Adjusting To New Glasses

Adjusting to new glasses can be harder than you might think, and it can take some wearers a couple of weeks to feel entirely comfortable. The adjustment can especially be difficult if you’ve never worn glasses before, if your prescription has changed significantly, or if you’re switching from wearing contact lenses to glasses. It may seem as if the glasses don’t fit comfortably or feel right, despite the fact that last week at the eye doctor’s everything seemed fine. Give it time, although the temptation can often be to simply take your glasses off and try to manage without them, or to wear your old glasses again. If your new glasses still don’t seem right after having worn them for several days, you may have to take them back to be adjusted.

Many people find that adjusting to new glasses can be a little odd, although the adjustment period passes without any serious or noticeable issues. However, you should be careful with some tasks as your focus and depth perception may not be as accurate as they usually are. If you’re trying to get used to your new glasses, be careful when driving, walking on sloping or uneven surfaces and carrying out any tasks that require a lot of focusing, up close work or concentrating for a long period of time. Make sure you are wearing your new glasses only as needed; if you need reading glasses, wear them for reading and not driving or watching TV. And you may be keeping the same lenses, but changing to a different style or shape of frame; that adjustment shouldn’t take as long as getting used to a new prescription, and most wearers are comfortable with their new look in a couple of days.

It can be especially challenging adjusting to new glasses if you are wearing progressive lenses or bifocals, as the same lenses are being used to correct more than one abnormality of vision. Moving your head to improve your focus often works for glasses wearers having difficulty adjusting to multi-vision lenses, although that’s harder than it sounds. Most of us instinctively move our eyes. With a little practice, this should become easier and it can help with the adjustment to multi-vision lenses if you’re wearing them for the first time. If you’re switching to high contrast lenses, designed to reduce glare, the transition can take a little longer too.

Finally, don’t forget to look after your new glasses. Always keep them in any protective pouch that was given to you, and make a point of keeping them clean. It’s all too easy to get into the habit of wearing dirty glasses, and simply having the lenses clean can make adjusting to new glasses a little easier. Think of adjusting to new glasses as being much the same as wearing a pair of new shoes. You know the shoes fit perfectly, as you tried them on before buying, but that doesn’t stop them from feeling strange for a day or two.