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Why Are My New Glasses Blurry On One Side?

Getting a new pair of prescription eyeglasses can be a wonderful experience but at times, things may not be perfect from the start. You may experience issues like blurriness on one side, headaches, or a number of things while your eyes adjust to the transition period. Here are a few reasons why you may be having issues with your new glasses and what you can do during this time.

Familiarizing Yourself With Your Glasses

Getting used to a new pair of glasses can take a couple of days for some people and much longer for others. It all depends on the individual and this is because the brain’s visual center has to adapt to its new way of seeing the world. While the eyeglasses improve your vision, the visual center has to get used to the improved vision. This happens whether you get a new prescription or you are new to eyeglasses and have never worn them before. Allow yourself at least a couple of weeks to adjust and try to wear them as often as possible.

What About Progressive Lenses?

Progressive lenses allow you to see clearly at all distances. Whether you are nearsighted or farsighted, these eyeglasses allow you to do both without image jumps. What happens is that the zones for both nearsighted people and farsighted people blend in together allowing you to see every detail.

However, the transition period for progressive lenses is a little longer than with a regular eyeglass prescription so it can be up to three weeks that you experience issues like blurry vision on one side, headaches, or vertigo.

One tip is to start things out slowly with progressive lenses. You may want to try out your glasses when sitting down at first and allow yourself to adjust to them before trying to walk around. Definitely take it slower with doing things like driving a vehicle, playing sports, or even climbing stairs until you are used to the transition and feel comfortable wearing the glasses without dizziness, headache, blurriness, or vertigo.

Check Your Prescription

If you are still having problems after the initial time period of adjustment, it won’t hurt to check with your eye doctor and make sure you have not gotten the wrong prescription somehow. This is not something that usually happens but if it has been a couple to three weeks for progressive lenses and you are still having issues, it could be that the prescription is wrong.

It is very rare but in some cases, there have been people whose prescription literally changed from the time of their eye test till they actually picked up their prescription. In those cases, they returned to the doctor and a new prescription was written, clearing up the issues that they were having with blurry vision, headaches, and eye strain. Again, this is rare but it does happen.

Also, make sure you are not stressed when you have your eye exam because stress can affect your test results which can in turn, affect you getting the wrong prescription or one that is not exactly right for your needs.

Eyes Wide Open

Some people may mention that the vision is blurry in one eye if they cover the other. This is normal because with eyeglass prescriptions, they are written for both eyes to work together. One eye is dominant and the other is weaker, which is normal. Since you do not do things with one hand over your eye, there is no reason to test your eye strength that way. Use your glasses as they are intended, with both eye wide open.

Age Plays a Factor

When we get older, our eyesight starts to deteriorate and most people need some form of glasses. A study showed that almost 60% of people who needed glasses, waited longer than they should have before getting them. This means a definite adjustment period for those trying to correct their vision after so many years. But being patient is good advice and you may find yourself adjusting to a new way of seeing things much faster than you would imagine.

Talk to Your Eye Doctor

Your eyeglasses are made with an exact science and a lot goes into it such as pupillary distance, vertex distance, and a number of other factors exist to make sure glasses are precisely fitted to your face and that your eyes are looking through the optical center. These are part of the reasons it takes a little while to transition your eyes into adjusting to the new way of seeing things.

If you are experiencing anything that makes you uncomfortable or gives you reason to ask questions, make sure you do so. The doctor is there to help you out and make sure that you are comfortable in your new eyeglasses so whether it is blurry vision on one side, headaches, vertigo, or an uncomfortable fit – talk with the people at the place you had your eye test and let them know what is going on. Sometimes it is a simple fix and other times it make just take you some time to transition but at least you’ll know.

Whether you’re looking for new eyeglasses to replace what you currently have and need an upgrade or are looking for your first pair, MyEyewear2Go specializes in offering eyeglasses with real glass lenses in our online store. For more information about glass lenses or to find us to order a new pair of high-quality eyeglasses, contact us today!

  1. Nadine E Rose says:

    OMG Ceci! EXACTLY!!!
    Any excuse not to fix a problem they created. I can’t believe the bull crap eye doctors are trying to pull over on us. Shame on them.

    • rxsafety says:

      The eye doctors always want the labs that made the lenses to remake them for free. We always stand by our mistakes it only makes sense for them to pay for there mistakes.

  2. Andrew Hennell says:

    Totally agree – an optician will test both eyes and a prescription will be issued for each eye to bring both individually up to an acceptable standard of vision. I’ve just experienced exactly the same thing in that I had an eye test for both eyes and I can see fabulously out of my lest eye with the new prescription but worse than my old glasses out of my right eye. It’s so bad that I don’t feel safe driving so I got a full refund.

  3. Ceci says:

    I’m afraid I can’t agree on the point about vision being blurry in one eye. My vision was assess, one eye at a time and the prescription was for each eye individually. If I close one eye, I should see clearly out of the one still open. That was the case when the doctor or tech assessed my vision.

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