How Long Does It Take To Adjust to New Glasses?

How Long Does It Take To Adjust to New Glasses?

Roller coasters, video games, and new glasses. What do they all have in common? Well, they all take a little time to get used to. Imagine, one moment, you're squinting at the world through an outdated lens prescription, and the next, you're stepping into a brand new visual reality with your swanky, new pair of glasses. It’s like going from an old-school arcade game to a high-def VR experience overnight.

You've made a smart move by choosing Stoggles, where we blend protection, prescription precision, and personal style into one amazing package. But, like leveling up in a game, your eyes and brain may need some adjustment to this high-definition world. Prescription glasses have many moving factors, and here at Stoggles, we’ve taken the time needed to make sure we get it right — the first time. That said, let's dive into the exciting journey of adjusting to your new eyewear.

Why Our Eyes Need To Adjustment To New Glasses

If eyes are the windows to the soul, consider your brain the grand designer of the spectacle that you see through these windows. This dynamic duo works in perfect harmony to decode light signals into images. It's like a choreographed dance, where your eyes capture the scene, and your brain interprets it.

Now, introducing new glasses into this dance is like adding a fresh step to the routine. Your eyes and brain need a little time to get in sync with this new rhythm. Suddenly, everything looks sharper, the colors are more vibrant, and the text appears crystal-clear. It's kinda like swapping your regular shoes for a pair of moon boots and trying to tap dance. It takes a moment to adjust your steps and find your groove.

Think back to the time when you wore high heels or basketball shoes for the first time. Remember how you had to adjust your stride, learn to balance, and get comfortable? It's pretty much the same deal with new glasses. 

Setting Expectations: The Typical Adjustment Timeline

You've got your snazzy new stylish safety specs on, and you're ready to flaunt your fresh look, but the world seems a smidgen off. Relax; this is totally normal and part of the spectacle-wearing journey, but at Stoggles, we’ve worked hard to make the journey as frictionless as possible.

Typically, it takes about one to two weeks for your eyes to adjust to new glasses. Imagine this as a mini adventure where your eyes are the brave explorers treading into a landscape of clearer vision. Depending on the terrain (type of prescription), the weather conditions (your age), and the health of the explorers (any pre-existing eye conditions), this adventure could be a breeze or take a bit of time.

Patience is the name of the game here. Rome wasn't built in a day, and neither is your adjustment to new glasses. But rest assured: The wait is worth it. Once your eyes get acclimated, you'll see the world through a new, crystal-clear lens. It's a view worth waiting for.

Why Would New Glasses Feel Weird if the Prescription Is the Same?

Even if your prescription hasn't changed, there are a few reasons why your new glasses might still feel a tad strange at first.

Firstly, let's talk about design and fit.

Each pair of glasses is unique, and even a slight variation in frame shape or fit can make a difference in how they sit on your face. Your old glasses may have molded themselves to your facial contours over time, while your new ones need a little breaking in. 

Like a new pair of shoes, your glasses may require time to settle comfortably on your nose and ears.

That said, not all eyewear brands are eyewear experts — most brands order existing designs provided by a manufacturer. Making adjustments to the eyewear upon purchase is a crucial step in making sure each customer receives the perfect pair of prescription eyewear.

Secondly, capturing the appropriate data is crucial.

Data like pupilar distance, segment height, and other details are key information that helps ensure each pair of lenses is made to match each customer’s prescription. If designed well, this process can eliminate much of the need for adjustments and alignments. Go with a brand who designs their eyewear around the fit and comfort, not a brand who only focuses on getting the prescription right. 

That said, keep in mind that it’s more difficult to get it right out of the gate with progressives as opposed to single vision, as these have different wait times and intricacies on the lens-making side.

What To Expect When You Get New Glasses

As you venture onto the dance floor with your new glasses, you might encounter a few enthusiastic partners, known as adjustment symptoms. These aren't anything to fret over but are simply signs that your eyes are getting in sync with their new partners — your glasses. That said though, these symptoms will be reduced if the aforementioned factors are correct.

  • Blurry vision. You might experience minor blurriness as if someone smeared an Instagram filter over your vision. A quick note on prescription and blurry/warped vision: If you have prescriptions in a pair of wraparound shades, the prescription might wrap at the curved corners. You can either get used to this or opt for specs with standard-shaped lenses and side and top shields instead (like Stoggles).
  • Eyestrain. Some folks might feel a slight strain in their eyes, not unlike a mini workout session.
  • Headaches. Then there's the possibility of experiencing mild headaches akin to the kind you get when you can't solve that final clue in your favorite crossword puzzle. 
  • Dizziness. You might even feel a tad dizzy as if you spun around in your office chair a few too many times.

