How Long Does It Take to Adjust to New Glasses?
So you’ve seen an optician, got your new glasses prescription, chosen a new pair of glasses, started wearing them, and now they feel weird. Don’t worry, you’re not alone! It takes time to adjust to new glasses. For some people, it could take a few hours; for others, it could take afew weeks.
But why? It’s very individual and comes down to a few things like your eye health, the strength of the prescription, how much the prescription has changed, or the types of lenses and frames. Just like with anything new, glasses need to be worn in.
You may experience discomfort while adjusting, but know that this period is necessary. If you remain calm, continue to wear the new glasses, and follow our advice in this article, you should be able to adjust quickly and easily.
Why does it take so long to get used to new glasses?
Experiencing discomfort while adjusting to new glasses is normal. Whether you’ve renewed your prescription, are correcting astigmatism, or changed your lenses or frames, it takes time for your eyes and brain to adapt.
Your eyes are complex, and during this period, they’re learning to work with your brain to adjust to your new prescription to give you improved vision.
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You should consult your optometrist if you experience visual discomofort, dizziness or headaches for more than five or six days after getting new glasses.
Problems getting used to new glasses
If your eyes hurt with new glasses, know that this is probably completely normal, but if anything is continuously disrupting you, see your optometrist. Though generally mild, there are a few common problems that people may experience.
Eye strain with new glasses is one of the most frequently reported, followed by blurry vision and dizziness. You may also experience difficulty focusing, depth perception, the fishbowl effect, headaches, or nausea.
What are the symptoms of adjusting to new glasses?
Most of the symptoms listed above shouldn’t cause long-term issues and will improve as you begin to adjust. Distortion, like the fishbowl effect, may cause images to appear bent at the edges. Depth perception could make it difficult to detect how near or far an object is.
Eye strain occurs when you are overexerting your eyes during the adjustment period and can cause other symptoms like tired, irritated, or burning eyes, blurred vision, sensitivity to light, or headaches. Minor instances of these symptoms are all common problems that people experience at the beginning of wearing new glasses.
Why would new glasses feel weird if the prescription is the same?
How to get used to wearing new glasses fast
While it might seem tempting to ditch your new prescription glasses and reach for your old ones, switching between new and old glasses will confuse your eyes and brain, slowing the adjustment to your new glasses.
Put your new glasses on first thing in the morning when your eyes are ‘fresh,’ and continue wearing them as much as possible throughout the day.
Wear your glasses consistently
Getting used to new glasses just takes a little time
While you may be looking forward to wearing your new glasses and seeing clearly, it might not happen right away. There is no need to worry, as an adjustment period is a normal response to new glasses. Be patient, and remember this should only last about a week.
If you have any questions or want to learn more, head to our Optical Center and speak to one of our opticians online today