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Getting used to your new glasses

Despite the fact that you might be completely amazed by the fact you can see properly when you first wear glasses (or upgrade to a new pair when your old prescription is no longer working), there will still undoubtedly be a short adjustment period. This can range from slight vertigo or discomfort to dizziness and even headaches; however, it might make you feel better to know that these symptoms generally only last about a week or two and are not permanently damaging. There are a few things you can do to help you mitigate or prevent the discomfort associated with a new prescription too, so we have compiled a list explaining how to get used to your new glasses quicker.

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Make sure you wear them as much as possible

This may feel counterintuitive, as it’s usually instinctual to stop doing something that makes us feel uncomfortable or dizzy, but the only way to stop the discomfort is to give your eyes enough time to get used to the lenses. Follow you optometrists directions and always wear them for whatever purpose you need them for. If you develop a headache, severe dizziness or eye pain, take them off only long enough for these symptoms to disappear and then put them back on. This will make the transition quicker.

Keep your lenses squeaky clean

If your glasses are covered in smudges, it will interrupt a clear view and your eyes will have more difficulty adjusting. Before you put them on each day, clean your glasses with a soft cloth and plain water, a drop of detergent  or preferably,  a professional glasses cleaning solution. Make sure you clean them regularly throughout the day too.

Move your whole head

When people learn this little trick, they are often stunned at the obviousness of it, but it is very often overlooked. When you start wearing your new glasses, try to move your whole head when viewing something, rather than just your eyes – particularly if you have graduated, bi or trifocal lenses.

When you wear glasses, you may not realise it, but your eyes are picking up on the lens surface. When your gaze out of the lens is fixed in one spot, you are experiencing very little difference in the interference of your depth of vision; however, when you move them, the distance between your eyes and the lens surface varies to a greater degree, causing you to experience a type of motion sickness.

It might take a few days to get used to moving your whole head instead of your eyes, but you will quickly pick up on it if you are aware of the benefits, and this will greatly reduce the dizziness.

Take care of your glasses

Similar to the section that explains why to clean your glasses, taking care of and storing your glasses safely will prevent scratches and keep them clean. It will also prevent damage to the lens casing and arms, as damage might also cause vision disturbances. Not to mention the fact that your glasses just won’t look as good if they are bent or scratched!

Finally, if you are still experiencing any uncomfortable symptoms after more than two weeks, go and see your optometrist for a readjustment of your prescription. Glasses are designed to help you see better and should never cause long term discomfort.

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