Why Are My New Glasses Blurry On One Side?


Getting a new pair of prescription eyeglasses can be a wonderful experience but at times, things may not be perfect from the start. You may experience issues like blurriness on one side, headaches, or a number of things while your eyes adjust to the transition period. Here are a few reasons why you may be having issues with your new glasses and what you can do during this time.


Familiarizing Yourself With Your Glasses

Getting used to a new pair of glasses can take a couple of days for some people and much longer for others. It all depends on the individual and this is because the brain’s visual center has to adapt to its new way of seeing the world. While the eyeglasses improve your vision, the visual center has to get used to the improved vision. This happens whether you get a new prescription or you are new to eyeglasses and have never worn them before. Allow yourself at least a couple of weeks to adjust and try to wear them as often as possible.

What About Progressive Lenses?

Progressive lenses allow you to see clearly at all distances. Whether you are nearsighted or farsighted, these eyeglasses allow you to do both without image jumps. What happens is that the zones for both nearsighted people and farsighted people blend in together allowing you to see every detail.

However, the transition period for progressive lenses is a little longer than with a regular eyeglass prescription so it can be up to three weeks that you experience issues like blurry vision on one side, headaches, or vertigo.

One tip is to start things out slowly with progressive lenses. You may want to try out your glasses when sitting down at first and allow yourself to adjust to them before trying to walk around. Definitely take it slower with doing things like driving a vehicle, playing sports, or even climbing stairs until you are used to the transition and feel comfortable wearing the glasses without dizziness, headache, blurriness, or vertigo.

Check Your Prescription

If you are still having problems after the initial time period of adjustment, it won’t hurt to check with your eye doctor and make sure you have not gotten the wrong prescription somehow. This is not something that usually happens but if it has been a couple to three weeks for progressive lenses and you are still having issues, it could be that the prescription is wrong.

It is very rare but in some cases, there have been people whose prescription literally changed from the time of their eye test till they actually picked up their prescription. In those cases, they returned to the doctor and a new prescription was written, clearing up the issues that they were having with blurry vision, headaches, and eye strain. Again, this is rare but it does happen.

Also, make sure you are not stressed when you have your eye exam because stress can affect your test results which can in turn, affect you getting the wrong prescription or one that is not exactly right for your needs.

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Some people may mention that the vision is blurry in one eye if they cover the other. This is normal because with eyeglass prescriptions, they are written for both eyes to work together. One eye is dominant and the other is weaker, which is normal. Since you do not do things with one hand over your eye, there is no reason to test your eye strength that way. Use your glasses as they are intended, with both eye wide open.

Age Plays a Factor

When we get older, our eyesight starts to deteriorate and most people need some form of glasses. A study showed that almost 60% of people who needed glasses, waited longer than they should have before getting them. This means a definite adjustment period for those trying to correct their vision after so many years. But being patient is good advice and you may find yourself adjusting to a new way of seeing things much faster than you would imagine.


Talk to Your Eye Doctor

Your eyeglasses are made with an exact science and a lot goes into it such as pupillary distance, vertex distance, and a number of other factors exist to make sure glasses are precisely fitted to your face and that your eyes are looking through the optical center. These are part of the reasons it takes a little while to transition your eyes into adjusting to the new way of seeing things.

If you are experiencing anything that makes you uncomfortable or gives you reason to ask questions, make sure you do so. The doctor is there to help you out and make sure that you are comfortable in your new eyeglasses so whether it is blurry vision on one side, headaches, vertigo, or an uncomfortable fit – talk with the people at the place you had your eye test and let them know what is going on. Sometimes it is a simple fix and other times it make just take you some time to transition but at least you’ll know.

Whether you’re looking for new eyeglasses to replace what you currently have and need an upgrade or are looking for your first pair, MyEyewear2Go specializes in offering eyeglasses with real glass lenses in our online store. For more information about glass lenses or to find us to order a new pair of high-quality eyeglasses, contact us today!

  1. Javaria saquib says:

    I got my eyes check at one place and they my prescription was one eye 2.5 and one 2.75. A few months later I got it done at another place and they gave both eyes 2.75. When later I noticed that when covering my left eye my right sees a little better then the left and try the same with other so one eyes see better then the other like when looking far so I was confused about the prescription the first being both different and other gave both same when one eye does see a little better so will it matter if both are 2.75 when one eye can see better.?

    • b.kotian says:

      Hi Javaria saquib,

      Thank you for reaching out. It’s important to discuss with your eye doctor the differences in prescriptions and clarity between your eyes.

  2. Tania says:

    I have new glasses, being using them for three days now and still having some issues. I haven’t gone back to the old ones and am using the new ones full time. The left lens seems okay but the right lens is like looking through two different prescriptions one side of the lens is fine the other is blurry. Is this normal? If so how long do I give them to adjust? My normal optician has retired which means I had to go somewhere new. I never had any issues with his glasses ever and they only took about a day to adjust to.

    • b.kotian says:

      Hi Tania,
      Thank you for getting in touch. Getting used to new glasses can differ from person to person. It may take a few days or even weeks for your eyes to adjust to the improved vision they provide. Make sure to wear them regularly during this time. Give yourself at least a couple of weeks to fully adapt to your new prescription. If you need any further assistance please contact us at service@rx-safety.com or call +1 866 653 5227

  3. Mary Jo says:

    Hi. I just received my new glasses. Right eye is fantastic through all the progressive areas of the lens; left eye is great at near and intermediate but when I look at a license plate about a car length in front me with just my left eye it is not readable. This was never an issue with my last pair of progressives. My eye doctor told me to give it a few days. Am I at any risk of getting an eye disease (like lazy eye) if my brain is just relying on my right eye for clear vision at that distance? Thanks

  4. Ayodeji says:

    My left eye can’t see far.. So I got a glasses.. I’m using the glasses now… My left eye sees well but my right eye doesn’t seem to be clear when I cover my left eye and look with my right eye alone

    • b.kotian says:

      HI Ayodeji,

      This is normal because eyeglass prescriptions are made for both eyes to work together. One eye is usually stronger than the other, and that’s normal.

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