How Do I Know if my Glasses Prescription is Wrong?

Okay, so you have that nagging feeling that something isn’t quite right with your new glasses. Your vision isn’t as clear as it should be, or things are appearing fuzzy and indistinct. You may be experiencing a sense of tunnel vision. Perhaps your depth perception is just a little bit off.

Is Your Glasses Prescription Wrong?

How Do I Know if My Glasses Prescription is Wrong?You know from experience or you’ve been told by your optometrist that some prescriptions, especially bifocals or trifocals, require an adjustment period during which you need to get used to the changes of a new prescription. This transition period can last (depending on the prescription and the individual) for days, weeks, even upwards of a month. So how can you tell if your vision inconstancies are related to this adjustment period or are instead a result of an incorrect prescription?

The answer typically lies in the symptoms you experience and their severity.

Errors made during an eye exam are not unusual. They can result from a typo on a computerized report or, more commonly, a misreading of a handwritten prescription. The misinterpretation of a single digit – or the omission of one – can wildly alter a prescription. Sometimes incorrect measurement readings are to blame and these are not always the fault of the optometrist. Perhaps, without realizing it, you’d scheduled your exam late in the day, maybe after work, and your eyes were tired and weak, skewing your results.

If your symptoms include the following, you may want to return to the optometrist for advice or at least a confirmation that no clerical error in your prescription was made:

  • Extreme blurriness or lack of focus.
  • Poor vision in only one eye when the other is closed.
  • Headaches or dizziness caused by excessive eye strain.
  • Extreme vertigo or nausea not related to any underlying medical condition.
  • Problems persist despite the fact that the lenses are properly centered in front of your eyes.
  • Problems persist despite waiting out the recommended adjustment period.

It’s true, however, that if your prescription has changed or you’ve switched to bifocal, trifocal, or progressive lenses, your eyes do need to adjust – particularly if the prescription strength in only one eye has changed. If your symptoms most closely follow the ones below, your problem may simply be caused by the change in prescription:

  • The blurriness or fuzziness you experience improves with time.
  • You haven’t been using your new glasses on a regular basis.
  • Headaches, dizziness, nausea, or vertigo lessen the longer you wear your glasses, or subside greatly after the first few days.
  • Vision is clear when each eye is isolated.
  • You haven’t yet completed the transition period suggested by your optometrist.

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Realize that you know yourself better than anyone else. You know how your eyes react to typical daily eye strain and what they feel like when you’re tired. If you can rule out these conditions, and you’ve been patient with any change in corrective lenses and given your symptoms the prerequisite amount of time to clear up, the fault may lie in your glasses and not in yourself. If you have any cause to suspect this is the case, a follow-up visit to your optometrist is certainly warranted and definitely recommended.

264 Responses to How Do I Know if my Glasses Prescription is Wrong?
  1. Julia
    February 1, 2014 | 11:55 pm

    Hi my name is Julia and I just got my glasses friday and put them on first thing in the morning on saturday. My prescription did change my right eye is worse than my left eye. When wearing them around the house things that appear to be far away like a digital clock are blurry and cannot read the numbers. I read online that it could take a couple of days to adjust called the adjustment period but could it also be wrong prescription? How long should i wait to go back to the eye doctors and wait for the adjustment period to take?

    • Kieran Hunt
      February 4, 2014 | 2:45 pm

      Hi Julia,

      It is true that there is generally an adjustment period for new eyewear, especially if your prescription has changed significantly. It shouldn’t take more than a week to adjust. If it does, or if it doesn’t appear to be getting any better after a few days of wearing, it’s a good idea to make an appointment to see your eye doctor and have the prescription checked out. It’s definitely possible that the eye doctor made a mistake, and the lab could have made a mistake as well.

      Please let us know if you have more questions, and let us know how it worked out!

      Kieran Hunt

      • Paula
        April 23, 2015 | 9:48 pm

        I just had this happen to me. Turns out it was a mistake on the doctor’s part, and so i got a free lens, but i got charged for the re check? Insurance then would not cover it so how is it that I am out $290 for their mistake?

  2. Jade Lyons
    February 28, 2014 | 2:53 pm

    Hi my name is Jade, I’ve wearing glasses for just over two years and at my last eye test I was told that I was not short sighted (which is the prescription I had been wearing) and I have been given reading glasses. I then started my driving lessons and I couldn’t see the licence plate of the car in front of me, my driving instructor warned me that if I can’t see it I will fail my test. So have I been given the wrong prescription? And is it possible for my eye sight to change like that in two years? Thank you.

    • Kieran Hunt
      March 4, 2014 | 3:36 am

      Hi Jade,

      It’s definitely possible that your eye doctor gave you the wrong prescription; it happens more often than you’d think. I’d suggest going back and explaining your problems to the eye doctor. It also is possible for your prescription to change that much, though it’s rare. See what your eye doctor has to say; I think it was a mistake on their end, or on the end of the glasses lab.

      Kieran Hunt

  3. teni
    March 1, 2014 | 4:10 pm

    Hey I got a higher prescription than usual,I guess the optician messed it up.I got used to it but after a while my eyes started to develop fine lines and they look hollow too.I’ve requested for new glasses but is the hollowness and fine lines really from the wrong prescription and how can I get rid of them?. (Ps: I don’t wear them as much as I should and I’m only 18 so I think its too early to have finelines and hollow eyes)

    • Kieran Hunt
      March 4, 2014 | 3:38 am

      Hi Teni,

      I’m not sure what the fine lines you’re experiencing could be. Are you sure there isn’t a scratch on the lenses of the eyewear? If you are experiencing abrupt changes in your vision and the appearance of your actual eyes, it’s a good idea to see a doctor as soon as possible just in case there is something more than simple corrective vision problems at work. Otherwise, I think it’s probably due to the different prescription in your glasses. Also, if you don’t need very strong corrective lenses, you may want to consider going with contacts if you don’t like wearing glasses.

      Kieran Hunt

  4. marina
    March 2, 2014 | 5:13 am

    hi. i have chronic daily headaches/migraines.eye strain and sensitivity seem to happen on a dime. ive had trouble finding an eye doctor, even a nuero optomologist (he was very brief and seemed over booked) wasnt very helpful. i could tell my right eye had gotten was hard to tell with the left because my eyes always have some pain/strain going on.when i got an eye exam, the 24/7 migraine was getting worse about the time of my appointment. it led to a long grueling anxiety filled appointment. this first appointment was with a regular optomologist. with the exam,i couldnt decide on the right eye, nothing looked clear. i remember making a decision quickly on the left, it SEEMED very clear.according to the new prescription, the left eye had previously been over corrected. just a hair, but for me, a hair is…a horse tail of a difference lol.. i got new glasses today. felt a tiny twinge in left eye. im ignoring it, and i know the migraine i have now is not only because i dont have fl-41 orangish tint on that WILL go on as soon as i know glasses are correct, but no anti glare either so i think my eyes are freaking out a bit. ive had them on about 6 hours.

    i was told things would look blurry at first.
    my sister had reminded me prior to ordering the glasses that if eyes are over corrected with glasses, things will look blurry..

    this was a 4 month process with insurance getting to see the right docs and organizing how to get 2 pairs, one tinted one not (hard to see at night with tint or in doors sometimes).. so this is distressing. wouldnt know who to go see because the nuero optomologist i saw and appointment which took 3.5 HOURS(im trying to understand what even happened, not even 10 minutes was with the doctor) wrote the prescription i had previoiusly gotten before seeing him 2 months prior. i was referred to the expert because the regular eye doc hadnt heard of the tint i use.. insurance only pays for one eye exam,unless referred somewhere else. do i see the nuero guy that should have given me an eye exam(and was going to, not sure what happened there) before copying the other docs numbers and signing his name?( i would ask this to insurance but ive gotten the run around between docs and insurance for months and wrong answers 24-7, and obviously i will have to ask eventually. this is all very subtle differences that eye docs surprisingly are that aware of..not the people i met anyway.

    mostly i just want to know if its possible for my left eye that supposedly was SLIGHTLY over corrected for a year, to hurt or feel strained, almost more than the right eye(which is where MORE correction was put in the new lenses).. does the brain or eyes do the same adjusting when glasses are over adjusted, or, how is it different? yes everything is blurry and disorienting, but the left eye seems worse. was i just used to STRAINING my eye to see through an over corrected lens so long and the correct prescription is confusing it?

    id ask the docs, and will have to, but, considering eyes are such a huge part of migraines, im so surprised of the LACK of knowledge eye docs seem to have about the importance of A- making sure the prescription is right, B- understanding things like TINTS and anti glare and suggesting it for debilitating light sensitivity which 99% of migrainers have.. made a world of difference for me!(even tho it sucks having orangish sun glasses looking frames, but, doesnt matter if it relieves some pain-also good for anyone who works on computers a lot, whether they need glasses or not.)any suggestion would be great! no idea what site this is that google led me to, but thank you! and i do have an astigmatism.. not sure how that would affect things.. would THOSE numbers have anything to do with how my left eye feels if the astigmatism numbers are off? (i dont know if there ARE numbers, but i think so?)

    • Kieran Hunt
      March 4, 2014 | 3:54 am

      Hi Marina,

      I’m so sorry about all the trouble you’ve been having! It sounds like a very stressful ordeal, and I sympathize. I’ve been there.

      Your problems sound like they could stem from sensitivity to wrong prescriptions. Though it could be neurological, and I do think it’s a good idea to follow up with the neuro, I also believe that you have what eye practitioners call non-adaptive sensitivity. Basically, if that’s the case, your eyes are more sensitive to slight imperfections in your corrective lenses compared to the average glasses wearer.

      Did you know that there is a tolerance held by labs across the world which says how “off” your prescription can be for it to still be considered correct? That’s because the vase majority of people can’t notice small imperfections in the strength of their corrective lenses. If you are more sensitive to these imperfections than the average person, than even a prescription that is “correct” may still give you problems.

      Your best bet is to follow up with the neuro, and go back to the eye doctor and say, plain and simple, that the prescription you received doesn’t work for you. Most eye doctors will remake your glasses for you free of charge if they made a mistake. Additionally, you should mention that you believe you are more sensitive to slight imperfections in the strength of your glasses, and request that the lab make the glasses to a stringent tolerance (no allowance for imperfections).

      Please know that you are not the only one who suffers these problems, and there are solutions. You just need to find the right combination of corrective lenses and tints. If your problem is also neurological, there are other steps that need to be taken, but hopefully you’ll have more luck with the neuro the next time you see him. When you’re there, if he tries to rush you out, let him know, in no uncertain terms, that you’re not okay with leaving without some kind of answers, or at least a plan. This seems to work with most doctors.

      The last thing I want to let you know is that this “tolerance” thing with corrective lenses being approved even if they’re imperfect is not because eye labs do hack jobs. Eye doctors write prescriptions to very specific powers, and the creation of corrective lenses is incredibly precise and painstaking. The technology today continues to improve, but it’s very, very difficult to achieve perfection every time. The guidelines outlines by the American National Standards Institute gives labs suitable tolerances to ensure that corrective lenses that are “good enough” that the average human eye can’t detect the difference.

      Please let us know how this worked out for you and if you have any more questions!

      Kieran Hunt

      • Ricky
        April 19, 2015 | 2:50 pm


        I’m wondering if my prescription could wrong too. I went to an opticians to get it but the doctor is probably qualified to a higher extent. I just have a prescription of -1-2*180 and lesser values in my left which is significantly weaker. I have pretty weak eyesight, so I was surprised to see small values, is this normal? The notion of a waiting time scares me, because I seem to imagine my eyes beginning to ‘cope’ with the wrong prescription. My new glasses leave me struggling to focus, read, but do improve my far sight fairly well. Can you advice me on what to ask my doctor? I just feel like the opticians here are after my money. Thanks!

  5. michael
    March 5, 2014 | 8:19 am

    Hi was wondering if you could help.

    I got new glasses and straight away i was unable to read and stay on a computer for anywhere near as long as i used too. As with my new glasses and new prescription came blurred vision after a few hours of reading.
    I have been back to my optician on numerous occasions and have gotten a second opinion else where to check my prescription but all seems to be well there. I have now reverted back to my old glasses after 8 months of trying my new ones.

    What else could be wrong or what could be checked to make sure i have what I need in my glasses?


    • Kieran Hunt
      March 12, 2014 | 4:01 am

      Hi Michael,

      I’m surprised that you have gotten the same results even with a second opinion. Are you sure that you don’t need a bifocal? It sounds like you need a separate reading prescription from your standard distance prescription.

      This is a problem that occasionally happens with people who switch to progressive bifocals after not having used them before. If you are wearing progressive bifocals for the first time in your new glasses, it’s possible that you just can’t adapt to progressives and you need a lined bifocal.

      Can you contact your doctor and ask if you need bifocals? Also, if your doctor says that you have progressives in the new glasses, as him/her if this is the first time s/he has ever prescribed progressives to you. Then you can get back to us and let us know what happened!

      Kieran Hunt

  6. Wendy
    March 12, 2014 | 5:49 am

    I have just picked up my new glasses and when I put them on I am seeing double images. Is this normal? They are multifocal lenses. I have already been wearing my old glasses today, would that make a difference, or could the script be wrong?

