How to Adjust to a New Pair of Prescription Glasses

Written by katie duzan
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Yearly vision checks usually show a change in vision. This means new prescription lenses to adjust to ever-changing vision problems. The new prescription corrects vision, but the change can cause issues. This discomfort is the effect of the eyes adjusting to a new prescription. There are a few ways to adjust to a new pair of prescription glasses while minimising resulting discomfort.

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Things you need

  • Old prescription glasses
  • New prescription glasses

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    Take breaks. Every once in a while, take the new glasses off for a few minutes. Giving the eyes a little time to relax helps to avoid strain from overworking them from constant adjustment.

  2. 2

    At first, only wear the new prescription glasses when necessary.

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    Switch them out. Wear the new glasses for a while, then wear the old ones. Switching back to the old glasses allows the eyes some time to relax, while wearing the new ones lets the eyes get used to those. Over time, increase the amount of time the new glasses are worn until it's not necessary to wear the old ones at all.

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    Watch for problems. Headaches, dizziness and dry eyes are common problems resulting from a different prescription. When these occur, just take off the glasses as soon as possible, and leave them off until the symptoms subside.

Tips and warnings

  • Many people have no problems adjusting to new prescription eyeglasses. Try wearing them all the time at first, and continue if there are no problems.
  • The problems associated with new prescription eye glasses should be extremely short-lived. If they continue for more than a few days, visit the ophthalmologist or optometrist again to re-evaluate the prescription. Long-term problems indicate an incorrect prescription.

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