How To Adjust To New Glasses
In today’s world, glasses are considered to be an “it” fashion item that can be personalized to suit one’s style. Research shows that in the US itself, about 143 million adults (64% of the population) wear prescription glasses of some kind. There are unlimited options in the market when it comes to frame shapes, materials, color, and the type of lens used. However, whether you are planning to get a brand new pair as a first-time glass wearer or need to have your lens changed as per your new prescription, you have to understand that there is an adjustment period involved.
Usually, it is normal for your eyes can take anywhere between a couple of days up to a week to get used to new glasses. Here are 4 tips on how you can handle this adjusting period easily.
For New Prescriptions
Wearing spectacles for the first time can be fun but might need some time for getting used to it. It is not uncommon to feel dizzy or experience discomfort and pain for the first few days. Usually, these issues go away within a week.
For first-time users, it is thus advised to refrain from activities that require a lot of visual concentration (like driving for long distances) for a week or so. Additionally, wearing the glasses as often as possible helps in getting adjusted to it faster. Go out for fun and light activities with your friends during this time and show off your new glasses!
For New Frames With Existing Prescription
An easy way to switch up your style is to don a different pair of frames. However, even with an old prescription, new frames can take some time getting used to. Give it a couple of days and if the uneasiness prevails even after that time, then visit the optician. A quick tightening or loosening of the frame is sometimes all that is needed to make it feel like an old pair of glasses.
For New Types of Lens
Maybe you are changing to a progressive lens. Or perhaps you now need to use single-vision reading glasses to clearly read those fine prints. In both these cases, there is an adjustment period. For progressive lenses, for the first few days, while viewing objects on the left or right of the line of vision, turn your entire head instead of just the eye. Similarly, for seeing things at a close-up distance, tilt your head up and view through the lower portion of the glasses till you are comfortable with them.
In the case of reading glasses, be careful of maintaining a comfortable reading distance to get the best results.
For New Lens Materials
Adapting to new types of lens materials like a polarized lens or photochromic lens takes some time. While polarized lens reduces glare, they may cause distortion when viewing digital screens. Photochromic lenses, on the other hand, can sometimes darken unexpectedly. A blue blocker lens can have a positive change in terms of less drying out and tiring of eyes.
In all these cases, your eyes get adapted quickly enough without much discomfort.
Following these tips will help you better adjust to your new pair of glasses with minimum disruption.