    • Kieran Hunt
      March 17, 2014 | 2:58 pm

      Hi Wendy,

      It’s possible that you need to wear your glasses as much as possible each day to adjust to your prescription, but if you are seeing double it’s unlikely that you are just adjusting to it. I think it’s possible that the lab or doctor made a mistake with your pupil distance measurement. My suggestion is to bring them back to the doctor to have them checked.

      Kieran Hunt

  7. Rose
    March 16, 2014 | 4:12 am

    Hey so my trouble is that every year that I’ve been going to the eye doctor they’ve said my eyes are the same in prescription. Last year both were 4.25. I recently went to a new optometrist and she gave me 4.25 on one eye and 4.0 on the other. Can one eye really just get better .25 randomly? I really think she just didn’t examine my eyes well. She focused more on one than the other. What should I do? I’m thinking of getting a second opinion but that’s going to cost me…

    • Kieran Hunt
      March 17, 2014 | 3:16 pm

      Hi Rose,

      It’s definitely possible for your eyes to get better. As counterintuitive as this is, it’s not uncommon. If the new prescription doesn’t feel right, however, you should be able to go back to the eye doctor for a replacement pair and new examination at their expense, since it was the optician’s mistake. I hope this works for you and helps you to avoid the extra cost of a second opinion.

      Kieran Hunt

    • sabrina
      November 20, 2015 | 2:48 am

      Hi I jus received my glasses yesterday and I feel my eyes are strained. Does this mean my glasses are too strong for my eyes. I can see perfectly fine out of them or is this one of the symptoms you feel? Ive never HD glasses so I’m getting concerned.. N what does everyone normally feel?

      • Ryan Phillips
        November 20, 2015 | 1:20 pm


        I would suggest giving them a day or two more to see if you adjust to them. Sometimes with a New prescription or new glasses that can happen. I would keep trying to wear them and see how things go. If you still feel the eyestrain after a 2 days i would go back to where you got the glasses and ask them to take a look at them to see if the prescription is correct. It could be the doctor wrote the rx wrong as well so you might have to go back to the doctor for a new eye examination. We see that quite often. I hope that This helps. If you have any other questions you can look at our reference page.

        Best Regards,

  8. yhanie
    March 21, 2014 | 1:41 pm

    hi! got my first prescription glasses and first 3 days whenever i wear them, felt terrible headache , that will stay like the whole day.. and felt dizzy too.. plus my eyes felt so dry that i needed to buy eyedrop, noticed it too that my veins in my eyes was so red.. i dnt wear my glasses for long hours.. that’s only for about few minutes.. plus, it’s been 2 weeks now, and whenever i wear them, its lfeels like that things around me are moving too whenever i look around.. do i need to see again my optemetrist ? thanksb

    • Kieran Hunt
      March 24, 2014 | 3:16 pm

      Hi Yhanie,

      I do recommend going to see your optometrist again. It sounds like your prescription may not be correct, or you may even be having an allergic reaction to the frame material.

      Kieran Hunt

  9. Jack
    March 23, 2014 | 9:11 am

    Hi my prescription recently changed. When I wear my new glasses the right eye is perfect but the left eye feels like it is pulling towards the center. It has that feeling like when you purposely try to cross your eyes. I get headaches and a sick feeling. My left eye also feels like it has something in it like an eyelash always there. When I wear my old glasses all that disappears and I am fine.

    • Kieran Hunt
      March 27, 2014 | 12:12 am

      Hi Jack,

      It sounds like your pupil distance may have been done incorrectly on the glasses. I suggest taking them back to the optician who made them and explain your problem. I don’t think it’s you; it’s probably a mistake on the glasses.

      Kieran Hunt

      • Parker
        March 16, 2015 | 4:35 pm

        I have had this cross eyed feeling everytime I’ve had a new pair of glasses (new lenses in old frames). Only once in the 20 years I’ve worn glasses have they been perfect first time.
        I spoke to an optician who I randomly met when out one day and he suggested the lenses could have been ground to the correct prescription and PD, but cut to a slightly different angle in my frames. Not sure if that’s possible.
        I’ve never settled with them and one one occasion took them back 5 times before they felt right.

      • bob acosta
        September 6, 2016 | 2:31 am

        Not only you should go back to your optician who filled the prescription; but most importantly, go back to your ophthalmologist who made the prescription.

  10. Andrea
    March 25, 2014 | 2:13 pm

    I received new glasses yesterday and I am finding that the vision in my right eye is very blurry looking straight on or angled in towards my nose, whereas if I look through the outer edge everything is extremely clear and focused. Basically I keep turning my head to a slight left to see better. Is this normal? I was told by the optician to give myself a week to adjust but it just feels wrong. She told me my old rx was as follows:
    pl -4.50 x16
    -50 -4.00 x162

    My new rx is:
    -.075 -5.00 x020
    -.075 -4.00 x167

    Thank you.

    • Kieran Hunt
      March 27, 2014 | 12:11 am

      Hi Andrea,

      It may be that you need to adjust for the week, so I suggest giving that a try. If, after the week is through, you still feel that the glasses aren’t right, bring them back to the optician. I suspect that they made a mistake with your pupil distance. Your change in prescription seems normal.

      Kieran Hunt

  11. Jo Burke
    March 27, 2014 | 11:59 pm

    I have a new pair of glasses with progressive lenses. I have always been very slightly near sighted, but have never been regular with wearing my glasses in the past. My vision is just blurry enough to be a nuisance, but not incapacitating. But now I need the reading magnification. My new glasses have a -.75 rx in each lens, and I see clearly out of each eye individually. The problem is they give me double vision when using both eyes, and my peripheral distance vision is blurry as if the lenses are smudged and need cleaning except in the very center. My old glasses never did this. Is it a normal result of the progressives?

    • Kieran Hunt
      April 21, 2014 | 8:57 pm

      Hi Jo,

      Progressives often take a while to get used to. If you are not used to them by now, it could be that the lab made a mistake on your pupil distance, or it could be that you are a progressive non-adapt. I suggest you contact the doctor’s office you got them from and let them know that you’re having this problem.

      Kieran Hunt

  12. Mary
    April 13, 2014 | 12:41 pm

    Hi. I just bought a new pair of glasses for the first time. After more than a week of using it I feel like the right glass isn’t right as it is disturbing as if something is blocking. And it cause my right part of the head aches bec. of the fuzziness but I can still see clearly though with the 2 eyes open. If i would close the left eye It seemed blurry or okay I can’t explain.

    I suspected I may have a wrong prescription and afraid it may cause me again.

    Do you think it is just for the adjustment period?

    • Kieran Hunt
      April 21, 2014 | 8:59 pm

      Hi Mary,

      If you are still having this problem after a week of wearing the eyewear regularly, it could be more than the adjustment period. After a week, I suggest you contact the eye doctor if you’re still having problems.

      Please let me know if you have any more questions.

      Kieran Hunt
      Phillips Safety Products, Inc

  13. Susan
    April 18, 2014 | 1:56 pm

    My doctor told me my right eye is dominated so he gave me stronger lens for right eye. But I had left eye stronger before by .5. After a week, I felt my left eye tried and stressed so I went back to doctor’s office. I found out that my left eye I can’t see the mid line and below. A week ago, I was in his office tested my eye and the left one can see the mid line. Do you think my left eye had been changed dramatically because doctor gave me too strong on my right eye and I used ? Does this happen to anyone else?

    • Kieran Hunt
      April 24, 2014 | 2:26 pm

      Hi Susan,

      That is not something that I’ve heard of. Typically, a prescription does not change your eye after only a few weeks of use, and I don’t think it’s possible for a bad prescription in one eye to change the other eye. Sorry you’re having these troubles, it could just be a coincidence.

      Kieran Hunt

  14. Bob
    April 23, 2014 | 10:21 pm

    HHi, I received new prescription glasses. They were perfect in the right eye but blurry in the left, the left also made me feel like my eye was pulling and gave me headaches. I brought them back, I got the glasses checked by the optician and then retested by the eye dr. He gave me a prescription closer to my old lenses but they are still blurry in the left eye. I have worn them for a week and a half and they are still the same. It is frustrating and I don’t know what to do. I have regular glasses and sunglasses and they feel the same way.

    • Kieran Hunt
      April 24, 2014 | 2:27 pm

      Hi Bob,

      It’s possible that they made a mistake on your prescription again. I’d bring them back to your eye doctor or consider getting new glasses. It sounds to me like they’re making an error either with your pupil distance or prism.

      Kieran Hunt

  15. Stacey p
    May 1, 2014 | 7:11 am

    Hello, Ive had the same -2.00 prescription for more than 5 years now. I went in for an eye exam and the doctor increased my prescription on one eye and now I also have a slight astigmatism. Right eye is -1.50 ~ -0.50
    Left is -1.75 ~ -0.50… I’ve never had an astigmatism before and the doctor didnt even talk to me about it before I left. I was just wondering when I get my new glasses will there be a big difference because of the astigmatism. How will I know if its wrong?

    • Kieran Hunt
      May 6, 2014 | 1:41 pm

      Hi Stacey,

      You’ll probably notice an improvement in clarity if you’ve developed an astigmatism and your new glasses correct for it. You probably have nothing to worry about – the glasses will feel clear and will probably take a day’s adjustment, like any new glasses. If you have problems with the prescription, however, I suggest you bring them back to the doctor to talk about it.

      Kieran Hunt

  16. Roy Smith
    May 8, 2014 | 4:34 pm

    Hi, I just got a new pair of glasses from a different eye doctor than my last glasses I got. With these new glasses I feel like am looking through a fish bowl. Its like everything is curved around me. The only difference is these new glasses has reflective coating stuff put on them, my old ones don’t. Do you think the reflective coating could be causing the fish bowl effect?

    • Kieran Hunt
      July 5, 2014 | 4:15 pm

      Hi Roy,

      It sounds like your doctor used a different base curve, which is the starting curvature of the front of the lens, to make your glasses. If you’re in a new frame and the frame is curved, it would make sense to use a more curved lens. If you’re in the same frame as before, it makes less sense but is not that uncommon.

      Anti-reflective coating would not cause the fishbowl effect.

      I suggest you go to the place you had your eyewear made and speak with them about your problem.

      Please let me know if you have any more questions.

      Kieran Hunt

    • Ivy
      October 31, 2014 | 1:06 am

      Hello Roy,

      I have the same problem since I recently got a new pair of glasses. Was it because of the curved lenses?


  17. James Fulton
    May 10, 2014 | 4:06 am


    I am brand new to wearing glasses. I got them today and everything was fine while I was in the store. Now everything in the distance is blurry. Could this be just the adjustment period I have been reading about or should I take them back and have them rechecked?

    Thank you.

    • Kieran Hunt
      July 5, 2014 | 4:16 pm

      Hi James,

      It definitely could be the adjustment period. If it’s still like that in a week or two, go back to the place you got the prescription and talk to them about your problems.

      Kieran Hunt

      • jessica
        March 24, 2017 | 10:51 pm

        i got my first new pair of glasses for the first time..
        my problem is i see blurry from far..
        i cant see number plates of cars from far my driving instructor told me if i cant see them i will not pass the exam.. gone for an eye check up turns out i need it glasses.. so my new glasses are giving me problems and im very worried 2nd day with glasses..from them i can see clearly colours much nicer then before.. but from far i still see number plates it normal please help going crazy over here and in 3weeks i have my drinving exam

        • Ryan Phillips
          March 30, 2017 | 9:04 pm

          Hi Jessica,

          Eyeglasses do take some time to get used to, especially if you have never worn glasses before. I wear glasses as well and can’t see signs far way until I’m almost on top of them. The only time I could see them far away is when I had contacts because the lens is resting on your eye. I would give it more than 2 days to adjust to your glasses. If after a week or 2 it isn’t getting better I would go back to your eye dr to have them recheck your eyes and just to double check the prescription in the lens and make sure it is correct.

  18. Jen
    June 2, 2014 | 10:03 pm

    I just received my first pair of progressive lenses a few days ago, and I know there is supposed to be an adjustment period. I had a bad headache by the end of the first day wearing them but haven’t had one since and am now trying to figure out how to look out of them as I switch back and forth from distance (computer) to nearness (paperwork). I did order them online and now realize I probably should have gone in person to get this first pair. Anyway, I was wondering if the problems continue if took the glasses to an optician with my prescription if they’d be able to tell me if the lens are correct?

    • Kieran Hunt
      June 25, 2014 | 1:25 pm

      Hi Jen,

      Yes, if you took the glasses to an optician you’d be able to determine if the lenses are correct. However, it is common in the optical world for opticians to claim that a prescription is wrong when it’s actually fine, because they want you to come to them for your glasses. So, it’s important to find an honest optician.

      Also, it sounds to me like your segment height is off. This would impact how well you’d be able to switch from distance to near vision while wearing the glasses. Since this was your first pair, I agree that getting them done in person would have been better, but for now you should get them checked out to see what a local optical professional has to say.

      Kieran Hunt

  19. Dennis
    June 11, 2014 | 9:22 pm

    Just came upon this site while looking for answers to my glasses issues. I recently had a dramatic change in glasses RX- Old +2.00 (L) +1.25 (R) add of 1.25. The Doc said I was an early presbyope at 38. Now 2 years later new RX + 0.75 (L) 0.50 (R) and add of 1.25. However, after wearing the new RX for more than a month to ensure proper adjustment, the eye strain and neausea with and without them does not seem to be getting better. The strain is centered in my mid forehead area. I am thinking of getting a second opinion.

