If you’re new to glasses, or you’ve got a new prescription, it can take a bit of time getting used to them. But not to worry, we’ve put together some answers to common queries that might help. And if you’re ever really stuck, just get in touch with your store.
New glasses and headaches
While glasses will benefit you in the long run, it’s very common to experience headaches with new glasses – especially if you’ve never worn them before.
Often people get headaches when they need glasses, as their eyes are straining to try to get clear vision. Glasses will certainly help with this, but in the meantime, your eyes need to catch up – this is when you might experience headaches with your new glasses.
Wearing glasses changes the way your eye muscles are used to working. Even though it will improve your vision, it just takes a bit of time for the muscles in your eyes to adapt from their usual habits. Headaches happen because these muscles are working against the change in vision, causing eye strain and associated head pain.
The good news is that once your muscles are used to the change, your headaches should disappear.
Some other reasons you might be having headaches include:
Issue with the frames
The fit and feel of new frames can makes all the difference in terms of comfort. Our team in store take detailed measurements of your face and head to make sure your glasses feel as comfortable as possible – but sometimes it can still feel uncomfortable while you’re getting used to them.
Often, just the sensation of having something on your face can feel odd to start with. The new feeling of pressure on your ears and nose might be all it is – but if it’s ever bothering you, come back and see us. We might be able to make some adjustments to your frames to make you feel more comfortable.
It may be that your prescription isn’t quite right, and that your optician needs to tweak the strength of your lenses to make you feel more comfortable.
Using them for other activities
You might also experience headaches if you’re using your glasses for something they’re not intended for. For example, if you use your reading glasses to watch the TV or use the computer.
Digital eye strain
Your eyes generally need to work harder when using screens. Spending lots of time on our smartphones, laptops or tablets mean our eyes need to work hard to take in the moving images, glare and flickering from screens. Particularly if you work at a computer all day, computer eye strain is very common and can lead to headaches.
Digital eye strain is also a common symptom when you get new glasses. This is because the distance we view digital screens is often in-between our vision zones – in short, it’s just a different type of thing that our eyes need to adjust to. If your optician has prescribed a pair of single-vision glasses, ask about our UltraClear SuperClean treatment, which can help to reduce reflections and glare from screens that could cause eye strain, as well as lots of other benefits.
If you’re a varifocal lens wearer, ask your optician about our new SuperDigital lenses, designed specifically to cater for the way we hold our phones – helping to reduce eye strain and keep things crystal clear at all distances. SuperDigital lenses have UltraClear SuperClean included.