How Long Does It Take to Adjust to New Glasses?

Most eyeglass wearers are familiar with the confidence boost and excitement of getting new specs. But there is an adjustment period before one is entirely comfortable with new eyeglasses. You may experience blurry vision or dizziness after prolonged wear, but these are a normal part of the adjustment period.


However, you should visit your eye doctor if your eyeglasses are giving you too much trouble. Also, contacting your eye doctor may be a good idea if the adjustment period lasts longer than two weeks. Ensure your new glasses fit your face correctly and contain the correct prescription.


When Will You Adjust to Your New Glasses?


Slipping them on until you adjust to your new specs can be disconcerting. You may feel like things are not quite right when you look around. Fortunately, you will likely adapt to your new eyeglasses within a day or two.


It usually takes a few days to a few weeks for the brain and eyes to fully adjust to new eyeglasses. So, give it a few days, whether you are wearing glasses for the first time or increasing your prescription.


Also, different lenses or frames can alter your vision until you adjust to them. The complexity of your eyeglass prescription can also affect your adjustment time. For example, it usually takes longer to adapt to progressive lenses due to the peripheral soft-focus zones.


Possible Visual Symptoms Related to New Glasses


People adjusting to new eyeglasses tend to experience some common symptoms, such as:


  • Blurry vision

  • Eyestrain

  • Headaches

  • Dizziness and nausea

  • A problem with depth perception

  • Fishbowl effect

  • Barrel distortion


Why Do New Eyeglasses Cause Headaches?


Eye fatigue is a common cause of headaches. Your eye muscles need to adjust to new glasses. In the meantime, your brain works hard to interpret the visual signals it receives from your eyes. The extra activity in your brain can sometimes cause a headache lasting for a day or two.


Why Do New Glasses Cause Dizziness?


Problems with depth perception can cause nausea and dizziness. So, when you purchase new eyeglasses, your brain will need some time to understand how to interpret the visual images it is receiving. That will cause you to experience dizziness or disorientation.


How to Help Your Eyes Adjust to New Eyeglasses


The best way to help your brain and eyes adjust to new specs is to wear them. The more you wear your new glasses, the faster your eyes and brain will get used to the visual changes and adapt to them.


Wear your glasses as soon as you wake up. That is when your eyes are fresh. Have your eyeglasses on as much as possible during the day. Also, it would be best if you did not switch back and forth between your old glasses and your new pair. While it is tempting to do so, that can lengthen the adjustment period.


You should consult your eye doctor if the adjustment period lasts more than a few weeks. Your optometrist will determine whether there is a problem with the design or manufacturing of your new lenses. Persistent symptoms like blurry vision, dizziness, or headaches may indicate that your eyeglasses are unsuitable for your eyes and need adjusting.


For more on prescription eyewear, visit Trinity Eye Care at our office in Plano, Texas. Call or text (972) 895-9260 to book an appointment today.