    • Kieran Hunt
      June 25, 2014 | 1:26 pm

      Hi Dennis,

      It does sound like the doctor got your prescription wrong. I’d bring them back in ASAP to get them checked out, as the doctor may have a limit on how long you can wait before bringing them in before they’re out of warranty.

      Kieran Hunt

  20. jerry
    June 30, 2014 | 5:30 pm

    Just came upon this site while looking for answers to my glasses issues.
    I received a new prescription this weekend from a new eye doctor and had glasses made.
    I have problems now reading my computer screen and vision is also blurry when reading.
    My old prescription in June 2013 was, OD -350, CYLINDER -50, AXIS 95; OS -325, CYLINDER -50, AXIS 32.
    My new script reads od -350, cylinder -50, axis 104, os -325, cylinder off, axis off.
    Could the new script be causing the blurriness in my reading, I called the doctor and he told me that I needed reading glasses.
    I tried to explain to him I could read fine with my old glasses why would my reading vision be worse with new script? He had no answer , also said my astigmatism was mild so didn’t need to be treated in left eye, I am confused.
    Thank for your help.

    Jerry in NJ

    • Kieran Hunt
      July 5, 2014 | 4:09 pm

      Hi Jerry,

      Did you get bifocals on this prescription or your last prescription? Your prescription should probably have bifocals in order for you to be able to read.

      Kieran Hunt

  21. Rory
    July 1, 2014 | 1:10 am

    Hello, I got new glasses about a month back and they appeared to be fine, but in the last few days I have been experiencing ghost vision on my tv It only happens on a digital device or tv the writing will appear doubled and It gets worse at night is it my glasses ? My vision is fine when im not using my phone or watching tv but i also feel sime eye strain.

    • Kieran Hunt
      July 5, 2014 | 4:11 pm

      Hi Rory,

      It sounds like your glasses need anti-reflective coating to help with this distortion. This double image is caused by many types of lenses, but this can be avoided with anti-reflective coating most of the time. Did you get them from us? If so, you can send them back to get A/R in most cases.

      Kieran Hunt

      • Carl
        April 27, 2015 | 11:20 pm


        I am currently having the same problem as Rory. But I want to know if the cause could be an pd error? Asking because I know the value hade to be changed from my pd on 52 to 54 because of the chape of the bow.

  22. Amie
    July 3, 2014 | 3:57 am

    I got ‘new’ glasses a couple months ago ( Around 3 months ago ) and I wore them for a couple of days and suddenly forgot to wear them until now. I just recently put them on and noticed that my left eye felt uncomfortable when I put it on. I closed one of my eyes and when I blinked, my left eye went a tiny bit blurry for a second and returned to normal. I can see perfectly fine though besides the tiny blurriness that lasts for a second. Did my prescription change or is it just my eye trying to get used to it?

  23. Mila
    July 6, 2014 | 1:06 pm

    I’m a nearsighted and I received my new glasses two weeks ago, but I’m afraid I’ve got a wrong prescription. My left eye is weaker than the right one and when I wear my new glasses the right eye is stronger than the left so I have trouble when I take them off since its the opposite. I’m I putting pressure on my right or both eyes?

    • Mila
      July 6, 2014 | 9:59 pm

      Sorry I meant to say the left is the stronger when I wear my glasses.

  24. Emily
    July 7, 2014 | 3:58 pm

    I’m 18 and have been in and out of the eye doctor for the last two years for way more visits than I should have. I’ve found a new eye doctor and I got a prescription from him, which worked great for a few weeks and then I couldn’t see enough to feel safe driving at night. I got a new prescription, which was fine, and now everything has a bit of a glowy blurriness around it. Should I go back?

    • Kieran Hunt
      July 16, 2014 | 12:38 am

      Hi Emily,

      You should go back to the eye doctor immediately, as rapid changes in your vision can be a serious issue, and the eye doctor should look into what’s causing them.

      Kieran Hunt

  25. Lorraine
    July 8, 2014 | 9:35 am

    I feel my glasses are not right but am afraid to go back and tell them my problem as i’ve already been back twice and one of the manager’s make me feel like i’m just being a nuisance! My eyes are very uncomfortable and i just can’t deal with it any longer! What do i do?

    • Kieran Hunt
      July 16, 2014 | 12:40 am

      Hi Lorraine,

      It’s unfortunate that the manager made you feel that way. My personal opinion is that your vision is of paramount importance, and it’s the optician’s responsibility to do right by you and make you a usable pair of glasses so you can see. Go back, and if the manager gives you attitude, tell them you wouldn’t be coming back if they’d given you usable glasses.

      Kieran Hunt

  26. Todd
    July 12, 2014 | 9:29 pm

    I have recently started wearing glasses again after a two year gap. I was told I have developed a significant stigma in my left eye. It seems now with the glasses on I am having an issue with my computer screens and the way they look. I am getting a keystone effect when I change the way my head is looking at the screen. right side of If I close one eye (either one) this effect disappears. It only looks that way through both lenses at the same time. Also getting headaches behind the left eye, but expected those for the change period.

    • Kieran Hunt
      July 16, 2014 | 12:41 am

      Hi Todd,

      All of that is normal for the change period. If they still feel wrong or give you problems after a week or two of wearing them regularly, I suggest going back to where you got them to have the prescription checked.

      Kieran Hunt

  27. Cathryne
    July 17, 2014 | 2:58 am

    Ok so today I got new glasses (I haven’t had new glasses in a few years) I’m also a contact wearer and I’ve only had contacts for about a year now. Well anyway so ya I got new glasses today and they make me have a slight headache and nausea when I wear them. They also make bright objects appear to have a yellow and blue line on the sides of the object. I think they might’ve messed up where my pupil was but I’m not entirely sure. They also make the screen of my iphone appear to tilt to the right of the screen. Please help!

  28. Cathryne
    July 17, 2014 | 3:01 am

    Oh ya I forgot to mention I’m pretty sure the last thing is a keystone effect. And when I look through one or the other it looks fine but when I look through them together it makes me nauseous

  29. Cathryne
    July 17, 2014 | 3:07 am

    Oh ya sorry one more thing I’m nearsighted

    • Ryan Phillips
      July 21, 2014 | 6:38 pm


      Sounds like something is not right it could be a bunch of different things causing your problems. Is this a new prescription from the doctor. If so make sure its correct. If the rx is correct go back to where you got your glasses and double check to see if they are correct.

      • Cathryne
        August 6, 2014 | 4:39 am

        Thank you for your answer but I think it’s just I get nauseas when ever I switch from glasses to contacts or the opposite,because of the depth perception difference makes me have a headache and nauseas (note if I atleast switch from glasses to contacts atleast pence a month it’s fine


  30. Mila
    July 20, 2014 | 5:08 am

    You probably didn’t see my question so I’ll ask again.
    I’m nearsighted and my left eye is weaker than my right and when I got my glasses the lens of my left eye is stronger than my right so it’s the opposite of my vision. I don’t know if both lenses should be the same. I’m I putting pressure on my eyes? Would my left eye get worse?
    Thank you.

    • Ryan Phillips
      July 21, 2014 | 6:36 pm

      You prescription can be different in both eye’s there could be something wrong with your Rx. I would suggest you going back to the eye doctor to check everything out.

  31. Kristi Baker
    July 29, 2014 | 6:36 pm

    I received an eye exam and two new pairs of glasses (one pair of clears, one pair of sunglasses) about a year ago. The clear glasses I see perfectly out of, but the sunglasses I don’t. They are not as clear as my old prescription nor the new clear glasses I received. I have taken the glasses to two different places and they say the prescription is the same. If it is, then why don’t I see the same with both pairs of glasses? The prescription is as follows:

    Clear glasses
    Right SPH -1.25
    CYL -1.00
    AXS 103 degrees
    PD 29.5
    Left SPH +0.00
    CYL -.50
    AXS 65 degrees
    PD 30.5

    Right SPH -1.25
    CYL -1.00
    AXS 102 degrees
    PD 31.0
    Left SPH +0.00
    CYL -.50
    AXS 67 degrees
    PD 29.0

    Please help because everyone thinks I’m crazy, but I know my eyes and those sunglasses are not right. Thank you!

    • Kieran Hunt
      August 7, 2014 | 2:17 am

      Hi Kristi,

      It sounds like you’re having a problem with adjusting to a curved lens, which most sunglasses have.

      Are the sunglasses a wraparound style, or do they have curved lenses? If so, the curvature of the lenses could be the source of your problems. Some people’s eyes can’t adjust to curved lenses. This is because the eye performs differently when looking through curved prescription lenses compared to flat prescription lenses, even though the prescription may be the same. The curvature of the lens has an effect on how your eyes work because your eyes move, and whenever they do they need to refocus in a different way because they’re looking through the lens at a different angle.

      Some people’s eyes can adjust to this different perspective with no problem. Other people’s eyes simply cannot adjust, no matter how long they try to use the eyewear. If this is the case for you, it simply means that you can only use prescription sunglasses in flat frames, such as the classes “wayfarer” style that the Blues Brothers wore.

      Let me know if you have other questions, or if you believe that this is not the answer to your problem.

      Kieran Hunt

  32. Gavin White
    July 30, 2014 | 3:09 pm

    I recently got 3 new Paris of glasses. One for normal activity one for work (safety glasses) and some sun glasses. All 3 are supposed to be the same prescription but the sun glasses are causing serious problem. Basically the vision I get from them is not even comparable to my other pairs of glasses. I’ve had three different frames now and 4 sets of lenses and the problem is still there. We’re all total baffled as to what’s causing this and it’s most annoying as I have to wear a really old pair of sunglasses that was at least two prescriptions different to this one. Any advice greatly appreciated.

    • Kieran Hunt
      August 7, 2014 | 2:09 am

      Hi Gavin,

      Are the sunglasses a wraparound style, with curved lenses? That could definitely be the source of your problems. Some people cannot adjust to curved lenses, as your eyes need to perform differently and respond in a different way when looking through a curved prescription. Some people’s eyes take to this with no problem, but others simply can’t adjust to it. You may be having this problem. If that’s the case, you’ll need to order your sunglasses in a flat frame like a wayfarer (Blues Brothers sunglasses).

      Kieran Hunt

  33. Pat DePaolo
    August 5, 2014 | 12:28 pm

    Just wondering. If you see better when you pull your prescription glasses slightly away from your eyes, does that mean the prescription is too weak or too strong? Thanks.

    • Kieran Hunt
      August 7, 2014 | 2:07 am

      Hi Pat,

      That generally means that the pupil distance is not correct on the glasses or that the optical center of the lenses are in the wrong places. You should take them back to the place you got them to have them evaluated for this.

      Kieran Hunt

      • Lisa W
        November 4, 2014 | 2:03 pm

        Glad to see this question brought up as I have the same problem! I have been dealing with this since getting my glasses earlier this year and it’s driving me crazy!

  34. Ray Harrison
    August 13, 2014 | 12:39 am

    I am 42 years old ,I recently went to the eye doctor (for the first time in my life) because I have been having a hard time reading small print like newspapers and books and also I can’t read a thing with my right eye, it is very blurry but my left eye is not that bad and as long as I have both eyes open I can see fine for the most part except small print. The optometrist gave me a prescription of Right Eye +3.00 and Left Eye +1.00 and told me to wear my glasses full time.Do I really need to wear my glasses full time since my left I isn’t that bad?

    • Kieran Hunt
      August 25, 2014 | 2:17 am

      Hi Ray,

      Without knowing your full situation, I really can’t say whether you need to wear them full-time. I suggest following your eye doctor’s advice, as he/she probably told you to wear them that often for a specific reason.

      Please let us know if you have more questions!

      Kieran Hunt

  35. Nicky Lowe
    August 13, 2014 | 2:02 pm

    Hi there
    I’ve just got my first pair of perscription reading glasses after wearing cheap $20 Kmart ones…stupid I know !!! But I’m finding that I prefer the cheap ones-the clarity and size of the text is perfect (with the cheap ones ) where as the clarity of the perscrition ones is not as good,I’ve been back twice to the opticitions and feel like I should go to a different optician.The frames are quite big,so I’m not sure if this makes any difference. Is this just an adjustment period or should I go back again?? Thanks Nicky

    • Kieran Hunt
      August 25, 2014 | 2:27 am

      Hi Nicky,

      If you’re doing fine with the cheap readers, I don’t think you need to get prescription glasses. Plenty of people have this issue. If you have trouble reading for long periods or get headaches or eye pain from reading for a long time, you should probably just find a new eye doctor and try to get a prescription that works for you.

      Please let us know if you have more questions!

      Kieran Hunt

      • bob acosta
        September 6, 2016 | 2:44 am

        Not easy to change opticians; if you find a good place that does not take your insurance.

        • Ryan Phillips
          September 15, 2016 | 12:46 pm

          With some insurance companies if you explain the situation you are in, they may work with you on switching drs and allowing you to get a new eye exam. I have seen that done in the past for some people.

  36. Jen
    August 16, 2014 | 5:10 pm

    I’ve had a huge problem getting glasses this time around. The people at the shop where I had my exam and bought new frames were certain that it was a lens problem, not a prescription problem. Three changes later (after changing lens material, then PD, then correcting an anti-reflective coating error), and the distance in my left eye still isn’t as sharp as it should be (even though those changes did help a bit). I can get by since my right eye is fine, but it feels like my left is straining.

    I don’t have the time or patience or trust at this point to go back to the same shop for yet another change, and if it IS a prescription error, I’m worried that I’d go through a few more pairs trying to get the lenses right!

