In this particular episode of Ask an Eye Doc, you will learn:

  • What to do if you’re having problems with your new pair of glasses
  • How long to wait before seeing your optometrist again to check your prescription
  • What symptoms warrant a follow-up visit sooner rather than later

This episode will make more sense if you have already listened to the following episodes:

  • episode 4 – why can’t I see up close anymore
  • episode 9 – what is a progressive lens
  • episode 10 – are progressive lenses hard to get used to
  • episode 12 – what if my progressive lenses don’t work at the computer
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For you readers out there, here’s the answer in written form:

Lindy recently had an eye exam and was prescribed glasses for far away as well as up close. She just picked them up yesterday. She feels like she wants to take them off and rub her eyes and wonders whether there is an adjustment period for wearing new glasses. Should it be easy for her to wear all the time? Is this normal?


From the sound of it, you’re the newest member of the presbyopia club, so congratulations! Being a presbyope means you’ve lost your focusing ability and need a specific prescription for reading in addition to your distance prescription. If you’d like to learn more about how and why people become presbyopes, be sure to check out episode 4.

Not only are you new to presbyopia, it sounds like you’re new to glasses altogether. A lot of my patients are in the same boat as you, Lindy. Going from no glasses to a full-time prescription is definitely a big change for your eyes and for your brain. You should notice your vision is clearer with the new glasses, but it can take a couple of weeks to get used to.

This is especially true for progressive lenses, which are prescribed for people who have presbyopia. Be sure to check out episode 9episode 10, and episode 12 which talk about what exactly a progressive lens is, how hard it is to get used to, and what to do if it doesn’t work at your computer.

Adaptation period

If you were my patient, I’d want you to know that I would be happy to see you again to double check your prescription if you’re still having any problems after two weeks. Of course, come in sooner if your vision is extremely blurry, you’re getting massive headaches, or you’re running into walls, falling over, etc.

Otherwise, I would advise you to do your best to wear your new glasses as much as possible for the first couple of weeks to give your eyes and brain a chance to adapt to the new prescription.

Hope this helps! Let me know how it goes. I’d love to know how long it takes you to adapt and whether you ended up needing a second doctor’s visit. As always, if you have a follow-up question, feel free to submit another question at



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If you have a question regarding glasses adaptation or any other glasses-related question, go to to be featured on Ask an Eye Doc.
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