There comes a time in everyone’s life when their normal vision declines and they need specs to see clearly. For some, this change may happen sooner than later.
If you have a vision problem, glasses are the most economic and convenient way to get normal vision. But, you may not feel this initially. Adapting to new glasses takes time and commitment. But, the hassles and adjustment are totally worth it.
You need glasses so not wearing them is clearly not an option. If you are running thin on your patience with your new specs, here are some tips you could use.
Get ready to deal with temporary headaches
How could vision problems lead to headaches, one may wonder. But, since the nerves of your eyes and brain are so closely connected, any problem with your eyesight could lead to temporary headaches.
But you don’t have to worry about these headaches. It most often happens when your eyes overwork trying to adjust to the new glasses.
However, it could also be an indicator that your eyeglass prescription is wrong. If the headaches don’t stop after a few days, visit an optician to get your glasses checked.
Your vision may feel distorted for a short period
If you feel cheated as your new glasses are not giving you the promised vision, you are taking it wrong. In the beginning, you will feel like your vision is even worse than before. But as you get used to wearing spectacles, this problem will fade away.
As your eyes are still learning to see through the new lenses, they will take their time with it. The transition may take a little longer with varifocals than single vision or blue light blocking glasses.
It can be a little frustrating but once you make it to the other side, you wouldn’t want to spend a day without your glasses.
Commit to the change
The transition curve is not going to be easy. But, if you be inconsistent in your approach, no good would come out of it.
Make sure you set a routine and wear your glasses for as long as you can. Make it a habit to use glasses when performing a visually demanding task. Gradually increase the duration and you will find that it is not as hard as it sounds.
Go slow to make it through
If you are finding it uncomfortable to wear your glasses for long spans of time, then wear them for smaller durations. For example, wear your glasses when performing tasks that need perfect visual acuity. If you are grabbing a cup of coffee with your friend and you feel like you can do without your glasses, don’t wear them.
Similarly, use reading glasses when you are reading something or trying to make out fine prints or the text on your computer screen.
Don’t go back to your old specs
There is a reason why you are not using your old specs. They are not able to fix your current vision problem as effectively as they should.
So, going back to your old specs won’t make the adjustment any easy. The right thing to do is to stick to your current glasses and use them whenever you need vision correction. Donate your old glasses to charity or give them to someone who could use that prescription.
If you still keep your old specs, you may feel the temptation of going back to them from time to time.
Use tips to adjust to varifocals
Varifocals are comparatively more difficult to get used to than readers or gaming glasses. Varifocals have different optical strengths over the lenses. The top part fixes your distant vision, the bottom-most part is made to enhance your near vision.
So, if you are trying to put up with the problems with new varifocals, make sure you wear them as much as possible. And, instead of moving your eyes, try to move your head more in the direction you want to see. For instance, if you are reading a book, tilt your head a little lower to see the words more clearly.
Hang in there
It may take 2 days or two weeks for your eyes to adjust to the change but you must hang in there. Do not stop wearing your glasses just because it’s getting tough.
If you can, seek help from your optometrist and ask them a few ways to make it a little easier for you. At first, you may not see things as clearly as you want but if you stick to the change, you will make it to the other end in no time.