Getting Used to Glasses


Are you about to get your first pair of glasses? Having those extra things on your face will take some getting used to, and glasses have some special issues that require care as you learn to live with them and use them properly. The first few days can seem like you're trying to deal with glasses that are not right for you, but once you get used to them, you'll be fine. Of course, if you've never worn them, you might not know how to get used to them in the first place. Here's what you have to do to make wearing those glasses a successful part of your daily life. 

Keep Handkerchiefs or Tissues With You

One of the first things you'll notice when you start wearing glasses is not how clear everything looks, but how, every time you try to wipe sweat off your forehead, your hand bumps into your glasses. Until you get to the point where you remember where the glasses reach on your face, carry extra tissues or handkerchiefs with you and try to use those to wipe off sweat. You'll be less likely to knock your glasses off your face when trying to prevent sweat from dripping into your eyes.

Place a Big Note on Your Door

If you're not used to wearing glasses at all, and you've been wandering around with blurry vision for a while, you're likely to forget to put on the glasses in the first place before leaving your home. It sounds like something straight out of elementary school, but you're going to have to put a big note on your door, reminding you to wear your glasses. If you keep leaving them at home, you're never going to get to the point where you're truly used to wearing them.

Wear Them

The best thing you can do to get used to your glasses is wear them! In those first few days, wear the glasses every chance you get. If your glasses are for seeing at a distance and you need to see something close up, obviously, take the glasses off. But for everything else, wear those glasses. Your eyes have to adjust to having those lenses in front of them constantly in order to utilize the glasses fully.

Be prepared for a few side effects. It's very common for new glasses wearers to experience slight eyestrain, a minor fishbowl effect especially off to the sides of the lenses, and maybe a slight headache. These should not last long at all. For new wearers, the eyestrain and headache should be gone within a couple of days, and a minor fishbowl effect maybe a few days. If your prescription changes and you need new glasses, those side effects should go away even faster.

Go Back After a Few Days If You're Still Having Trouble

If you're still having issues with your glasses, especially headaches and eyestrain, go back to the optometrist to get the lenses inspected again. Chances are you're trying to get used to a rather strong prescription, but it is possible that there was a defect in the lenses, which the opticians in the office will correct. Your glasses should make seeing easy, not give you grief. If you've got any more questions, an optometrist at practices like All About Eyes should be able to answer them.


11 May 2017

protecting your vision as you age

How do you know when you need to get glasses for reading? As we get older, our eyes don't work as well as they once did. I squinted and adjusted my newspaper to make up for my failing eyesight but it wasn't enough after a while. I have talked with my eye doctor about the signs of failing eye sight and what can be done to put it off a bit. Between what my eye doctor has taught me and what I have read in books and online, I have gathered quite a bit of information about protecting your vision and seeing clearly long into your older years.