These symptoms are simply your body's way of saying, "Hey, we're learning a new dance here!" But worry not — these wallflowers won't be at the party for long.

How To Adjust To New Glasses Faster

Alright, now that we've set the stage, let's get you ready for the dance/bicycle race/gardening expo. Yes, it can take time to adjust to new glasses, but if you’re interested in shortening that period, there are a few things to watch out for. Here are ten hot tips to help you get in sync with your new Stoggles faster:


Just like you wouldn't master the moonwalk without some practice, your eyes won't adjust to new glasses without some time. Wear your brand-new glasses as much as possible, and soon enough, they'll feel like a natural extension of your awesome self.

Stay Hydrated

Water isn't just for cooling down after a strenuous workout. Staying hydrated helps maintain optimal eye health, potentially easing symptoms like dry eyes and those pesky headaches.

Rest Your Eyes

Everyone needs a rest now and then. If your eyes feel tired from the adjustment workout, treat them to a break. A power nap or simply closing your eyes for a moment can rejuvenate them.

Roll Your Eyes

Roll your eyes in different directions to help reduce eye strain. It's like a yoga session for your eyes or flashbacks to when you were an unruly teenager. 

Read in Bright Areas

Just like a performance needs good lighting to shine, your eyes need well-lit areas when reading to prevent undue strain. Get that spotlight shining and give your eyes a break.

Switch Your Environment

Swap your environment often. Practice focusing on different distances — close-up, mid-range, and far off into the horizon. This variety will help your eyes adjust more efficiently to the clarity that your new protective eyewear provides.

Break Up Screen Time

If your screen time feels like a never-ending race, rest your eyes. Follow the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break to gaze at something 20 feet away. Trust us: Your eyes will thank you.

Try an Eye Massage 

Applying a gentle massage around your eyes can help relieve tension. It's like sending your eyes to a spa right there at home! This relaxation can speed up your adjustment process.

Eat a Balanced Diet

Eating a balanced diet rich in vitamin A can help maintain eye health. So, crunch on those carrots, nibble on that spinach, and give your eyes the nutrition they need to do their jobs.

Stay Positive

Adjusting to new glasses is like learning a new skill. Keep your spirits high, practice regularly, and before you know it, you'll be waltzing with your new specs like a pro. 

What Are the Signs That Your Glasses May Not Be Right?

Picture this. You're on the dance floor, and you've practiced your steps, but something still feels off. Perhaps the music is out of tune, or the rhythm is inconsistent. Similarly, there are signs that your new glasses might not be the right fit.

If you're still feeling the adjustment symptoms after a couple of weeks, it might be time to revisit your eye doctor. Persistent headaches, continuous dizziness, or constant eye strain are like red flags, signaling that something's amiss.

At Stoggles, we believe in making your eyewear journey smooth and comfortable. We offer free warranties and in-house prescriptions, including reader strengths. If you're not happy with your prescription, we'll replace it, ensuring that your life with new glasses is as exactly as you envisioned it. 

All of this said, another vital component of getting your prescription correct (and minimizing the adjustment period) is measuring your PD correctly. We recommend Stoggles customers use the EyeMeasure App to get your prescription closest to what you expect when you do receive a pair of Rx Stoggles from us. 

Busting Myths: Can New Glasses Worsen Your Vision?

As you embark on your glasses adjustment journey, you might encounter whispers and rumors suggesting that new glasses could worsen your vision. It's like someone telling you that learning a new dance will make you forget the previous ones. Absurd, right?

Wearing new glasses, even if they feel strange initially, won't damage your eyes or make your vision worse. It's simply your eyes and brain working together to get used to a new “dance routine.” Once they master the steps, you'll enjoy that clear vision like never before.

Final Thoughts

Adjusting to new glasses can take a bit of time — but some brands, like us here at Stoggles, have worked to streamline the breaking-in period.

After all, at Stoggles, we're not only about eyewear; we're about making every step of your vision journey a delightful dance.

Ready to take a spin on the dance floor of life with your new Stoggles? We promise: It'll be a dance you'll never forget!


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Vitamin A beneficial for eyes, just not for preventing myopia | AOA

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