Adjusting To New Glasses

A part of life is doing new things and every time we try something new or bring something new into our lives, there is an adjustment period in order to get physically and mentally used to whatever new thing that is.

If you only recently discovered that you need to wear eye glasses or you have just been informed that your prescription has changed to a higher or lower one, this is a perfect example of a time when you will require an adjustment period.

Adjusting to new glasses is not an easy thing for anyone to do. If you have never worn them before, there may be an emotional or mental toll on your self-esteem or body image. You may have the feeling that you are no longer attractive with these things on your face. The first time you look in the mirror to check out your new look, you may feel disgusted or like you don’t want to leave the house with them on.

Unfortunately, if the doctor says you need to wear them, it is in your best interest to wear them. The initial period of hating the way you look if most likely all in your head. You are not used to seeing yourself with glasses and you may still be stuck with the old stigma that eyeglasses are nerdy or unattractive. These days, wearing glasses is considered stylish and there are literally thousands of colors, shapes, sizes and designs available to suit every face shape and every individual style preference. Once you wear them for a few weeks or perhaps even only a few days, you will get used to them and realize that they actually look good on you. In order to get a pair that looks best on you, make sure to take a trusted friend to the shop with you when you purchase your new glasses and ask for assistance from trained staff who know how to find the right glasses for your face shape and size.

Whether you are new to wearing glasses or you are about to wear glasses for the first time, your prescription may cause some real physical discomfort for the first little while because your eyes need to adjust to having the new glasses on. The higher the prescription or the bigger the jump from one prescription to another, the more likely you will experience these uncomfortable side effects.

Some of these physical issues may include:

  • Headaches
  • Squinting
  • Blurry vision
  • Sensitivity to natural or artificial light
  • A feeling of something foreign on your face, particularly is you are new to wearing glasses. This feeling may feel like a stinging sensation, a heavy feeling or slight pain at the point where the nose bridge rests.

These physical symptoms usually only last a few days or in extreme cases, like the introduction of a very strong prescription, a few weeks. If the symptoms worsen or don’t go away over time, it is important to see the eye doctor to ensure that you are wearing the proper prescription and that there isn’t any other underlying issue with your eye health.

Some ways to reduce these symptoms include taking breaks from computer and television screens, keeping a safe distance from screens, reducing or dimming lights, wearing sunglasses in the sun, taking naps or resting the eyes throughout the day and avoiding driving at night or doing activities that require more eye strain until the symptoms subside.

Once the emotional and physical symptoms that come with adjusting to new glasses go away, you will love your new look and feel great when you can read and see things better than you ever could before.