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Adapting to Your New Glasses

Sometimes when you’ve tried your news glasses on for the first time, and it doesn’t feel right. The vision could be slightly ‘off’, or it could be clear, but feels ‘uncomfortable’ – you can’t really describe it. What could be the problem? Did your optometrist give you an incorrect script? Did you say the wrong thing during your eye test?

Understanding the Fitting your Glasses

For you to achieve the most comfortable vision possible, your frames must be fitting correctly to your face. Wearing your frames lopsided would result in your eyes looking into a different part of your prescription lenses. If your glasses aren’t sitting correctly on your face, your vision would not be comfortable. It’s like wearing your shirt backwards. Your new glasses need to sit accurately and comfortably to ensure your new lenses are optimal for your vision.

Change in Your Prescription

Changing your prescription lenses in your glasses is often required to improve your vision. The prescription change is incorporated by your optometrist to ensure your vision is both clear and comfortable. It’s also important to note that comfortable vision is not always mean clear vision. Think about when you wear your formal long-sleeved shirt for work compared to wearing a loosely fitted t-shirt for when you go to sleep.

If the change in your prescription is substantial, it may take a few days for your eyes to adjust to this new prescription. Like wearing a new item of clothing, it will take a couple of days for you to get used to feel and fit; just like your new glasses.

Type of Lenses

The ease of the adaptation process depends on the type of prescription lenses you get. By type, we are talking about the quality of the lens you choose; the brand and the lens laboratory, and their grinding and surfacing technology. There’s a reason why dress shirts from a budget outlet cost significantly less than a reputable retail outlet. Probably the way it’s made, its craftsmanship, and perhaps the shirtmaker has tailor-fitted the shirt to you. Your shirt, even though it may cost a bit more to get it tailored made, would make you feel more comfortable. The materials your shirtmaker has selected is probably more suited to your needs for the occasion.

Selecting the type of lens fit for purpose is essential. Our dispensers at Capital Eye will discuss with you the different lens options we offer to tailor fit your new glasses. This ensures the ease of adaptability of your new glasses, providing the clear and comfortable vision that you needed.

The Bottom Line

It not unusual for you to spend a bit of time to get used to your new glasses. This is what we called the adaptation period, generally takes about 1 – 2 weeks. At Capital Eye, we reduce the adaptation period for our patients by accurately measuring your prescription with the latest technology, followed by an in-depth discussion of how you use your glasses and explaining to you the benefits of wearing your new glasses. If the glasses still don’t feel right after two weeks, it is recommended that you go back and see your optometrist as your eyes could’ve changed from when they were initially tested.