    With my vision insurance plan, it would actually be cheaper to order a couple of glasses online with tweaked prescriptions than get reexamined at a different optician’s and pay for new frames / lenses there.

    So, my 2-year old prescription:

    OD -4, -1.5, 85

    OS -4, -0.5, 100

    My recent (and not quite right) prescription:

    OD -4, -1.25, 84

    OS -4.5, -.75, 114

    It’s this left eye I’m having a problem with, chiefly for distance (though titles on books about 5 feet away form me are a bit blurry, too). It’s not ideal, but I could order one or two pairs online with different prescriptions. Should I tweak the sphere a bit to -4.75? Are the changes in axis and cylinder really big enough to question their accuracy or the impact they’d have on sharpness of image? If so, should I order a pair that tweaks one or both of those numbers a bit?

    I know getting re-examined by an optician would be ideal, but I just don’t want to have to drive out to this eye doctor’s place for…the 9th time? Especially if they screw up the lenses on the new prescription 3 more times!

    • Kieran Hunt
      August 25, 2014 | 2:34 am

      Hi Jen,

      You can try to tweak your prescription, but it’s really a gamble as to whether you’re going to make it work. It could be the sphere, cylinder, or axis.

      You can at least test the axis. With your right eye closed, rotate the glasses while they’re on your face so that they tilt with your left eye as the center of the turn. Turn them slowly in both directions (lift them off your right ear while letting them press down on your left ear, then do the opposite) to see if that helps your clarity. If it doesn’t you can rule out axis as being the problem.

      Do you see more clearly out of your left with your old prescription? If so, you might want to consider averaging the two prescriptions, or just getting the old prescription in the left eye.

      You’re right, the ideal situation is to go to an optometrist and get it fixed by a doctor. I recommend that. However, if you really want to try to order glasses and risk it, try these things and let us know if it works!


  37. Pam PBD
    August 17, 2014 | 11:50 am

    I am having problems with my new glasses.I am having trouble focusing on distance when driving. Reading and near distance is ok but when it comes to looking in the distance for driving I am struggling to focus. I have been back and had the lens remade but am experiencing the same thing with the new lens. Just where do I go now??

    • Kieran Hunt
      August 25, 2014 | 2:30 am

      Hi Pam,

      Do you have progressive bifocals, and is it your first time getting them? If so, you may be having a hard time adapting to them.

      Otherwise, it could be that your frame is too curved, or you need a new optometrist :(

      I hope this helps! Please let me know if you have more questions.

      Kieran Hunt

  38. Abirami
    August 20, 2014 | 9:32 am

    My prescription has been changed and I have got a new glasses yesterday. But whatever I’m seeing with this spects, that the images are bit stretched. For ex. The Round shaped watch is looking bit oval shaped even a human faces. I’m so confused whether the prescription are wrong or the lense is less qualitied one or its nothing but just a new spects effect. Please help me to rectify the problem.

    And my power is -3.25 for on OD and -2.00 on OS both axis 105 sph for OD is -0.75 and OS is +0.00 and its a single vision.

  39. sam
    August 29, 2014 | 6:29 pm

    Hi Kieran,
    Please can you help?
    I had an eye test last September at my local Opticians and because the cost of varyfocal prescription was high it wasn’t until this June that I was able to afford them (£800).

    But instead of going back to the local Optician to make up the spectacles (they couldn’t get the right frames for me)I went into town and had them made up there.

    Since having these new specs I have been suffering from migraines and really horrendous headaches. A few days ago I closed my right eye and looked through the left finding my vision blurred. When I swapped eyes, the right eye is fine and clear.

    Today, I returned to the local Opticians and had my specs checked alongside the prescription and found that they don’t match. She said I see better through the lens of the prescription rather than through my specs, she says there is a little deterioration in the left eye but unsure at this moment as to why.

    I have been asked to go back in tomorrow to have another eye check, just to check for eye health, etc.

    The problem I face is what rights do I have to have to ask for the lens to be changed free of charge(at the in-town Optician) and as they need to be sent away to be changed I have no other specs to wear until they come back. I go back to work next week which will make things very tricky, to say the least.

    What kind of compensation can I ask for, if any?
    I would be extremely grateful for your advice.

  40. Jessica Anne
    September 3, 2014 | 5:01 pm

    Did you buy them through us? If so call our customer service reps so they can assist you in correcting this error. If you bought them else where then I suggest you go back to the original place that made the glasses and see what they can do for you. Be sure to have your eyes examined yearly. Some places offer a warranty check with them.

  41. Ivon
    September 12, 2014 | 8:53 am

    I just got my new glasses but I see everything tilted to the left. It seems that I will fall when I am with them.I am 15 years old and I am wearing glasses from 4th grade but I haven’t exprerienced something like that. The interesting thing is that for a first time the optalmologist told me that I have astigmatism. Is this normal?

  42. Anna
    September 12, 2014 | 6:15 pm

    Hi Kieran,

    I recently got a new prescription in my glasses, and it’s great. However, I also got new sunglasses with the same prescription, and something is wrong with them. Specifically in my right eye, it’s blurry. The prescription was double checked to make sure that they’re the same, and they tried adjusting the lenses in the frames, but they’re still bothering me. What could this be?


  43. orin
    September 15, 2014 | 8:04 pm


    I recently got a new pair of glasses, I was using the same pair of lenses for seven years and never had the prescription updated. It was a narrow frame, with polycarbonate lenses…I recently got reexamined….and the left eye prescription stayed the same but the right eye prescription increased. Because of the new lenses I was advised to get high index lenses, I also selected a more modern, larger rectangular frame. The prob is I have been having issues returning to “normal” vision…sometimes I feel I’m having issues with depth perception… Especially up close…far off everything is fine. Also my right eye hurts and goes red. Are all these an adjustment side effect? And if not how long should I wait to adjust, its been about ten days…thankz

  44. Adam
    November 1, 2014 | 11:00 am

    So I received glasses after 2 years of contacts. I put them o and my left eye is Crystal clear where as my right eye sees worse with the glasses on. Not to mention the fact that things are distorted (warped if you will) through my right eye. I was told to wear them a week, but its so bad through my right eye that I believe there’s no way the lab got that lense right. What do I do?

  45. Janet
    November 4, 2014 | 8:37 pm

    This is the third year in a row that I have gotten a bad pair of progressive lenses. Just last week, I picked up my new glasses. Horrible headache, eye strain, etc. I closed my left eye and the right eye looks great – distance, mid and reading. When I close the right eye, and look just through my left, distance and reading are ok but I actually have to turn my head slightly to the right to have clear mid-vision. What could be wrong? The prescription axis or cylindar adjustments or were the glasses measured wrong on my eye? Every year it’s a problem with the left eye. I just don’t understand why they can’t get it right. Please help. I’m going back to the store on Saturday to try to get the problem resolved. So frustrating. Thank you.

  46. joanna
    November 7, 2014 | 10:11 pm

    Hello i just got my new glasses i am a beginer to glasses. So i do see better but also blurry still with the tv guide and menus. Like i see an extra level of letters on top of letters. If that makes sense so i was wondering if i still need time.

  47. Michelle
    November 8, 2014 | 1:37 pm

    Hello. I was wondering… I am a migraine sufferer. I recently got a pair of progressive lenses that I just could not handle. I had migraines every day. It took some convincing, but the eye care place finally believed me and suggested bifocals instead. I have tried the bifocals forma week now and have had horrible headaches or migraines every day. There are places in the lenses that I see double and I am not sure, but maybe the bifocal line is too high. I feel like I have to look up a lot. The line is very distracting. Can you tell me if I am just not giving it enough time, if maybe something needs to be fixed or if I just need to go back to regular glasses? I don’t think the difference in the prescription is very different right now. Thank you for your consideration.

  48. Nicole M
    November 12, 2014 | 3:49 am

    I just got my first pair of glasses yesterday. The Dr told me I am near sighted and have astigmatism. It’s a small prescription. He said my left eye is a little bit worse but to come back and we will adjust after I get my glasses. Well from the moment I put on my glasses I see crisp and clear in the left but my right eye is like it ant focus. When I close my right eye, my left is fine. And when I close my left eye, my right seems to be fine. But when both eyes are open my right is like there is something blocking my sight, it’s kind of fuzzy and just not focusing. It hurts and when I take them off it takes a long time for my right eye to feel and see normal again. Could my right be over prescribed or wrong prescription or wrong pupil distance? How long should I wait before I go back? Thanks.

  49. Dylan
    November 18, 2014 | 4:23 pm

    I’ve been wearing glasses/contacts for 10 years now. I recently went to the doctor for a routine exam. My prescription changes from -1.00 in left and 1.75 in right to -1.25 left and -1.50 in the right. My right eye has typically been the stronger of the two, but according to the recent exam I was surprised to see it’s no longer the case. After trying the new prescription contact lenses (acuvue oasys, same I’ve always used) I noticed that my left eye contact had a more crisp, clear focus. The right eye, however, felt much different. MY ability to focus on objects 10 feet away and 20 feet away was not as strong as I could with my old prescription. There were times with my left eye closed that my right eye almost felt as though I had a fish-eye lens on. Reason enough to have it rechecked?

  50. Jessica
    December 8, 2014 | 4:14 pm

    I would consider calling your Dr. and having your RX looked at. Explain what you are experiencing to your Dr, most Dr’s will have no problem rechecking your eyes.

  51. Irish
    December 9, 2014 | 10:06 pm

    Hi, its my first time wearing eye glasses, i never wore eye glasses before, and i got my first pair of eye glasses yesterday,when i check it yesterday in the optical store my glasses seems fine and have no problem same as when i have my eye test ,then when i used my eye glasses i feel dizziness and when i look at on the floor its like uneven,is it normal that i feel those things for the first timer like me??and is it just a part of adjustment period??

  52. Sophie
    December 17, 2014 | 6:57 pm

    I got two pair of eyeglasses today (sunglasses and regular), and the sunglasses aren’t right at all. the store double checked the glasses and said they were identical prescriptions in both sets. (she used that little microscope-looking machine to check.) However one is definitely worse than the other. I have a bad astigmatism (4.75) and have worn glasses for over 30 years- this is the worst transition I’ve ever experienced. They want me to wait a week to see if it’s still bad, but the fact that one is OK and the other isn’t, is troubling.
    So, my question is- does the astigmatism make it difficult to check if prescriptions are the same? is there anything that could make them be the same prescription, but have such different results when I look out of them?

    thanks for any insight!

  53. Amanda
    December 19, 2014 | 3:24 am

    I have a really really strong prescription that -7 in one eye and -8 in the other including prisims in both lens which also changed by .5 . I just got my new prescription almost 2 weeks ago and I’m only having problems with seeing electronic devices clearly. Like for Is this a problem with the prescription or just getting used to the new lens? Any help would be greatly appreciated bc I’ve already seen the eye doctor twice now and they just can’t seem to figure it out.

  54. molly
    December 24, 2014 | 5:08 am

    Glasses Prescription 12/2/2014 as written by doctor.
    Rx Spherical Cylindrical Axis
    Dist PL +1.50 005
    Dist -0.25 +1.25 165
    Near +2.50
    Near +2.50

    The following is what my glasses were filled as. I questioned why the prescription was changed and they optician said it was filled correctly and the numbers were changed for reasons I would not understand unless I was in the optical profession.
    I had a plano sphere in the rt. eye and it was changed to a +1.50 and the left eye had a sphere of -0.25 and they changed it to +1.0 It looks like everything was changed. Please tell me if the prescription was filled correctly.

    This is the way the prescription was filled.

    Rx Spherical Cylindrical Axis
    Dist +1.50 -1.50 95
    Dist +1.0 -1.25 75
    Near +2.50
    Near +2.50

  55. Jessica
    January 7, 2015 | 5:07 pm

    Did you purchase the glasses from us?

  56. Kara
    January 17, 2015 | 5:23 am

    Hi! I wear mainly contacts but am trying to wear my glasses more. My contacts prescription hasn’t changed but my glasses prescription has. I’ve gone from 8 in my right eye to 8.25, and my left eye remains at 8. I’m wondering if my right eye will eventually become weaker from wearing the glasses causing my contact prescription to go up as well, which is now -7 in each eye.

    Thank you!

  57. Clarisse
    January 19, 2015 | 7:03 am

    This is my third glasses. I had wear glasses for about 13 years. For my first and second glasses, my myopia had stayed 1.00 for both eyes. I just got my new glasses two weeks ago.

    My latest prescription as below:
    Left: 0.00-0.25
    Right: 0.50-0.75

    Left: 0.50
    Right: 0.75

    My new glasses are (myopia, astigmatism):
    Left: 0.25, 0.50
    Right: 0.50, 0.75

    I realised that my new glasses are lack of focus, and I felt dizzy and headache after wearing the new glasses for a while, or when I turned my head.

    I see clearer with either eye (although I think my right eye’s vision is not clear enough, but my optician told me that I do not need to get the full power for my right eye), but with both eyes, the vision is blurry.

    I noticed that there are some difference between the focal points of my new and old glasses.
    New glasses (Left, Right):90,90
    Old glasses (Left, Right): 85,90

    My old glasses are as follow (Myopia, Astigmatism):
    Left: 1.00, 0.25
    Right: 1.00, 0.50

    Because recently my left eye was very uncomfortable when using the old glasses, that’s why I went to get a new glasses. The optician was very surprised when he noticed there is improvement to my myopia.

