If you’re just getting your first pair of eyeglasses or are getting replacements with stronger prescription, you’re probably concerned about how long it will take for you to adjust. In today’s post, Eyes on Norbeck shares tips on how to adjust to your new eyeglasses.
Nobody is expected to adjust to their new glasses instantly. This is why eye care professionals never recommend driving or undertaking any other activity where vision is critical. Upon wearing your new glasses, you’ll experience distortion of your vision, including a “fishbowl”-like effect and a sensation that the floor is concave instead of flat. You will experience eye strain, perhaps some mild headache, as your eyes adjust to its new prescription. Note that if you are getting persistent headaches, you should see your eye doctor immediately.
How Long Does It Usually Take to Adjust to New Glasses?
Most people adjust to their new glasses after two to three days. The problems described above should disappear on their own as you get used to your new glasses. What feels like distorted vision should normalize. In some rare cases, the adjustment period took up to two weeks. We recommend getting in touch with your eye doctor if you’re still feeling the same one week after picking up your eyeglasses from your optometrist.
How to Help Your Eyes Adjust to Your Glasses
The best way to help your eyes adjust is to simply wear your eyeglasses. It will help your eyes get used to wearing eyeglasses and you’ll also become more comfortable with having something sitting on your nose for long periods of time. Taking them off and putting them on too often will only cause further eye strain. If you have an old pair, stop wearing them. It will have the same effect as taking off your new eyeglasses too often.
Need new eyeglasses or a computer vision exam? Call Eyes on Norbeck at (301) 690-9177. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment. We serve customers in Rockville, MD, and the surrounding communities.