If you've been given a new pair of glasses and are experiencing dizziness, headaches, or feel like you can't see properly through the lenses, don't panic. This is a side effect of having a new glasses prescription that many people experience when they receive new glasses. This guide will explain how to get through this rough patch, and what to do if your symptoms don't improve.

Build Up To It

If you've been wearing glasses or contacts for years and just received a new pair with a different prescription, it's difficult for your eyes and brain to adjust. Glasses can help to improve your vision, but your eyes have to relearn how to focus when you're given new lenses. A change in prescription may have altered the angle or curvature of the lens, and your eyes and their supporting muscles need time to learn how to comfortably focus on objects past the lenses.

To ease this process, don't leap into wearing your new glasses 24/7 unless your old pair is damaged. Instead, try wearing your new glasses for only a couple hours at a time for the first few days. Increase the time you're wearing the new glasses gradually, until you're only wearing the new glasses. This should help to reduce the headaches and dizziness, as it gives your eyes and brain more time to adjust to the new prescription.

Anti-Glare Coatings

Another possibility to consider if you're having headaches while wearing your new glasses and using electronics is whether your glasses received an anti-reflective lens coating. This coating helps to prevent the reflection of light from electronics and other sources from bouncing back into your eye. If your last pair of glasses had this coating but your new lenses don't, that may be your problem. Thankfully, most lenses can be sent back to be treated, so ask your doctor if your lenses received the coating.

Continuing Symptoms

If you're still having the same symptoms after a week, contact your optometrist. Your glasses may need to be adjusted to be closer or further away from your eyes. If this doesn't improve the problem, there's also a chance that you may have received the incorrect prescription. In some cases, manufacturers may mistakenly put the wrong lenses into your glasses. Your doctor will be able to determine if you've received the incorrect prescription.

However, if you purchased your new glasses outside of your optometrist's office, you may also need to see them. Oftentimes when you're given a vision prescription after an exam, the PD listing, or pupillary distance, won't be written down on the prescription. If you've incorrectly measured your PD at home, that could be your problem. PD measurements are precise, and are necessary to determine where the focus of the eye lies when looking through glasses. If the measurement is off, your eyes won't receive the full effect of the prescription.

Adjusting to new glasses can be slightly difficult, but it's easier if you see your doctor regularly and get new lenses whenever your prescription changes, no matter how slightly. The longer you wait between prescriptions, the harder the adjustment period may be for you. 

To learn more, contact a company like Eye Tech Optical.

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