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can new glasses cause headaches?

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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?

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asked Jun 15, 2017 in Health by Albas

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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.
answered Jun 15, 2017 by GringoGestapo
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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.
answered Jun 15, 2017 by ZeroSonic720
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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.
answered Jun 15, 2017 by Melvin
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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.
answered Jun 15, 2017 by Filled with God
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Is it normal to get headaches when wearing new glasses?
answered Jun 15, 2017 by RAT M
It can take up to 2 weeks for your eyes to get used to a new prescription but I would say a headache is a clear sign that the prescription is wrong.

It sounds like your glasses are too strong.

Is this the first time for you wearing glasses? If it isn’t but it has been ages since you updated the prescription then it’s possible you may experience a little discomfort too.

But don’t put up with headaches.

Go back to your optician and tell him about your problem. There should be no charge to correct a prescription if it is the optician’s error.

And let’s face it, glasses are too expensive to waste money on a pair that we can’t wear!
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I can't stand wearing glasses and get instant headache when I do. What's wrong with me?
When I was in school.  I had to sit in the front row.  Even then sometimes I'd need my glasses to see well.

But when I did put them on I could only stand to have them on for a few seconds at a time.  I have never in my life been able to wear them longer than just a few seconds.  After -5 seconds i start getting a headache.

It bothers me like there is no tomorrow.  If someone wanted to torture me this would be a good way to do it.

Whats wrong with me?

I was never able to figure out why this is.
answered Jun 15, 2017 by HAPPY PUPPY!
You need to see a different eye doctor if you have been getting all your prescriptions from this one. You probably have uncorrected astigmatisms as well as near- or far-sightedness. You should not be getting headache after wearing them for five minutes.

Oculists do sometimes make the prescription wrong. Or sometimes the optometrist writes it down wrong. I had to have one set of bifocals remade two times because the refractions were reversed—the put the near vision Rx on top and the far vision Rx on the bottom!

Be very blunt when having the examination. Don’t fudge on answers. Only by proper measurements can the doctor establish which prescription is right for you. When the exam is done, ask him to show you the prescription for both eyes at the same time. He can do that. Then ask to run through the same distance and close tests using both eyes.

Don’t settle! You deserve to see well.
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How can I determine if my new glasses are causing my headaches?
answered Jun 15, 2017 by Ahgase
There are several things you can check with the glasses. (I wear glasses too, when I don't have contact in.)

1.If you have astigmatism, the lens needs to be correctly centered on your eyeball, and if it is off, you will feel off balance.

2.If the difference between the right and left eye (in terms of how strong the lens power is) is high (more than about 2 number units, like 1.00 in one eye and 3.00 in the other) you may feel off balance until you get used to the new glasses.

3. If the "power" of your lenses is pretty high ( or - 2.50 or higher) you will notice that things are distorted in your peripheral vision.

4. If the nose piece/support or the temple pieces (that go over your ears) are not adjusted just right for your face the glasses could give you a headache (no ones face is perfectly symmetric, and most people have one eye or ear slightly higher than the other)

I've had problems with both #2 and #3 above, and several patients with problems from #1 and #4 as a cause for headaches.

Bifocal lens have similar problems as #1 above.

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