Thank you very much for your recent purchase of eye glasses from Orangeville Optometric Centre. We want to make sure you are completely satisfied with your purchase. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us.
Here are some helpful hints to help you adapt to your new glasses.
Adapting to a New Prescription
It is not uncommon to expect a little bit of time for your eyes to adjust to your new prescription. Feeling mildly off-balance or dizzy when you first wear your new prescription is normal. Remember not to panic this is normal and most everyone goes through it to some degree. We recommend you limit your plans for any strenuous activities or long-distance driving for the first few days with your new prescription. The full adjustment process can take up to a few weeks. If you continue to experience difficulty please come and talk to us.
Adapting to the Same Prescription in a New Frame
Sometimes even when you buy a new pair of glasses with the same prescription they may feel ‘different’ than your old pair. This is because subtle differences in the frame shape, how they sit on the bridge of your nose, the distance between your eyes and the lenses and the tilt or wrap of the frame can cause minor differences that can sometimes make you feel that the glasses just don’t feel quite ‘right’. Don’t worry this feeling usually goes away in a few days. If this feeling continues please come a talk to us.
Adapting to a New Lens Type
Adapting to new lens types can sometimes take a while. Especially adapting to new progressive or multi-focal lens. Although these lenses help with seeing multiple distances it can take a few weeks for your eyes and your brain to learn where to look in the lenses to give you clear vision at the distance you want to see. It’s usually just a matter of time before you automatically find that optimum spot automatically.
Progressive lenses give you the clearest vision near the middle of the lens with a soft focus at the lower edges of the lens. We suggest to turn your head instead of simply moving your eyes for the first few days. To see close-up objects, look through the bottom of the lens and tilt your chin up or down. At first this may seem awkward but remember it’s only temporary until you adapt. In no time your glasses will feel like old friends.
Adapting to Different Lens and Frame Shapes and Sizes
Styles are constantly changing and going from small rectangular shapes to larger rounder shapes or vise versa will sometimes take some adjustment time. Sometimes lenses need to be custom made to match the frame shape which can cause a difference in lens curvature from your old glasses. The differences may result in subtle changes in how you see through the lenses. In most cases the adjustment time is a few days.
Adapting to New Lens Materials
Adapting to new lens material can also cause a change in how see through the lenses. Typically this takes a few days to adapt to as well. Sometimes when we wear different glasses with different lens materials there may be some minor differences in how we see through them. Don’t worry once you start wearing the glasses and adapt to them most people have no trouble going back a forth between each pair. New lenses such as Polarized lenses enhance contrast and reduce glare but can distort digital screens this is a totally normal effect. Photochromic or Transition lenses which adapt to light can take some getting used to in the beginning but once you adapt to them you will enjoy the comfort they provide by naturally tinting in bright light situations. Blue light absorbing lenses may subtly change your colour perception but are a welcome relief form the high energy blue which is emitted from LED light sources and electronic screens.
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