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How To Tell If Your Eyeglass Prescription Is Right

You recently got a new pair of eyeglasses, but you're wondering if the prescription might be wrong. Instead of seeing more clearly, the world looks blurry and out of focus. Although it has been a few days, the situation hasn't improved any, so you start to worry. If that's the case, how do you decide whether to give your optometrist a call or tough it out for a few more days?

Waiting Out The Adjustment Period

Often, when your prescription has changed or you've made the switch to multifocal eyeglass lenses, your eyes need time to adjust. To make it work, though, you need to wear your new glasses regularly.

At first, the prescription may seem too strong. However, if your prescription for either eye has changed -- even just slightly -- your eyes need time to get used to the change. Your prescription might not have changed at all, yet your new glasses still may not seem right for a few days. It can even take time to get used to tints or different lens shapes.

If you decide to stick with your eyeglasses to see whether you're simply going through an adjustment phase, you'll know you've made the right choice if:

  • Your vision clears when you cover one eye
  • Your eyesight improves more each day
  • Any dizziness, nausea, headaches, or vertigo you were experiencing is becoming less the longer you wear your glasses

Call your optometrist to schedule a follow-up appointment if:

  • Problems continue even after giving your eyes the time to adjust your optometrist recommended
  • You continue to feel extremely nauseous
  • Your vision remains blurry without improvement
  • Vision is poor in one eye when you close the other eye
  • You get headaches due to eye strain

Incorrect Eyeglass Prescription Can Cause Eye Strain

Although getting used to new eyeglasses can take anywhere from several days to several weeks, severe symptoms that fail to gradually improve may indicate you received the wrong prescription. Wearing the wrong lenses, or not wearing your prescription glasses, won't damage your eyes, but it can cause uncomfortable symptoms, including eye fatigue or strain.

Some people who suffer eye fatigue experience pain in the neck, shoulders, or back. Besides making your eyes feel sore and irritated, eye fatigue can cause:

  • Blurred vision
  • Difficulty focusing
  • Increased sensitivity to bright light
  • Dry, itchy, and burning eyes
  • Headache or eyebrow pain

If you have any of these symptoms, contact a specialist like Bergh-White Opticians, Inc.