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I just got new glasses two days ago, and when I wear them my eyes hurt and head hurts. Is it normal? Like is it just my eyes adjusting to them?

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asked Feb 18, 2017 in Health by gillies
edited Feb 18, 2017

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Yes, some people do have this issue, though for many, there is no problem changing prescriptions. Click this link for some good advice:

If you are still having an issue in a week after doing everything they say in that article, you might take the glasses back for a check. It is possible that either the prescription is wrong or the glasses were made incorrectly. Mistakes happen. But usually these symptoms do clear up in a few days, so keep wearing the new glasses all day long--that's important to give your eyes and a brain a chance to adjust.

Wishing you good luck and good health.
answered Feb 18, 2017 by Hal Lancer
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I was fine with my new glasses which are bifocals for the first few days. The last couple of days I've had a headache. Today I put my old Walgreens glasses on. I can't take aspirin or much other than Tylenol because of ulcers and other problems. Bummer. I see from that article that it is suggested that I not put my old glasses on. Oh, well. Ya do what ya gotta do.

I hope the OP has long well adjusted since this topic is a year old, but it saved me from having to ask.

BTW, I asked for the bifocal part to be placed lower (9) because I didn't want to be bobbing my head up and down like I did when I had bifocals back in 2000. This is working out very well.

Nobody told me getting older is such a hassle. They should teach this in high school. Not even nursing school totally prepared me for the shocks awaiting me!
answered Feb 18, 2017 by ana_sarcas
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Yes, it is normal. It takes some time for the eyes to adjust to glasses. Just try one thing, just wash your eyes with water from time to time about 4-5 times a day to reduce the pain a little.
answered Feb 18, 2017 by Rahil
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Yes, for a number of reasons. Here r a few. need new prescription, need bi-focals, need cleaning, & sometimes, just to tight on the sides. These r just a few examples. The best thing, would see eye doctor again! Good luck!
answered Feb 18, 2017 by tbird2002lover
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My nice, expensive new glasses hurt my eyes and after 20 minutes, leave me feeling dizzy and slightly nauseous. The guy who sold them says he followed the prescription accurately. What's the cheapest remedy?
answered Feb 18, 2017 by bonobothegreat
How new are the glasses? I find that it takes me a week to adjust to new glasses. Perhaps give it a week and then reassess.
Have you only been wearing them for 20 minutes at a time? It's been my experience that it can take a little bit of time for the brain to adjust to new glasses, particularly if you've been using an old prescription for a long time. I would try wearing the glasses for a few days and see if you're still having issues before looking into getting some new glasses.
If you don't trust the glasses, I don't see why you can't get a second exam. However, just because you could see well enough with the old ones doesn't mean everything was fine. Your eyes may have changed ever so slightly, and so your old prescription might have been causing eye strain you didn't notice.
I'll be the voice of dissent, and say the prescription is probably too strong. If you feel you could see just as well with your old prescription, you probably didn't need a change. The process isn't the most exact, mistakes are made. Talk to your doctor.
The dizziness is more likely to be an issue of where the "center" is than what the prescription is. They measured your pupillary distance I'm sure and they try to keep it accurate/consistent, but every pair will sit slightly differently, and it will take a while to get used to it. Which is to say... in my experience it takes about a week to adjust to new glasses :).
If your new lenses are polycarbonate, and your old ones were not, you may be a polycarbonate non-adapt, and it will be impossible to get used to them. People typically describe it as a "fishbowl" effect, and there can be a color halo, especially around bright fluorescent lights. I mostly had a bizarre depth of field (plus a slight halo), so I walked like a drunk person trying not to look drunk. I also found out, a second set of lenses later, that the same effect can sometimes persist with high-refractive index materials, and so I can only use plain old plastic lenses. So, if the prescription is truly right, and if you don't get used to them in a few days, that's another possible solution for you to explore.
How big is the change in your prescription? I'm also mildly shortsighted (first identified 18 years ago), but I have had new glasses at least every 2-3 years since and have never had any difficulty adusting to new prescriptions. You may think that you could see fine with your old glasses, but they could have been much lower power than your eyes need now. If it's a big change I would agree you may need tie to adjust to it.

Also, was your pupillary dostance measuered correctly? I have unusually close-together eyes, which has never been a problem with glasses, since they are made to precise pupillary distance measurements. However my prescription swimming goggles aren't and I defintely notice an odd, disorientating effect with them.

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