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How long will it take to adjust to new glasses?


I have worn glasses for 19 years as a child for reading as I had a tracking problem and I was slightly long sighted. I am now apparently slightly short sighted. I have been prescribed glasses for a slight astigmatism. I was told it was up to me to have glasses and I chose to have them as I was getting really bad headaches and blurred vision (I couldn't read road signs until they were very close). The headaches immediately stopped but it is taking time getting used to them. Immediately things were clearer but I find they make things slightly duller than normal vision and I don't feel happy yet driving. How long can it take to fully adjust?

Answer Written answer:

It depends on the type of prescription, and the individual.  However, two to three weeks should be sufficient for most people to adapt fully. I think after this time if you are still not comfortable then you should return to the opticians and ask them to check them, and they also may do another check on your prescription.

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Optician's Biography

Simon Kay BSc(Hons) MCOptom has been a qualified Optometrist for over 35 years, and has a vast experience of almost all aspects of optometry. He joined Specsavers Opticians in 1993 first in Liverpool and for 15 years as a director of Lancaster and Morecambe. He served on many panels and committees whilst a director, including those responsible for IT design and professional advancement. He was regional chairman of the North West directors of Specsavers for over 12 years and as such was involved in almost all aspects of optometry on a business and professional level. He has been involved on the Local Optical Committee for many years and is currently Vice Chairman in his area.
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