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How to Get Used to Your New Eyeglasses

Having trouble adjusting to your new pair of eyeglasses? Here are some of the reasons why your vision may not be as clear as you want it to be.

Having trouble adjusting to your new pair of eyeglasses? Here are some of the reasons why your vision may not be as clear as you want it to be. 

For people who have difficulty seeing, eyeglasses are one of the most comfortable and effective vision correction solutions. After an eye exam, and once your eye doctor has given you your prescription, the right choice of spectacles will give you: 

  • Sharper, clearer vision
  • More comfortable vision
  • Fewer headaches and eye strain
  • Safer driving at night time

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At our NW Calgary eye clinic, not only can our professional and experienced eye doctors help you select the right eyeglasses, but we also provide a wide range of affordable vision services from eye exams and glaucoma testing to contact lens fittings to ensure the long-term health of your eyes.


Adjusting to Your New Pair of Eyeglasses

Whether it’s for short-sightedness, farsightedness or presbyopia, there is a lens available for virtually any visual impairment. Obviously, if you get a new pair of eyeglasses and you can’t see sharply with them right away, it might frustrate you. But this is quite normal!

Some of the short-term effects of wearing new eyeglasses include:

  • Distorted vision
  • A ‘fish bowl’ effect
  • Mild headaches
  • Eye strain or irritation
  • A lack of ability to determine the actual distance of objects

There may be several reasons why you are feeling these effects, including:


1. The Familiarisation Period

Whenever you get a brand new pair of eyeglasses, you have to expect an adjustment period. While some people only need a couple of days to get accustomed to new spectacles, others require up to two weeks.

This is often the case for people who have:

  • Never worn glasses before
  • Chosen a new frame
  • Selected a different type of lens
  • Experienced an increase in their prescription

NOTE: It’s important to continue to wear your spectacles consistently so that your eyes have the opportunity to adjust to them.


2. Progressive Lenses

Progressive lenses are multifocal lenses that are used to correct presbyopia and other disorders of accommodation. While they make it possible to see every detail clearly - both up close and far away, without image jumps - they can take up to three weeks to get used to.

If your eye doctor has fitted you with progressive lenses, there are some ways in which you can familiarize yourself with them quickly, including:

  • Wearing the progressive lenses from the very beginning. Avoid switching back and forth between your old and new glasses!
  • Taking care when driving. DO NOT use new progressive lenses if you aren’t confident with them in the early days.
  • Make slight head movements to look more directly at objects. If you are experiencing any peripheral blur, point your nose at what you want to look at and it should become clearer.
  • Reorient yourself by looking straight ahead and then back down to read if you are struggling to find a comfortable reading zone.
  • Have your eyeglasses readjusted. If you really are having a slow time adjusting to your new progressive lenses, visit your local optometrist and they can modify the design to make you more comfortable.


3. Chronic Diseases

Do you suffer from occasional incidents of impaired vision, even though you are wearing the new pair of spectacles you just had fitted? If so, it may be due to a chronic condition such as diabetes or hypertension. In fact, diabetes can have a serious impact on a person’s visual acuity because high blood sugar levels can lead to a condition called diabetic retinopathy.

What is diabetic retinopathy?

Diabetic retinopathy is caused by damage to or change in the blood vessels of the retina, which can cause them to leak fluid or swell, leading to vision loss.

Importance of eye exams

Diabetic retinopathy can ONLY be diagnosed through a comprehensive dilated eye exam. This allows your eye doctor to detect early signs of this condition and successfully diagnose it.

It can be treated by:

  • Corticosteroids
  • Focal/Grid Macular Laser Surgery
  • Virectomy

Do you suffer from diabetes? It might be time for an eye check!

Diabetic Retinal Eye Exams


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To find out more about our affordable and quality vision services, including glaucoma testing, contact lens fittings and more, contact our Calgary eye clinic at 403-286-4884 or book an eye exam today.

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