    Could you help to identify the problem of my new glasses?

    Many thanks.

  58. Jessica
    January 21, 2015 | 3:05 pm

    Personally, I am really not too familiar with Myopia. Make sure you have your prescription checked in your new glasses to make sure it matches your RX. Sometimes a small adjustment in the glasses or frame style can distort the prescription.

  59. kendra
    January 24, 2015 | 7:07 pm

    I recently had my annual eye exam and received a new perscription. I got one pair of glasses that are fine and I wanted another pair of frames to switch between and I also have perscription sunglasses. I have no problems with the sunglasses or the one frame but the other frame feels strange when I put them on. Things are not blurry but I get a headache and it feels like my perception is off. The eye glass lady said give it a week to adjust, but why would I need to adjust if it’s all the same perscription and I don’t have the problem with the other pair of glasses or sunglasses…

  60. Jessica
    January 28, 2015 | 2:45 pm

    Sometimes the style of the frame can distort the vision especially if it is a wrap style frame.

  61. sam
    February 5, 2015 | 5:50 pm

    In june of last year,(i attended opticians because there was a screw loose in my glasses frame, so I thought I would get a new pair. I had my eyes tested and I got a new prescription for glasses. They seemed blurry from the moment I put them on and I was advised that my eyes would adjust in a couple of weeks. Still wearing same glasses six months later. This did not happen and over the last few months my sensitivity to sunlight has increased. I am 26 years old.

  62. ellen bowman
    February 10, 2015 | 2:02 pm

    I ordered my new progressive glasses online. The distance view is fine but the close up is only clear in a small pinpoint area.The edges are blurry on either side of the Small clear area. its like “tunnel vision” can you tell me what the problem is?

  63. Ashita
    February 11, 2015 | 11:52 am


    I recently got new glasses.But my problem i am unable to adjust with it.Whenever i wore it i feel like nausea and a minor headache.I feel like sleepy.Is there any problem? Should i concerned with a doctor or not?

    Thanking You


  64. Jessica
    February 11, 2015 | 3:42 pm

    Did you place the order with us? If so we can absolutely be able to help you out…if not, then you might want to have the prescription rechecked from where you ordered it.

  65. Ian
    February 12, 2015 | 11:29 am

    Hi,so I had been wearing glasses already and then my eyesight begin to weaken a little. I went to the doctor and he examined me and the gave me the prescription to wear new glasses with different powers i.e cylindrical and spherical When i got my new glasses from the glasses shop.I wore them but they aren’t right i can see good at a distance but from a near distance or reading distance i can’t focus or see properly its blurry,another problem is that at the edges its blurry and not clear when i move my it feels quit weird.Its like tunnel vision.Please help me. What is the problem.Should I go to another doctor or what? Please hlep me? Thanks.

  66. Keith
    February 16, 2015 | 3:39 pm

    I got a new prescription a few weeks ago and had it filled two days ago. Yesterday I wore my new glasses and everything was fine, however today I can’t see out of them at all. everything is blurry no matter what I do. I have been diagnosed with Keratoconus and Catoracts. And I have extreme astigmatism. So my question is what could cause me from seeing perfectly one day, to total blurriness the next after getting a new prescription?

  67. L
    February 19, 2015 | 9:22 am

    Last year, I had Cataract Surgery done in both eyes. Since I had begun struggling with getting glasses, it was time. Unbeknownst to me, I later found that the 1st surgery was not done very well by the first Dr., having the 2nd surgery done by a different Dr., who performed this with Laser equipment. (My left eye is “as good as it gets”, with major floaters and who knows what else). I also have Astigmatism.

    Anyway, after attempting to get Progressive glasses since, I have had problems with the first pair, then after having the Prescription checked and remade, I’m still having trouble. (The issue is, that is seems the intermediate range is completely missing, though distance is okay and reading level is hit or miss). I do have a pair for computer use, which is okay. (I have been in the habit of seeing even more closely without glasses, like right now to use my iPad).

    After allowing time for adjustment twice, I returned to the Ophthamalogist who said that the lens prescription was a bit high, lowering it again. (His assistant had checked my vision and then glasses, in three different machines, having slightly different readings). When I returned to their Optical dept., the optician said “the prescription was so close”, talking me out of bothering. When I suggested a Lined Bifocal or Trifocal, thinking it would be easier for me at this stage (having seen others’ similar experiences), she was not receptive to what I expressed – maybe a “household usage pair” or “occupational”, to focus on intermediate views. Since the glasses have been made twice, they will not replace them, either. Being unsure of what my actual needs are nowadays, I feel that an Optician might help assess that better and maybe some do.

    Let me say, for years I had worn Single, then Lined Bifocals and Trifocals, then Progressive lenses, never having difficulties adjusting in the past. (Prior to my surgeries, I found I was better off returning to a distance-only pair for a while).

    At this point, I feel stuck with lenses that are not entirely wearable, feeling like I am generally in a fog to perform household tasks, see store shelves or 24″ to the bathroom mirror, for instance. I am also concerned about taking my prescription elsewhere to have glasses made, not knowing if I will have trouble with those, also. (I don’t have $$ to keep getting new glasses). Honestly, my vision has not been what it once was and just want to be able to see properly again. Am I just having to accept yet another change, due to aging?

    Sorry for length and thanks for your help. : )

  68. Kelsey
    February 25, 2015 | 11:27 am

    Hi. I went to a new eye doctor and he told me that my vision has gotten “a little worse” and that I needed new glasses. When I asked for the prescription though he didn’t want me to have a copy. Well, I insisted, and when I got home, I realized it’s exactly the same as my old one, which I did give to him. The only thing that changed was the axis, from 170 to 175. Did this really warrant me needing new glasses? I didn’t have any issues with my old ones.

    My prescription is
    Right: -.25 x -1.75 x 175
    Left: -.75

    Thank you.

  69. Jessica
    February 25, 2015 | 7:15 pm

    You can have your prescription checked where you bought them. If a lab made the prescription wrong then THEY should cover the cost of the lenses.

  70. Laura
    March 8, 2015 | 4:32 am

    I have had progressive lenses for a year with no problems, although I didn’t wear them all the time (but did for a few hours a day). With this year’s exam, the doc said my left eye had “significant changes” in distance and astigmatism and my right eye changed some. I got my new progressive glasses and have worn them all day for 2 days. They didn’t seem right from the first moment but have been giving it a good try. My right eye seems fine for close, midrange, and distance. My left eye seems fine for close and midrange (i.e. the computer), but distance is awful! Extremely blurry. I can see much better without these glasses! I’m walking around dizzy, no way can I drive with them (luckily I don’t NEED to), and I have a constant headache.
    My doctor’s office said to give it about 2 weeks to get “adjusted”, but this doesn’t seem right. Should I insist on a repeat appointment to be checked out this week or wait for the 2 weeks? I cover my left eye and see fine. I cover my right and see fuzzy images. Looking through both I feel cross-eyed and strained.

  71. Raymond
    March 17, 2015 | 12:07 am

    Hello, this is day 4 of having my first pair of glasses, I’ve been reading other comments and my symptoms are similar to others on here, blurry vision, dizziness, etc, what I’m asking is if I wait a week to go back after adjustment period and it is wrong, did I cause any damage to my eyes for wearing the wrong percription ?

  72. Erin
    March 17, 2015 | 11:12 pm

    I just recently went to the eye doctor for the first time and was given a very slight prescription. Like I said, it’s small, just enough to be annoying, but each eye is different. I wore them all day for three days with no trouble and now today, the fourth day, I have a terrible headache and I feel nauseous. Is it likely the prescription is wrong or is this normal for an adjustment period?

  73. Jessica
    March 18, 2015 | 3:36 pm

    Sometimes it takes time to adjust to a new RX, is the frame a wrap around style because that can make your vision distorted. I would have the Dr. recheck the RX in the frame.

  74. Brandi
    March 20, 2015 | 11:09 pm


    My name is Brandi. I went to the eye doctor almost two months ago, and my prescription was increased. Ever since then, I have had severe migraines, nausea, and the feeling of being light headed. I cannot seem to function right. What could be the cause?

  75. Abdoulie Jabang
    March 31, 2015 | 3:18 pm


    I started using a lens of -0.50 but when i wear it, it reduces the size of my computer and makes it difficult for me to read because of headache and dizziness. Also, when I wear it, my laptop screen looks like it is bent outward. This is my first time to use lens and my eyes are really paining me. I need your suggestion.


  76. Abdoulie Jabang
    March 31, 2015 | 3:19 pm

    Oh sorry, my lens is -1.50

  77. David I
    April 9, 2015 | 6:00 pm

    I have NEVER had an axis value in my left eye and only a -0.50 in my right.

    My new prescription from yesterday now shows “077″ for my left eye.

    Is that normal??

    Thank you!

  78. jonathan
    April 16, 2015 | 3:57 pm

    Hi. I got new glasses a week ago. There is a slight change in both eyes. I’m still adjusting to the change. The fish bowl effect and depth perception is better now. Just one problem
    It feels like there is a smudge on my right lense and it’s irritating my eye. But the lense is clean. There is nothing on the lense. What could this be?

  79. Dawn
    April 20, 2015 | 12:50 am

    I just got my first pair of glasses since high school. I got them on a Thursday and am writing this on Sunday. The doctor said to take a week to adjust but… things that are lit (headlights, traffic lights, house lights) seem more starry. Also, and maybe more troublesome, when I have my laptop on my lap, it doesn’t look like a rectangle. The right side of the screen appears taller than the left and the keyboard appears skewed as well. Furthmore, when I’m walking I feel a little off balance. Should I continue to wait out the week?

  80. Brianna
    April 24, 2015 | 1:24 am


    My name is Brianna, three weeks ago I went to the optometrist as my single vision lens for reading etc were no longer effective as I was experiencing headaches wearing them for a prolonged amount of time.
    I was told my prescription needed to be stronger and they suggested to get the bifocal lenses. When I first received the glasses back I was feeling very cross-eyed and unfocused when wearing them. When I took the glasses back, they found that the lenses were made incorrectly, they sent them to be remade. Two days ago I collected the glasses again, as much as I feel like these are somewhat better, I am still experiencing a lack of focus and I feel like my vision is delayed…As soon as I put the glasses on my eyes are irritated and watery. I did go back to the optometrist to tell them exactly this but I was shut down and told that they should be fine and give it more time.
    I understand that you need to get used to glasses, I am just unsure if these glasses are right for me.
    Is it likely the prescription or lenses that are wrong or should I give it a longer adjustment time?

  81. maria
    May 6, 2015 | 7:14 pm


    My name is Maria and Ive had this problem with my vision for a while. I have bad vision had to wear glasses since i was 9 I am 25 yrs now and every time i go to the optometrist my vision worsens usually within 6 months my vision changes i am extremely nearsighted have really high astigmatism ive been advised to get lasik surgery since i was in high school but i havent had the founds for it. Anyways recently about 6 months ago i was having blurry vision on the upper left side of my left eye so i got a bit scared thinking it might be my retina so i went to my doctor he said it was an aura caused by migraines, stress or high levels of hormones. Again didnt have the money to get test done from my regular doctor, but he did test me and my vision had changed from the previous time about 6-8 months now i wear synergise hd duet contacts expensive as can be but all other generic contacts for astigmatism didnt work they would move out of place when i would blink and not go back to its regular position really dangerous for driving ive been wearing this type for years first the regular synergise cotancts then the hd duets. its been about 8 months with this new prescription since i had that aura but now when i put my contacts on after only 2-4 hours they get so dry on my eyes uncomfortable also ive been really dizzy headaches and when i try to take them out they are so stuck in my eyes that it hurts i have to make my self cry to moisten them regular eye rewetting drops dont work, so my question should i pay a visit to my doctor could this be an ear infection for the dizzines and headache and to my optometrist too maybe my vision has changed? also the prescription in my regular glasses is really old about 3 years i dont wear them that much just when i take off my contacts to go to bed i cant afford both contacts and glasses at the same time i opted out for contacts but maybe i should just go back to glasses until i have the founds for lasik.

  82. Ron
    May 31, 2015 | 6:21 am

    I am 45 years old.When I first got glasses,it was because I would have distance blur,after doing close work.
    For several years I had glasses for farsightedness,or so I was told. They never were totally comfortable,so I only used them for extended close work,and they did not do much as far as the distance blur.
    For the past year I have had to do extensive computer work,and found that my distance vision was blurring after such work.
    I went for an exam,and was told that I am moderately nearsighted,and was given glasses that are -1.50 for each eye.My distance vision is now incredibly sharp,and no blur after close work,but it took some getting used to reading with the glasses.the doctor wants me to wear them for all near,and far activities.
    My concern is that after wearing them for only two weeks,my vision at any distance is very blurred when I take them off,which was never the case with the previous glasses.
    The doctor commented that I have adult onset myopia.
    Would this be considered a strong prescription for a first pair,and will the prescription increase with time?

  83. Hunter
    June 3, 2015 | 2:54 am

    Hi I’m Hunter. I wore glasses for 6 years then switched to contacts every single day and didn’t wear my glasses. Recently my perception was changed to worse. I just got new glasses with the new perception and tried them on. Everything felt like a fish bowl and walking down steps and forward was weird and challenging. the same prescription was placed into my contacts (or what they told me). Could I just be getting used to the new glasses or were they different?

