If you’re new to wearing glasses, or you’ve recently changed your prescription, it’s perfectly normal to experience a few teething problems. It’s simply an adjustment process while your eyes get used to something new – but many people can experience bothersome symptoms like watery eyes, dizziness and headaches when they first start wearing glasses.
It won’t take you long to get used to them, but in the meantime, we’ve put together some information on why you might get headaches with new glasses and what you can do to help them.
What happens when you get new glasses?
During your eye test, your optician will have done a number of tests to check how well you can see at varying distances and will have recommended glasses to help with any difficulties you have.
Generally, people are short-sighted, long-sighted or have an astigmatism. These can be easily treated with a pair of glasses with some corrective lenses that will help you to see clearer and will make your eyes feel more comfortable and relaxed.
Some other reasons you might be having headaches include:
Issue with the frames
The fit and feel of new frames can makes all the difference in terms of comfort. Our team in store take detailed measurements of your face and head to make sure your glasses feel as comfortable as possible – but sometimes it can still feel uncomfortable while you’re getting used to them.
Often, just the sensation of having something on your face can feel odd to start with. The new feeling of pressure on your ears and nose might be all it is – but if it’s ever bothering you, come back and see us. We might be able to make some adjustments to your frames to make you feel more comfortable.
Digital eye strain
Your eyes generally need to work harder when using screens. Spending lots of time on our smartphones, laptops or tablets mean our eyes need to work hard to take in the moving images, glare and flickering from screens. Particularly if you work at a computer all day, computer eye strainis very common and can lead to headaches.
Using them for other activities
You might also experience headaches if you’re using your glasses for something they’re not intended for. For example, if you use your reading glasses to watch the TV or use the computer.
It may be that your prescription isn’t quite right, and that your optician needs to tweak the strength of your lenses to make you feel more comfortable.
How long does it take for your eyes to adjust to a new prescription?
For most people, it’ll take a few days to get completely used to a new prescription, but this can vary depending on whether you’re brand new to glasses or how much your prescription has changed for existing glasses-wearers.
The good news is that it’s something that everyone goes through, so there are several tried and tested tips that can help you get adjusted:
- Put your glasses on when you start your day – a sudden change later in the day can feel more disorientating. It also helps to start forming habits
- Take off your glasses if your eyes are ever itchy, red or sore – pop them back on when the symptoms have passed
- If you wear bifocals or varifocals, try turning your head rather than just your eyes
- Even if it feels weird, try and persevere with wearing your glasses. The longer you wear them, the quicker your eye muscles can adjust.