Much like trying on a new outfit or popping on a fresh pair of shoes, putting on a new pair of prescription glasses can be an exciting experience as you discover how your look will evolve.

Of course, just as clothes and shoes need to be ‘worn in’ before they can be truly appreciated, new lenses, too, requires a period of adjustment. But don’t worry, this phase is completely normal, and soon you’ll wonder how you ever lived without your new lenses.

Adjusting to your new prescription lenses might take two to three days, as your eyes and brain adapt to the lenses. In some cases, it can take up to two weeks, although this is rare.

Following this period, it’s worth checking in with your optician to ensure your eyes have correctly adapted to your new lenses. If you’re having issues, it might be that your eyes and/or lenses require further assessment.

My new lenses are blurry is this normal?

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Until you fully adjust to your new prescription lenses, things may seem a little disconcerting. It might appear as though your new lenses don’t correct your vision as well as your old ones, but this shouldn’t spark an immediate cause for concern. This is simply how your eyes adjust to your new lenses.

Remember, even minor alterations to your prescription can affect your initial vision through your new lenses.

It’s also important to consider that your eyes change throughout the day as they get tired or react to changes in your surroundings such as brighter or lower levels of light. These factors might affect the clarity with which you see objects.

Should my new lenses be causing headaches?

As your eyes adjust to your new lenses you might experience some vision issues, including headaches. If your new lenses do cause headaches, consult your optician.

Other issues you might experience as you adjust to your new lenses include:

  • Eyestrain
  • Distortion
  • Fishbowl (when an image appears clear in the middle but bent at the edges)
  • Depth perception

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