasses, your vision might also alter your depth perception. Unfortunately, it is common to experience vision distortion when adjusting to new glasses, especially if it’s a new lens type or prescription. Because it’s a new pair of glasses, two primary vision effects that you might experience would be the barrel distortion and the fishbowl effect.

What if I Still Feel Weird After a Couple of Weeks?

It takes about a couple of weeks to get used to new glasses. However, if you’re still experiencing vision issues after that period, it might be best to contact your eye doctor just in case, so they can diagnose the problem efficiently. It also depends on your lens type, such as multifocal, bifocal, or trifocal

4 Tips for Preparing Yourself for New Glasses

So now that you know what to expect when adjusting to new glasses, there are a couple of tips that you can incorporate within your routine to help you when it comes to eyecare.

1. Thoroughly Inspect Your New Glasses

It can be pretty exciting to receive a new pair of glasses, so much so that you want to wear them immediately afterward. However, before you start wearing them, ensure that your frames are correctly fitted. Sometimes one of the reasons you may experience eyestrain or other vision issues is your frames are loose or tight-fitted. 

2. Store and Clean Your New Glasses Consistently

Either for current or new glasses, always make sure to clean and store them properly. If your lens is dirty or has residue, it can also distort or alter your vision, manifesting tiny specs or halos when wearing them. Also, always put your new glasses in a protective case to avoid potential damage.

3. Adjust How Often You Wear Your New Glasses

Adjusting how often you wear your new glasses can help quicken the process. To start, try to wear them for an hour or so, then gradually begin to increase the amount of time every day. This will help your eyes adjust to the prescription, and your brain will get used to producing clear images through this new pair. 

4. Reduce Physically Strenuous Activities

Reducing physically strenuous activities such as driving, cycling, or working on the computer is essential. Try to wear your glasses now and then when completing these actions. This will reduce the chances of nausea, headache, and dizziness. Aside from reducing your time on the computer, you should also minimize how long you spend on your phone.

When It’s Time to Call Us

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What’s beneficial about getting used to new glasses is that it’s temporary. It can take about two to three weeks to be well-adjusted to your glasses. However, if you’re still experiencing issues with your vision after a couple of weeks, we advise you to contact an eye doctor, as it might be an issue with your frames or prescription. Contact Art of Optiks today to speak with one of our team members about changing your prescription or lens. 


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