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. Kim says:

    Is it normal with new progressives (after 2 weeks) to be able to see clearly at far distance (both eyes), but one eye remains blurry at reading and intermediate distance? If I push the glasses over by a few mms, the blur comes clear but then the other eye sees out of focus. When reading, the one eye that sees blurry starts to feel twitchy, it gets red and runny after some time, my eyelid tries to close on its own and I end up with a headache. I’ve been wearing them at least 5 hours per day for 2 weeks, I can’t stand to wear them longer.

  2. Tammy says:

    Problems increase when transitional coatings applied to progressives enhance the lasered prescription on lens that blur and distract vision even more.

  3. Kara says:

    I would like to know why i can only see out of one corner of my left lens. If i look straight ahead it is kind of blurry but if i move my focus to the inner corner of the lens, it is perfect.

  4. KANDY GILLEN says:

    i was told standard progressives were no longer available. my lenses cost 825.00. They seemed fine when i first put them on but when I went to the store I noticed I was having trouble reading the labels on the products on the shelves. I went back and told them and they said that people never complained about the intermediate being blurry. They didn’t know what to tell me. They adjusted them rechecked my eyes properly the second time, had them redone and again they seemed fine until later when I was doing some electrical on my car. I couldn’t trace a wire because they were all blending together…. unless i lifted my glasses up about an inch off my nose and looked through the very bottom of he lens and even then the slightest movement caused everything to go blurry again.
    These digital lenses were doing exactly what they stated they would prevent. I went back again and told them. She actually said my glasses were not meant to be used to do wiring!!!! Then she said first it was the grocery store now its the wires what is next?. I asked if maybe it could be the frames. I asked if they might raise the line of where the progression begins to bring the reading up into the intermittent area but they said that wouldn’t help and the measurements were correct. I asked for a refund so i could go elsewhere and was told no you are just not a good candidate for progressives. I have been wearing progressives for 10 years and never once had a problem. Never had to “get used to them” or “learn how to see with them”. Those are lines that basically telling you you have to train your eyes to see out of lenses that you can’t see out of. They offered to make me a pair of single vision glasses. I left and went someplace else. The same problem occurred only this place worked with me to try to figure out what was going on. It turns out I was lied to about the old standard lenses. They actually are still available. And even though the measurements were correct for the way they measure they raised the line and that helped quite a bit but not enough so now I am waiting for the 4th pair to come in and they are trying a smaller frame that sits higher on my nose so the bottom part of the lens where the reading is along with the slightly raised line of progression should fix this intermediate range of vision that is a problem nobody else complains about. hmmm could it be that nobody complains because they just accept what they are told and have to “get used to them” I came across an article stating that this new digital technology has not been perfected yet and the glasses are made by software bases on the numbers techs put in. It then makes the lenses on how it calculates your vision should be. No wonder people have to get used to them. The right perscription is lost somewhere in the lens and you have to search to find where it is. I just hope this will fix the problem for good.

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