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What to Expect When Getting Glasses for the First Time

After years of headaches and blurry street signs, you have finally decided to bite the bullet and visit the optometrist. Lo and behold, your eye doctor tells you that prescription glasses are now part of your future. Oh, happy day!

Wearing glasses may seem like a major pain, but the difference in your vision is definitely worth it. To make the transition as easy as possible, our Derry eye care specialists have come up with a few things you can expect to encounter when wearing your new glasses.

You can see!

Yes, kind of a no-brainer since improved vision is the whole point of wearing glasses, but the difference can be startling. Words on a page that were only previously accessible via squinting now jump out at you with ease. Street signs are much clearer, as are the cars around you, and everything has much more detail than you ever imagined.

Ouch, that hurts!

Unfortunately, wearing glasses comes with a slight adjustment period. Most people will experience headaches and sore or tired eyes during the first few days. However, as your eye muscles get used to relaxing instead of working so hard to make sense of what you are seeing, the headaches and soreness will disappear. Some people also experience minor dizziness or light sensitivity, but they usually only occur within the first few days.

In addition to the temporary pain caused by your new prescription, the glasses themselves can be a little uncomfortable to wear for a time. Your ears, nose, and temples must all get used to the new equipment.

Helpful tip: Try wearing your glasses for a few hours at a time during that first week to help reduce your discomfort.

Constant cleaning

No matter how hard you try to keep your glasses clean, dirt and grime will seem to gravitate to those clear lenses like ants to a picnic. Water drops, fingerprints, oil from your hands, and food are all common culprits.

Helpful tip: Have a soft, lint-free, dust-resistant cleaning cloth on hand to keep your glasses clear. A spray bottle of cleaning solution is also great to have for really dirty jobs.

Now where did they go…

You may have thought it funny in the past when someone asked if you had seen their glasses and you noticed them resting on top of their head. Chances are this will happen to you! If you are constantly losing your keys or your wallet, just expect that you will have the same problem with your glasses.

Helpful tip: Have a designated spot where you put your glasses when you are not wearing them. This may work for your keys and wallet too!

Have fun with it

With so many different styles, colors, and features to choose from, there is no reason that you can’t make a major fashion statement with your new glasses. Whether your new look is bold and daring or sophisticated and understated, just go with it and expect people to take a little time getting used to the new you.

Wearing glasses can be an exciting experience, so call 603-421-6489 to find out more!

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