  84. Ophelia
    June 28, 2015 | 1:40 am


    I’m Ophelia. I’m fourteen, and recently I paid a visit to my eye doctor. My eyesight has indeed worsen due to thr fact that I wasn’t taking my previous prescription seriously.

    I have 2.75 on one eye and 2.25 on the other. My eye dpctor recommended a 3.25 grade but I found the 2.75 more comfortable.

    I just recently noticed that the screen of my iPad appears somewhat convex, and my depth perception has slightly altered, although I don’t find both of these as much as a bother. I don’t ever feel nausea, though.

    Is this just part of the so-called ‘adjustment period’ or is it the fact that my glasses prescription is wrong?

  85. Evelyn
    July 21, 2015 | 6:37 pm

    Is it really the prescription that is wrong or the labs materials used? I use progressive glasses. Recently, got a new prescription and the changes were mild. This is the second pair that I have and still cannot see as with my older progressive ones.

  86. Michael M.
    August 6, 2015 | 6:24 am

    Hi. I am a new glasses wearer. There were some things I didn’t know about, so feel free to laugh and enjoy this! I got my first pair of glasses last Sunday. They were comfortable, but after a couple days I started to realize that if I squint a bit that my vision was perfectly clear. I went back to express this, and they said that they could boost the prescription by one strength. Things looked sharper, but still not clear unless I squinted. They then told me, which I didn’t know because I am new to this, that I needed to sit it out and allow my eyes to get used to the glasses. I am willing to do that now, however, I have realized two other things. The eyeglasses-looking device they put on you to try out different lens strengths – it sat further from my eyes than my actual glasses do, and sure enough, if I pull my glasses further away from my eyes, down my nose, it’s perfect. Is it possible they didn’t keep something like that in mind? Is that something my eyes can get used to? Also, I was told that a slightly weaker Rx is best. If that’s the case, should I have stayed at the original Rx? Is this second Rx too strong? I’m not sure where I’m at with this. Advice would be awesome. Thanks!

  87. Megan
    August 24, 2015 | 1:02 pm

    Hi I went to the eye doctor last week for exam. She gave me the wrong prescription. 6.50 for the left & 5.50 for the right. Right when I put the contacts on she gave me its blurry. I tell her that & she changes the prescription again. I put on my old prescription contacts & glasses they are fine. Not blurry or anything when I have them on. I’ve really never had this problem before from an eye doctor.

  88. sam derrick
    August 26, 2015 | 7:40 pm

    hi,i have just purchased new variofocals,,when i look to the left or right i find it blurry …my optician said i would need to purchase a more expensive pair of glass,s to correct this ,i have purchased expensive glass,s and cheaper ones in the past and never had this problem before….can you advise please

    • Ryan Phillips
      November 11, 2015 | 2:27 pm

      I am sorry that does not make sense. If you bought a pair of glasses with your prescription in it cheap or expensive you should be able to see. Unless you bought drug store readers then you might have a problem. I would suggest going for a second opinion.

      Best Regards

  89. janvi
    October 1, 2015 | 5:42 pm

    Hey, I have my new pair of glasses today. I have a sitting job of almost 9hours & most of the work is online/on Computers. From the last few months almost every day at the end of my day, I feel a little headache & my eyes feel very heavy. So I done my eye tested. My left eyes no is .25 & ryt is .50. For the first tym I wore glasses today & by wearing them for hardly 5 minutes I feel a stress between my eyes & again started headache. I just wanted to know is it because of using glasses for the first time or anything else.. Please recommend what could be the cause?

    • Ryan Phillips
      November 11, 2015 | 2:16 pm

      If its a new pair of glasses i would suggest going back to where you got them and getting them checked out. I would also suggest Anti reflective coating if you will be working on the computer all day. The second thing you can do is have you rx compensated for your computer distance we do that a lot for customers and it works well. Although the first thing i would do is go back to the place where you got the rx and glasses and get double checked.

  90. Nancy
    October 5, 2015 | 8:39 pm

    I just picked up my glasses today for being nearsighted. Wearing them in the house to test them out I am noticing a type of mirrored imaging reflecting through the lenses. For example, I’m looking out the window on our front door, and I see the window, but also there’s a second image of the window reflected below it. Not sure if my eyes need to adjust to wearing glasses, or if maybe it’s the lenses themselves.

  91. Kip
    October 7, 2015 | 2:32 am

    Four years ago I received the following prescription:
    R SPH +0.50 ; L SPH +0.75 ; ADD +2.25
    I ordered progressive lens and have been extremely happy with them. Recently I decided to get a different style and asked my doctor to verify my prescription. This time he gave me:
    R SPH +0.75 ; L SPH +0.50 ; ADD +2.75
    I did not notice until later that the right and left eye prescription was reversed from last time and ordered progressive lens with the new prescription. They were unacceptable. I compared the two glasses and though the styles are similar (though not the same) the area of the progressive lens with acceptable vision on the new glasses is tiny and not well positioned compared to the older lens.

    As I decide how to address this I was wondering: is it in the realm of reasonable possibility that the prescription for my right and left eye would reverse over time; and could the increase in the ADD have an overall impact? I know it is possible the lab could have made a mistake but knowing the answer to these questions may help me determine my initial approach.


  92. shan
    October 7, 2015 | 4:13 pm

    got my new spetacle , the description had right eye -1.25,cylinder lens power 1.25 ,and left eye -1.25 n cylindrical lens powr 1.0 ,got d spectacle but evrything seems too blur , normal vision only better than with spectacles.nearer things are too clear and far , a little far things are tooo blur , dont know wats wrong,is this normal, please consult

  93. Suhaila
    October 9, 2015 | 2:23 pm

    My em suhaila I have glasses on for for 3 weeks I can see clearly but I get headache for past four days is that due to because of my glasses ??!!! Please help !!!

  94. Stephanie
    October 11, 2015 | 12:00 am

    I got my prescription from my doctor. I have mild astigmatism on both eyes since I can’t focus all that well from afar. the problem is he types -.50 for both CYL but he left both Axis at 000. Zeni optics won’t let me process it because there has to be a number on the Axis unless the CYL is 0 as well. what should I do?

    • Ryan Phillips
      November 11, 2015 | 2:12 pm

      That is not correct. The doctor must have left off the axis. If you have a cylinder you always have a axis. Sometimes doctors leave it at 0 but they mean 180 but you can’t assume that.

      Best Regards

  95. Khanani
    October 11, 2015 | 1:28 pm

    It’s been week since I got my new glasses. The doctor told me I’m near sighted and that the reason I couldn’t see clearly after getting my glasses was that my left eye had moved towards my left and it made it hard to focus images….

    Whenever I am walking I see images that are too close together. The vision is clear just that the images seem to be close together and cross each other. Is this normal?

  96. SARA
    October 14, 2015 | 3:58 am

    Hey .. I have had a glasses last week and had worn it a whole week for adjusting them,even i was having a lot pain in my left eye. My doctor had checked my eye again and he said that you do have cylinderical number but your eyes cannot handle wearing those numbers you have to wear glasses without cyn number.

    I want to ask does this happen usually that some of the patients cannot handle cyn numbers or I need to change the doctor??

  97. Jessica
    October 19, 2015 | 9:36 pm

    Hi there,

    I had an exam done today, and when I went in I explained how my left eye was really bothering me and that its been very blurry lately and I’m having trouble focusing. during the examination, the optometrist said multiple times that my left eye is really weak and that my right eye looks quite healthy. When it was over, I got my prescription and left.

    I’m planning on ordering a pair on line because I’ve ordered before from a specific site and I love their glasses. Anyways, when I was putting in my information for my prescription, I noticed that only one section was filled out for my left eye, and three sections filled out for my right eye. I kind of assumed that my left eye which has the issues would have the multiple numbers, not my right eye, where he told me that it was a healthy eye.

    Am I right to be confused? Am I over thinking this? Anything would be helpful.
    Thanks so much.

    • Ryan Phillips
      November 11, 2015 | 2:07 pm


      Yes that is normal. That means you have a astigmatism in the one eye and that is why you have a cylinder and axis. On the other eye its just a sphere that is totally normal and you will be fine. Just leave the Two boxes blank and enter it as you see it on the rx from the doctor. Let us know if you have any questions.

      Best Regards

  98. Marie
    October 28, 2015 | 10:58 am

    Hi I am Marie, I just got my new glasses this October and its been a month since I started using it. I admit that I do not use my glasses often because I feel so old wearing them but I wear them at least 8 hours when I’m in the mood wearing them but still I can’t adjust from my new eyeglass. It’s like I see lighter compared to when I use my glasses specially at night, whenever I use my glasses at night the vision is darker but when I used it in the morning the vision is so clear is this normal? Anyway I have astigmatism.

    • Ryan Phillips
      November 11, 2015 | 2:04 pm


      First are the eyeglasses single vision or bifocal. If its a progressive bifocal it can take time to get used to it. The other stuff does not sound normal i would go back to whom ever you bought them from and have them checked out. Let us know if we can be of any assistance.

  99. Abelardo
    November 13, 2015 | 2:39 am

    I recently received my new glasses but they seem blurry when looking forward but if I were to look towards the bottom of the lenses or for example I lift them up slightly they seem clear and perfect any idea as to what might be the problem?

    • Ryan Phillips
      November 13, 2015 | 2:25 pm

      Yes it could be the optical center was set to low. Not the PD but the optical center of the B measurement of the frame. Its probably how the frame rests on your face that you see out of the top of the lenses so they need to push the optical center up on the B measurement. If you got them from us just call customer service and we will fix them for you no problem. I hope this helps.

  100. Stacy Rennicks
    November 22, 2015 | 1:06 pm

    I was currently wearing up to 9 months ago -4.0 in both eyes. I lost my glasses and went to different opticians he told me I was -3.25 and -3.50. I have them 9 days now and I have constant headache and feel
    So tired. I also have pain in behind one of my eyes. Could they be wrong.
    Prescription. I can’t understand how I could change so much in 9 months. Surely someone is wrong.
    Thank you

    • Ryan Phillips
      November 23, 2015 | 7:10 pm

      yeah if you have a problem like that i would defiantly go back to the doctors right away. They shouldn’t change that much in 9 months.

  101. Fari gardner
    December 7, 2015 | 9:22 am

    Hey I recently had an eye test and was told I don’t need glasses anymore yet I’m sure the old glasses I have still help me read quite a bit is it possible they made a mistake I have anxiety so I’m a bit scared to go in and ask incase I’m wrong :s

    • Ryan Phillips
      December 7, 2015 | 3:47 pm

      Its hard to say. I would say if you think you might need them then go for a 2nd option. You can’t hurt your eye’s using glasses so if they help use them.

  102. Sara
    December 15, 2015 | 1:28 am

    I just picked up my new glasses today. Prescription changed from -0.5 in both eyes with no astigmatism to -1.5 in both eyes with -0.25 astigmatism. I see significantly worse with the new glass than the old. Everything in the distance looks blurry and everything is disoriented when I move my head. I almost think I can see more clearly without any glasses on at all. It seems like something is very off. Is it worth waiting out the adjustment period or should I go back to the place where I got my eye exam ASAP?

    • Ryan Phillips
      December 15, 2015 | 2:05 pm

      No if its that bad take them right back to the doctor there must be something wrong. probably the rx numbers got mixed up or something. To adjust you would be able to see but it might bother your eyes a little bit or your eyes would feel fatigued not make it worse than without the glasses. Good luck.

  103. Boitumelo
    December 15, 2015 | 11:06 am

    Hi..I got spectaculars recently and have had headaches every time I wore them…wend back to the doctor and they said it may be due to not wearing them often or due to the fact that I’m a new mom.
    I stopped them for a while and when I started wearing them last week I had this terrible pain on my right jaw and temples.
    Would this be from the lense?

    • Ryan Phillips
      December 15, 2015 | 2:06 pm

      Its hard to say. I would go back to the doctor and explain the problem.

  104. Shannon
    December 15, 2015 | 9:01 pm

    I got new glasses about a month ago, they are progressives which I have never had. My prescription had changed some, so when viewing far objects during the day I can see a tiny improvement. But when I am looking at lights, such as on an alarm clock, lights on the stereo, or absolutely ANYTHING at night, I see a ghost image to the lower left and terrible rays mostly around the bottom of the light. I have moved my head all around looking through different parts of the lenses seeing if the effect goes away, but it does not. When I put my old glasses back on for a minute to see how things look, they are slightly blurry since my eyes have gotten worse, but I do not ever see any rays or ghost double images. I had the glasses fitted and the prescription checked. Again. But nothing seems to help except going back to my old glasses which are being held together with glue!

    I can see far better with my old glasses since I don’t have all the ghost doubly images and rays everywhere; I can not drive at night with these new ones at all.

    I am currently getting regular single focus lenses instead of these progressives, so hopefully that will help some. Is there any chance the anti-glare coating is doing this? Thank you for any advice.

    • Ryan Phillips
      December 17, 2015 | 2:32 pm

      It sounds like to me that you need a Anti-Reflective Coating on them. This will help remove that Ghost Image. Let me know how you make out.

  105. Nirmala
    December 29, 2015 | 5:01 am

    Hi, its my first time wearing eye glasses, i never wore eye glasses before. I bought that for my headache which caused by doing work on computer the entire day, so i thought to buy the glasses. For the first time when i checked it two days ago at the store it was good, but i was not using it all the time. Today when i wear it for an hour and when i removed it everything is looking blur!!! Is it happens for the first timer or is it because of some mistake in prescription. Please tell me what to do, i am scared if my eyes gets effect by this glasses.

