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.

Eyes Wide Open

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. AC says:

    Have your optometrist check for Optic Nerve Drusen

  2. Augustine Bucal says:

    Jan. 2023
    Before I was experienced migraine I thought but I honestly ignored it because I thought Im just a headache. But the days past my eyes getting blurry all the time. In hoping to cameback to its normal sight I ignored it fo almost a twice months. When I’m observed my seeing, if I covered my one eye the one was clear but if I covered the other one the one was blurry, so that’s the time I discover that I’ve a one sided blurry vision and that’s my right eye. I got a check up and they give me a prescribed eyeglass, but in that case even I’m wearing it, my right eye still blurry. What should I do now?🥺

  3. Frustrated says:

    I’ve been fighting with my optical makers regarding one eye only having issues with reading and seeing. They optical keeps saying it is the prescription. However, they do not listen. First make of the lenses, my bottom half of the progressive lens was not even in it; next set the focal and distances were jacked; third set pushing the glasses as far right on my head in order to actually be able to read. I am completely frustrated…this has gone on since September. Now today they want to have the doctor see me. I think they are fishing for what the issue is. I was never informed I had a stigmatism until today while again arguing with the optical center. I have never had eye sight issues. Now I have nearsightedness

  4. Paddy Collis says:

    I had new glasses after a cataract removal on my left eye, new glasses have been blurry etc,my eyes were retested and still having problems. Especially when I turn my head ,on the right side. My glasses have been altered several times,prescription check. ? When I close one eye vision great same with the other side, but put them both together, can be blurry. Not sure what to do next. I have been wearing progressive glasses for 30 years, any ideas??

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