Adapting to Your New Eyeglasses

With any new eyeglass prescription, there will be some adaptation time that is required to adjust to the new power entirely. Don’t become alarmed; this is a normal sensation that happens to almost everyone. In fact, should be expected.

A large or even subtle change in your eyeglass prescription can result in headaches, dizziness, and the feeling of visual strain. Just changing the frame design or lens brands can also cause adjustment problems. Transitioning into progressive lenses for the first time or increasing the reading power will result in a bit of a visual learning curve.

5 Ways to adapt to your new eyeglass prescription:

  1.     Start by putting on your new glasses first thing in the morning.  
  2.     Don’t switch back and forth between your new and old glasses.
  3.     Sit down and watch tv, read a book or talk with a friend.
  4.     Start by wearing your new eyeglasses around the house on a day off.
  5.     If you develop a mild headache or eyestrain, only remove the new eyeglasses until this feeling passes and then put them back on.

The bottom line is that most patients adapt to their new glasses within 5-7 days. At Stonewire we recommend trying your new eyeglass prescription for about 14 days before giving up on it.

If you just can’t adapt to your new eyeglass prescription,
then there may be an issue.

Prescription adaptation problems can be the result of how the glasses were manufactured, the lens design, lens quality, frame fit or there may be something wrong with the prescription itself.

We all want to get it right the first time, but sometimes things just don’t work out. We understand that there is both an objective and subjective component to an eye exam, and occasionally things just don’t align.

Simply give us a call, and we would be happy to help get your vision back on track.

This is why Stonewire offers all of its patients a FREE 100-day prescription recheck guarantee. Also, most optical retailers will provide you with a free 1-time prescription adjustment warranty in the first 30-60 days, should it be required.


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