If you wear glasses, you are probably familiar with the excitement and confidence boost that goes along with wearing new specs. But in some cases, there can be an adjustment period before your vision is completely comfortable. Wearing a new pair of glasses for the first time can make things appear blurry, or may cause you to feel dizzy or disoriented.
While some of these symptoms may be a normal part of the adjustment process, they could also be a reason to see your eye doctor. If your new glasses are giving you trouble, speak with Dr. Fung about how we can help.
When Will My Eyes Adjust to My New Glasses?
Adjusting to your new glasses can take a few days, or up to 2 weeks (for more complex prescriptions), whether you are increasing your prescription or are a first time eyeglass-wearer. Different frames and lenses can change your vision slightly until you adjust to the new frame style or lens type. The strength of your prescription and the type of lens all can affect the adjustment time.
Progressive lenses (also known as multifocals) include 3 prescriptions — allowing you to see up close, from afar, and in between — and tend to be harder to adjust to than regular lenses. Most people adjust to these lenses quickly, but some need a bit more time or instruction from their eye doctor and the staff.
What Are Some Visual Symptoms I May Experience?
Some common symptoms shared by those adjusting to new glasses include:
- Blurry vision
- Eye strain, headache
- Trouble with depth perception, dizziness and nausea
- “Barrel distortion” — objects seem distorted, for high plus lenses
- “Fishbowl effect” — when your visual field looks as if it is being bent along the edges, as if you’re peering through a fishbowl, common in high minus prescriptions
When Should I Call My Optometrist?
If 48 hours have passed and your vision still isn’t comfortable, it is recommended to contact an optometrist. A lens manufacturing error could be possible, especially if you’ve ordered your glasses online, as opposed to your local optometrist. In fact, studies have shown that up to 40% of online eyewear is made inaccurately.
It’s important to note that some optometric practices may charge a fee for rechecking a patient’s prescription if glasses were purchased from another source.
If symptoms like dizziness, headaches, or blurry vision persist, it’s time to call your optometrist. Your glasses may not be well suited to your eyes and might need adjusting.
If you need new glasses or are finding it challenging to adjust to a new pair, contact Browz Eyeware in Calgary to schedule an appointment.
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