    • Ryan Phillips
      December 29, 2015 | 4:12 pm

      I would recommend going back to the doctor. I would suggest getting a Anti Reflective Coating on the lenses. There might be a problem with the glasses or the prescription but don’t worry there will be no permanent damage.

  106. David Yu
    January 2, 2016 | 2:56 am

    So I wore my new glasses but it caused eye strain (back of my eyes were hurting) and a bit of dizziness. I went back to the place I got it from and they checked the strength and it was correct, it matched my previous glasses which caused no problems. However I still suspect they gave me the wrong glasses since they frame is wrong (not what I ordered), is there any harm in wearing these glasses? Because the strength is correct.
    Thank you.

  107. Jackie
    January 6, 2016 | 11:00 pm

    Hey, my name is Jackie. I just got my new glasses today, and I hate them already. When I got my eyes checked, I told my doctor I couldn’t see far away. When he checked me, he said I actually just had blurry vision all over. However, my prescription now makes everything up lose seem 100x magnified where I could see normal up close before. And my eye sight when i look out, which is why I got glasses, looks like I have my eyes crossed. The ground looks like it’s next to my face and I’m running in to walls and doors, but I can’t see anything out. They said “I just need time to adjust”, but is this how it’s supposed to be? I’m new to glasses and if this is normal, that’s fine but please help!

    • Ryan Phillips
      January 8, 2016 | 1:40 pm

      They seem way off. You have to go back to the doctor and tell them something is messed up. I bet somewhere the numbers might have gotten crossed.

  108. Rose Ann
    January 10, 2016 | 12:17 am

    Hi my name is Roseann. I got a new prescription for my eyes last dec 24, the doctor told me I need an eye glasses for distance and I have astigmatism & my eye grade went higher than before and so far the vision of new eye glasses is really good. But I’m having dizziness and tireness because I see a lot of reflections so I went back to them to ask them to check it. They said Its because I didn’t get an anti glare and I was like what is that? so they explained. I asked them does it comes to my prescription that I need them, the sales said that they usually offer them or the optemetrist will ask you if you want to put it. But as far as we remember ( me & my husband) nobody asked us about the anti glare and they’re asking us again another $150 for anti glare. My problem is, If my doctor told me that I need a new eye glasses for distance ‘coz of driving shouldn’t be automatic that I need anti glare too? Because as far as I know anti glare is for driving, or when ur active in activities involves tv, internet. The shop said I have 30days money back guarantee if I’m not happy for my eye glasses but I don’t know if this case applies ‘coz I don’t know about anti glare coat and I’m pretty much sure they didn’t ask us about it. Please Help. Thank u

    • Ryan Phillips
      January 11, 2016 | 3:03 pm

      Anti-Glare is treated like a add on sale. They usually would recommend it but I don’t know what happened. Every doctor works it a different way. They can add it on after but 150.00 seems very high to me but I haven’t been shopping around in the retail market so maybe that is the going rate. We can do it for 40.00 extra. If you would like call our customer service team and they can help you with that.

  109. Trish
    January 20, 2016 | 10:04 pm

    Hi. So my eyesight didn’t change any in a year but I ordered 3 pairs of new glasses and 1 sunglasses because I have a problem losing or breaking mine.

    All day, since getting the new glasses, I have had a HUGE headache. The lenses are differently shaped from my previous ones (they’re more narrow) so I’m wondering if the headache could be from the new shape of lense and my eyes getting used to them or if they messed up the Rx somehow in transit. The sunglasses however are great and cause no problems. I haven’t received the last pair (larger lenses) of glasses yet, they will take a bit longer so I can’t comment on them.

    I don’t notice any difference in my vision in the new pairs but the headache still is there and there is no relief when taking any over the counter meds.

    Should I wait it out or return to the eye doctor?

    Thanks in advance for your help.


  110. Gwen
    January 24, 2016 | 6:17 pm

    I just got my new glasses today just because i lost my old ones. My previous prescription was -1.00 (left) and -2.25 (right). I’ve been wearing that pair for almost 8 months until I lost them. It took me 3 weeks to visit an optician to have an eye checkup. It turned out I have -0.75 (left) and -2.75(right). But the thing is, when i already have my glasses, i’m feeling dizzy and wants to vomit because it seems that the images are fusing together and doubling sometimes. We did an eye check again and i can see clearly the letters on the chart. Another but: while I am using my phone, i try to isolate each eye: texts are clear with my left eye but texts are getting smaller with my right eye alone. Could it be that I am just adjusting to my new prescription? Please advise.

  111. Charlie
    January 31, 2016 | 12:36 pm

    Hi I’ve been wearing my glasses for lessthan a month now and everytime I remove it my vision becomes blurry than before is it possible that i’ve got a wrong prescription?

    • Ryan Phillips
      February 5, 2016 | 3:30 pm

      Absolutely. I would go back to the doctor to have the prescription and glasses checked.

  112. Kim
    January 31, 2016 | 4:22 pm

    Hi. So uh I went to the doctor and hand my eyes checked. Its my first time having went to an optometrist for glasses. And when I got there she put about 3 different lenses to measure my eyes and let me read the 3 lines that i had trouble reading. And she only let me read the 2nd line because I really cant make out the 3rd line anymore. She started switching the lenses and she let me read the 2nd line and when I am finally able to focus a little (but I still need to squint) she said that my right eye is only .25 astigmatism when I have always been complaining about my left eye. My left eye is always the one that hurts around the socket. Both of my eyes also constantly feel that sting and sometimes watery. I cant see small texts from a meter away. And sometimes i have light nausea. Was she accurate in measuring my eyes? I um would like to ask for your opinion regarding this. Whatever you noticed and whatever you could say I will gladly read them. Thank you! More power

  113. Vic
    February 10, 2016 | 7:25 am

    I got new glasses yesterday. Based on this new optometrist of mine, there wasn’t any changes in SPH between my old specs compared to my new specs. Only that my CYL for my right eye increased from 0.75 to 1.00.
    I would like to know whether it is ok for me to occasionally switch between my old glasses and new glasses…since the SPH didn’t change.
    Also, I feel much comfortable wearing my old glasses I realized, I want to know is this just a psychological feeling due to the size of the lenses. Since my old glasses are small lenses while my new glasses are large.

    • Ryan Phillips
      February 10, 2016 | 4:46 pm

      You should really try and wear the new ones. It will take a week or two but after that they should be more comfortable than the old ones.

  114. Jojo
    February 12, 2016 | 8:49 am

    Hi, I got my first progressive glasses last week and started wearing them. I know it takes time to get used to wearing progressive glasses so I tried to wear them for 2 days straight. My problem is that in the near and intermediate distance, I dont have any problems. But in the long distance, my right vision appears to be clearer than my left vision which appears blurrier. I dont know if this is just part of the adaptation process. I’m concerned that maybe there is an error either in my prescription or in the fabrication of my lenses. Can any optometrist check if the lenses followed accurately the prescription? I dont wanna go back to my original optometrist. Thanks.

    • Ryan Phillips
      February 15, 2016 | 4:44 pm

      Yes if you have a copy of your prescription any optometrist can check to see if they our correct.

  115. Carmin Campbell
    February 18, 2016 | 5:43 pm

    I got my new glasses over a month ago my prescription changed quite a bit and I’m still dizzy a lot and my depth perception is off, could my prescription be wrong?

  116. Carmin Campbell
    February 18, 2016 | 6:56 pm

    I got my glasses about a month ago the new prescription is right eye -350 cylinder -2 axis 95 left eye -350 cylinder -2 axis 70 add power +200, I still get dizzy often and my depth perception is off, could my prescription be wrong?

    • Ryan Phillips
      February 18, 2016 | 7:33 pm

      I would suggest getting the glasses checked. Start there if the glasses are made correctly than go back to the eye doctor to double check you prescription.

  117. Ann
    February 20, 2016 | 2:23 pm

    i have been wearing progressive eye glasses for 2 years.I am recently experiencing pain on the left eye with blurred vision, headache and diziness, also my blood pressure is slightly elevated.What may be the cause?

    • Ryan Phillips
      February 22, 2016 | 2:40 pm

      We our not doctors. I suggest you go to a doctor right away.

  118. Tommy
    February 23, 2016 | 7:26 pm

    Recently my contact prescription was changed from +5 in both eyes to +5.25 in the right eye and +5 in the left. This seems odd to me because I can see better out of my right eye and sometimes when I’m reading or doing something that doesn’t require a 3D view, my left eye crosses because the image from the right is clearer.

    Is it normal for the better eye to have a stronger script?

    Also, how come every time I get contacts from the eye doctors and not online, they have insane amounts of glare. Like to the point where I can’t see at night and have trouble looking at screens?

  119. Nadine
    March 17, 2016 | 11:46 pm


    I got glasses and contacts in December which were bifocals. From the minute I put them on I felt like I was too high looking down. When I wore the contacts I get extremely lightheaded. I went back and they told me I needed to get use to them. I went back again and they changed them to only distance but whenever I put the glasses on I got lightheaded. After two months I went and saw another optometrists and she told me my prescription was twice as strong as as what it should have been. I’m constantly lightheaded now and it’s not going away. It’s even hard to wear the new glasses. What should I do. This headache and lightheaded feeling is not going away

    My new prescription is -0.25-0.75
    Please help me

  120. Jennifer
    March 30, 2016 | 4:34 pm

    My 16 year old daughter failed her eye exam in school. She does wear glasses and already sees a pediatric opthamologist which I took her to immediately. My daughter informed me that she has double vision and has had it for awhile but never told me cause she thought it was normal. The opthamologist also discovered she developed a lazy eye which she never had before. She also discovered that her prescription was too strong and was not sure if that was the cause. She downgraded her prescription but after a few weeks there is still no change. Had an MRI done and blood work which all came back normal. The opthamologist insists that this has nothing to do with the wrong prescription cause it would of corrected itself with the new glasses and that it appears that this is something that she just developed in her teenage years but I finding it hard to believe that my daughter just developed this all of a sudden especially since she has been seeing this same opthalmogist since the day she was born and I personally have never seen this lazy eye until now. I guess my question is, can this wrong prescription cause all this or is this normal for a teen to develop all of a sudden?? Any input I would greatly appreciate!!

  121. Teri
    April 3, 2016 | 4:23 am

    I just received a prescription left eye for cylinder & axis have zeros is this a legit prescription please email me & let me know what to do

  122. Lisa
    April 4, 2016 | 5:54 pm

    So I got my first pair of glasses about 16 months ago. They were transition lenses. I went with them for about 6 weeks then had to get normal lenses because of the vertigo I was experiencing with them. I have always felt crossed eyed or like I was looking through bottles when wearing both pairs. It seems to be getting worse as time goes on to the point it is easier to walk without them on. Any advice?

  123. Fawad
    April 14, 2016 | 11:41 am

    I got my new glasses yesterday, It’s a little uneasy with them, and I can see better with my old glasses, I am thinking to wait for the adjustment period since this is the first time my glasses changed. I have glasses just since 1.5 yrs.
    I also feel that I cannot see as much clear as I can see with my right eye. Is this normal ?
    Bcoz I was able to read 6/4 with both eyes and with my right eye. But not with my left eye. It was blurry.

    • Fawad
      April 14, 2016 | 11:47 am

      I am able to read 6/6,6/5,6/4 with both eyes, and with my right eye, but it’s blurry with my left eye, I can see 6/6 very easily with my left eye, It not as sharp as my right eye but i can read it comfortably. It gets blurry when it come to 6/5 and a loot blurry with 6/4. I need help.. I hope you reply soon..

  124. Shahmeer Alam
    April 20, 2016 | 12:49 am

    I know this post is old but I still hope I can get an answer considering that I can’t find it anywhere else.

    So I just gotten new glasses, my old one had the same prescription but with this one it has transitions.

    I don’t know if this is something that I should get used to, but if I look at a light source (say a lightbulb) a little orb of light will appear under it, whenever I move the orb moves as well.

    I don’t know what this is or how to fix it but I hope I get a reply soon, this is worrying me too much.

  125. Briana
    April 20, 2016 | 9:42 pm

    This issue may have been discussed previously, but over the course of several years I have ordered two different pairs of glasses from two different sources. Both seem clear initially, and the prescription seemed very clear at the eye doctor, but with both it looks like there is dust or spots in my vision when the glasses are clean, things look blurry, and especially looking at a computer makes my head hurt. I returned to the optometrist and they replaced the lenses, but the problem remained. She suggested that it could be the curvature of the lens as I recall, but said that if I don’t have an old pair that works there was pretty much nothing she could do. I don’t have any old pairs, they were lost or broken and i never had this issue before. I suppose i could try wearing them more to make sure I’ve tried “breaking them in” (I usually alternate with contacts), but otherwise I’m kind of at a loss for how to someday have glasses that are clear again. Any advice appreciated. Thanks!

