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    Why New Glasses Sometimes Make You Feel Dizzy

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    We know what it’s like. You’re so excited to get your new, stylish glasses. You get your delivery from Payne Glasses, put them on and feel great. But as you go on with your day, you start to feel a little dizzy. You may even develop a bit of a headache. You’re just not used to these new glasses, and you’re tempted to go back to your old pair.

    Whether you have an updated prescription, a new type of lens or a new coating, it can take some time to adjust to new glasses. Your eyes are complex structures that are made up of six major muscles and six major nerves, all working together to regulate light, control impulses and send messages to your brain.

    Your brain needs time to adjust to the new lenses and accept that the new sharp image is the correct one, especially because your eyes and brain may be used to compensating for poor vision. You may experience visual distortion, problems with depth perception, the fishbowl effect, eye strain, headaches or nausea.

    Think of your new glasses like a new pair of sneakers. Those shoes looked great in the store, and you were so excited to purchase them. But then you got them home and realized they were stiff and needed breaking in so they could feel completely comfortable. Your eyeglasses, in a sense, also need breaking in. Or rather, it’s your eyes and brain that need to do the breaking in.

    Nausea and dizziness are most common when adjusting to bifocals, trifocals and progressive lenses, but they can occur with all types of lenses. If you experience nausea or dizziness wearing your new glasses, it’s likely that you’re dealing with a depth perception issue. In a way, you’re experiencing motion sickness as your body adjusts to a new way of seeing. This is normal and can last anywhere from two or three days to a week.

    You might be experiencing these symptoms because you have a stronger prescription, a new lens type. such as progressive lenses, or even a new frame or lens shape that you’re not used to.

    How to Adjust to New Glasses

    The best way to adjust to new glasses and make the dizziness and other issues go away sooner is to wear your glasses. Stick it out for a bit, and your eyes should adjust. Keep in mind that you should try not to plan any long trips with driving or anything else that will require a lot of eye work for a few days to a week. Give your eyes time to adjust but don’t give up. You need to wear your glasses every day to adjust properly.

    Three rules of thumb are:

    • Don’t get discouraged. Realize that the process takes time and that what you’re experiencing is normal.
    • Stay safe. If you’re experiencing a lot of visual distortion, be careful about driving alone. You may need to walk or have someone drive you.
    • Resist the urge to pull out the old pair. You need to give your brain and body time to adjust to the new prescription so try not to go back to your old standby.

    When to Contact Your Doctor

    It is normal to experience some visual distortion, eye strain, dizziness and even headaches. However, if you end up with a headache that won’t go away and doesn’t improve within a day or two, contact your eye doctor or even your medical doctor. It could be the glasses or another medical issue, and you shouldn’t ignore it if it goes on that long.

    Keep in mind that some frames differ in the way they enter the visual field and need to be adjusted to fit properly. If you think this might be the issue, contact your optometrist or ophthalmologist. Also, if you’ve already had your glasses adjusted and your issues don’t go away within a week or so, you can go in for a check up and see what the doctor says.

    Blue Light Glasses

    Sometimes, the issue isn’t with the prescription glasses at all but with the blue light that can cause eyestrain and other issues. You might want to consider getting blue-light-blocking lenses, sometimes called computer glasses because blue light emits from computer screens. Payne offers non-prescription blue-light-blocking lenses, and we can also add the coating to any prescription glasses.

    Payne Glasses

    Whether you’re new to glasses or ready to get a new pair, Payne Glasses is here for you. We offer a wide range of glasses for men, women and children, all at affordable prices. We specialize in blue-light glasses and progressive lenses.

    Read the Payne blog to find more information about how to adjust to new glasses.

    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us anytime. We love to help.

    Sources:

    1. All About Vision: https://www.allaboutvision.com/eyeglasses/adjustment-time/
    2. Felix Gray: https://felixgray.com/blog/getting-used-to-new-glasses/
    3. https://www.ezcontacts.com/blog/2020/09/24/adjusting-to-new-glasses/

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