adjusting new glasses

Top Tips for Adjusting to Your New Glasses

Prepare for the change

When it comes to any kind of change in life, preparation is key, and the adjustment to new glasses is no exception.

If you’ve been diagnosed with an eyesight issue that requires glasses moving forward, then you will need to both mentally and physically prepare for this change. As for physical adaptation, the eyes actually go through a process of neural adaptation in which new nerve fibres become hardwired in after a period of time. This change can be uncomfortable for some, and that’s where the mental preparation comes in.

It’s important to realise that a new change in your life, especially with the physical adaptation that entails, might be a little stressful and feel as if it’s not ‘you’. However, if glasses are prescribed, then that means they are a crucial aspect of your health moving forward, and the sooner you become comfortable with this new part of your life, the better.

These adjustments may include; remembering to take the glasses with you if they are only prescribed for certain activities, getting used to socialising with the glasses on and working with the glasses.

Be aware of the challenges

With new glasses, like any kind of accessory that assists our health, comes new challenges. As your eyes and brain adjust to the glasses, there may be a few common issues you face. These include; eye strain, changes in perception and general distortion.

Eye strain is the most common factor that people encounter and is usually most common in the first week, as your eyes begin to adjust. If you’re aware in advance about the eye strain, you can prepare with some easy remedies like massages and adjusting the brightness on your smartphone and TV screens. As for distortion, only some people experience this, however if you’re one of them, it’s important to know so that you don’t mistake the dizziness or lack of balance for another condition – it’s most likely your new glasses. If the distortion becomes worse over time, it’s a good idea to visit your optometrist for advice.

Perception can be another challenge with many people experiencing ‘depth perception’ in which they have a lack of ability to judge how far away an object is. This is an important factor to keep in mind if you’re using the new glasses whilst driving as you will have to take extra precaution and be more aware of your surroundings.

Choose the right frame

The correct frame for you is very important, and it’s vital to choose the right frame to avoid headaches and discomfort. Your eyes are already adjusting to the new lenses, so you can make it easier for yourself if you choose a style of lenses and frame that are the most comfortable, no matter how tempting it may be to choose the most fashionable in store!

When you’re trying out the different frames, keep in mind that glasses are a long-term commitment and you may be wearing them every day for several hours of the day. Usually, a lighter frame is an effective way to take the weight off from behind your ears and choosing the correct size is also crucial for your comfort.

The plus side to all of this is that the glasses will provide more clarity and comfort to your life in the long-run, so hang in there! If you have any questions about adjusting to your new glasses, you can always contact us at Focus Eye Centre on: (02) 9663 3927

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