  126. Earl
    April 21, 2016 | 10:48 am

    Just had an new exam two days ago as I was due for it as my last was three years ago .I wear transitions progressive lenses . The optometrist and optician said that the current glasses weren’t progressives , that they were single lenses . The previous optometrist gave me a stronger prescription So I never even bothered to question why I would keep reading materials further away to be able to read them . One things I noticed through time is that I get eye fatigue easily and excessive blinking at work , specially doing documentation at work using a computer . I paid for progressives and the previous optical shop gave me single lens . I called them yesterday and told me .. They can’t help me anymore .. That I should have returned them before since I should know the difference between single lens and progressives . Clearly , I didn’t . For me , I thought it was probably because it was a stronger prescription that I didn’t know the difference .. And perhaps , I am not a complainer until the new optometrists and opticians pointed out I was wearing single lens instead of progressives . Any suggestions how I can have justice on this situation ? Btw , the store manager hanged up on me . LoL

  127. april
    April 21, 2016 | 1:10 pm

    I got new glasses about 4 days ago and things are not good. The first time I put them on, I had an anxiety attack because I absolutely hated the feeling of not being able to see that well and they made me dizzy, and sweaty. So I took them off and kept my old ones on. The next day I decided, Ok, you’re wearing them. After an hour, I started getting a bad headache and after looking around I realized I couldn’t see as well when I covered up my left eye. I noticed something isn’t right with the right lens/eye. Things have a fish- bowl effect and are quite distorted plus like I said, things aren’t as clear as they are with the left. Because the headache got so bad, they had to come off. The following day, I tried them again because the doctor said my right eye has weakened since my last eye exam so that could be why. Well, I wore them for about 5 hours and after an hour again, I wanted them off but I didn’t give in. I wore them out to the mall and I noticed in stores that had dim lighting and were cluttered, I couldn’t see much. Signs were blurry, clothing was blurry..I had to squint to see better. By the time I got home things were quite dim and on came the dizziness I had to take them off. I’ve come to the conclusion either I need a recheck of my right eye or something isn’t right with the lens. I have been wearing glasses since 7th grade I am 24 now. I am well aware of the adjustment period and such but I have never experienced this either.

  128. ajay
    May 3, 2016 | 2:58 pm

    is it that with glasses on it is difficult to read nearby objects as clearlyas one should see without glasses??does glasses cause more strain on eye while reading closer things if we have myopia

    • Ryan Phillips
      May 3, 2016 | 4:48 pm

      Glasses will always cause more eye strain than not wearing glasses but if you need them to see than there is no other choice.

  129. Nurul Iman
    May 21, 2016 | 10:29 pm

    I just got my glasses yesterday and it seems to me that there’s not much difference when I wear them and when I’m not, it’s only clear a tiny bit. I still can’t see far distance objects like I could with my old glasses. I think my optometrist gave me the wrong prescription. Or maybe I should just get used to this?

    • Ryan Phillips
      May 23, 2016 | 2:04 pm

      We would recommend you give the new glasses a few more days, maybe 7-10 days total, and then go back to your optometrist if the issue still exists.

      • bob acosta
        September 6, 2016 | 3:08 am

        Mr. Phillips,

        You have been suggesting for posters with vision and new glasses issues to go back where they got them from. It is not that easy to argue with vision professionals if you feel the prescription might be inaccurate; they take on an attitude and do not want to help you (they see you as a trouble maker and you might not be. So what would you do next to help yourself with dealing with these nonprofessionals? You would like them do you right (not giving up).

        • Ryan Phillips
          September 23, 2016 | 7:00 pm

          Hi Bob,
          I would then try another facility and have them read your glasses to see if they are made correctly. They may charge a small fee, or none at all in hopes you become a patient of theirs. But get a second opinion. Don’t limit yourself to one place.

  130. Seth
    May 24, 2016 | 9:57 pm

    i can’t adjust to my new glasses prescription… would it be better to use a pair of old glasses or none at all? (my eyes are strained one way or the other and the difference is significant). which would do less damage? i have astigmatism if that makes a difference. the new prescription is correct unfortunately.


  131. Tessa
    May 25, 2016 | 1:14 am

    I have a +3.5 in my right eye and a +1.7 in my left eye. My glasses are already too big and we are going to get them tightened tomorrow. But when I close my left eye and look through my glasses with right eye it is still blurry, even more, blurry than with my glasses on. I have had these glasses for about a week 1/2 and I really feel they aren’t working. My eye doctor hopes that my prescription will change in 6 months. If it doesn’t I will have to wear an eye patch. I don’t want to wear a patch so please can somone give my some good advice.

    • Ryan Phillips
      May 25, 2016 | 2:29 pm

      I would have the doctor check them out. Sounds like it might be a PD problem on that eye. Hopefully you are able to get this resolved. Good luck!

  132. Cynthia
    May 26, 2016 | 3:28 pm

    Hi, glad to find this site. Is clarity of vision possible with 17 prism? I have diplopia and monocular esotropia in the left eye. Never had clear vision with progressives even with small amount of prism. Current dr. has been the best but he said he did not think I would be able to see the dash board of the car with these AFTER I picked them up and if I did not pass the vision test to update my driver’s license to come back and they would give me more prism. Not the answer I was hoping for. I struggled to pass the test for 20/40. I have gotten 4 new opinions and a new pair (1 doc didn’t finish exam-beyond expertise), which is much worse than my current pair which was supposed to be much clearer. Ready to give up; have a RX check in June. Also started vision therapy and vision seems to be getting better with my current glasses, the new are terrible, especially the left eye, which was determined by just covering my right eye and looking at the guide on the TV and comparing the old and new glasses. New dr. also prescribed another pair with greater distance for reading/computer/around the office which I will not order unless he gets this right.

    My question is what amount of clarity is possible with my RX and any opinions would be appreciated that I can bring to my Rx check appointment in June. Should I just be happy to get by-for now?

    Current RX for progressives 5/29/15:
    OD Sphere -5.00, Cyl -1.75, Axis 015, Near Add +2.25, H Prism 8.50 BO
    OS Sphere -6.00, Cyl -1.75, Axis 165, Near Add +2.25, H Prism 8.50 BO

    Current readers 7/8/15
    OD Sphere -3.00, Cyl -1.75, Axis 015, H Prism 8.50 BO
    OS Sphere -4.00, Cyl -1.75, Axis 165, H Prism 8.50 BO

    New single vision for distance and lined bifocal 4/8/16
    OD -4.75, -1.75, x020, 8.5 BO
    OS -5.75, -1.00, x085, 8.5 BO

    Another opinion from neuro-opthalmologist 4/4/16
    OD Sph -6.28, Cyl +1.75, Axis 115, Add 2.75, Prism 8.5 BO
    OS Sph -7.5, Cyl +1.75, Axis 65, Add 2.75, Prism 8.5 BO

    • Ryan Phillips
      May 27, 2016 | 2:14 pm


      I’m glad you find our site and this article, in particular, helpful. You seem to have a unique situation that would require an optometrist to really answer your questions. If you aren’t happy with your current doctor, don’t hesitate to get a second opinion.

  133. Anouar
    May 26, 2016 | 6:11 pm

    Today i had my new glasses … they told that the old glasses are too powerful for your eyes and that my eyes are becoming lazy so i have to wait until my eyes and brain adapt. Well, I’m pretty confused because i can see clearly from far away but i can’t read. even when i told them that they told me it’s normal and i have to be a little patient.

  134. Becca
    May 28, 2016 | 1:43 am


    Hopefully quick question regarding incorrect pupillary distance. I ordered glasses online 1.5 years ago and incorrectly measured my PD. Only within the past month have I noticed symptoms from the incorrect PD, which was confirmed to be off by approximately 2mm in one eye by an optician based on her measurements of my pupils and the lenses in my glasses.

    I now have glasses with the correct PD but the adjustment is very uncomfortable and exacerbated by my ocular rosacea. I also am prone to atypical visual and headache type migraines. Is there anything I can do to lessen the strain on my eye? Perhaps alternating between old and new throughout the day? The strain is unbearable after just 3 hours of wear.

    Also might be worth mentioning that one pair of my rx sunglasses have the correct PD and one pair do not. I alternate between the two, wearing one pair for a few months then the other. I have a two-hour sunny drive tomorrow and am wondering which I should wear.

    Thank you!

    • Ryan Phillips
      May 31, 2016 | 2:33 pm


      Your pupillary distance does not change. It doesn’t quite make sense that you just recently have been affected by the old glasses with the wrong prescription. Either way, the glasses were once correctly in line with your prescription and now, Most likely, your prescription has changed. Go back to the doctor and get a new eye examine to further clear up your issue. It should be a simple change of prescription.

  135. SunnyNM
    May 28, 2016 | 9:32 pm


    I received new, progressive sunglasses a few weeks ago and according to a new prescription. I am wearing progressive lenses for the better of 20 years. My vision is clear, I can read have no issues with distance either. No headaches, etc. as well.

    However, when I am wearing them, I am suddenly ‘seven feet tall’ and tend to trip because my depth perception is different. When switching to my regular glasses and the previous prescriptions while driving, I have the feeling that I shrunk significantly and my vehicle is tiny (I am driving a heavy duty pickup, nothing tiny about it and I am over 6 feet tall).

    In essence, if feels like I am looking through a magnifying glass.

    Is this normal and will fade after time?

    Thank you for your time!

    • Ryan Phillips
      May 31, 2016 | 2:39 pm


      First of all, I would go back to the optician and explain your problem. They can give you a better suggestion if you explain the problem in person. It could be the type of progressive lens they gave you or it could be the Segment height in which the glasses were set at. It’s too early to tell this is just your adjustment period or something more.

      • SunnyNM
        May 31, 2016 | 9:00 pm


        Thank you very much for your immediate response and yes, I will ask the optician.


  136. Jenelle
    June 10, 2016 | 9:49 pm

    Hi. I am 66, stable vision for 7 years with correction for astygmatism in right eye. I moved, changing eyecare providers a few months ago. I went for a refraction yesterday and told her my left eye rx with current glasses was fine, but more blurring with right eye. She did a rather rushed refraction, asking no questions. Gave me the prescription. Got home and saw it had a correction for astygmatism in LEFT eye, and no astygmatism correction in right. I called before filling rx and was told, “Well, vision changes”. I think she reversed the OS and OD? Am I crazy?

  137. Mike
    June 15, 2016 | 6:40 pm

    I just had an eye exam and I was noticing the differences in the new and old prescription. Is it possible for the Cyl and Axis to change the way they did? I have to get progressive lenses so I haven’t received my new glasses yet.
    Old Prescription OD -1.00 Cyl -0.75 Axis 104
    OS -0.75 Cyl -0.50 Axis 85

    New Prescription OD -1.25 Cyl -0.75 Axis 102
    OS -1.00 Cyl -0.25 Axis 81

    • Ryan Phillips
      June 16, 2016 | 2:27 pm


      Yes that is common for them to change that much.

      • Mike
        June 16, 2016 | 9:48 pm

        Does it mean my Cyl and Axis got better or worse?

  138. TJ Hunt
    July 17, 2016 | 12:05 pm

    Hey can someone help me? I got glasses for distance like a stigma correction or something. I got them three days ago and I’ve never worn glasses before. Sometimes it’s better without sometimes it’s better with. Sometimes the glasses makes far places blurry then sometimes it makes close things blurry and sometimes it helps tremendously. Am I just not used to it? Do I still need to give it time I just got them three days ago.

    • Ryan Phillips
      July 18, 2016 | 3:43 pm


      Yes, please give yourself 7-10 days before you become concerned. Everybody reacts different to wearing glasses for the first time. If you are still experiencing blurriness after a week or two, contact your doctor.

      Good luck.

  139. Kumar
    July 21, 2016 | 9:18 am

    Hope you could provide me some clarity on this.

    I had been using -1.50 spherical lens in my left eye and -1.75 spherical lens in my right eye. Recently I went for checkup and after eye test they suggested me using -1.00 spherical and -0.50 cylindrical in my left eye and -1.25 spherical and -0.50 cylindrical in my right eye (6/6 on both eyes).

    Now when I wear this newly corrected power glasses, I am unable to clearly focus on my left eye (had good vision previously). But my right eye vision is perfect. I went for eye checkup again to explain my problem, but they say give it some time for adjustment. Why I am worried is that my right eye had no problem adopting immediately but my left eye hasn’t.

    Can you help me on this.

    • Ryan Phillips
      July 21, 2016 | 2:15 pm


      Your eyes don’t have to have the same adjustment period, so you should not worry about your left eye being slow to adapt. After another 2 weeks, if the problem is still present, make another appointment.

  140. Alvin
    July 26, 2016 | 12:04 am

    Went through 4 pair of crizal lenses,first 2 had prisms from one doctor,rechecked by second Doctor ,he took them out.I felt the Rd was way too strong.The other problem was that I saw a blue outline on top of houses and buildings and blue lines on the shadows of trees on the road,the optical store said they have never heard of this.Called my insurance company and they called the optical store and said I would not be back and to cancel the fifth pair on order.I have another appointment tommorrow with another doctor.Has you heard of this situation before?Thanks in advance,Alvin

    • Ryan Phillips
      July 26, 2016 | 1:16 pm


      This sounds like a very unique situation. I do not have any specific advice for you, but I would make sure you get an answer or solution at tomorrow’s doctor’s appointment.

  141. Amit
    August 1, 2016 | 1:22 pm

    Hi Ryan,
    I had just bought my new glasses, and using them for first time. I have myopia, thus using the glasses of power 6.
    But I have one problem, when I move around with my glasses, my surrounding seems to be moving. Even I am unable to walk by putting them. But everything looks clear to me through my glasses. Now I want to know that where is problem.
    The power of glasses are wrong or I feels it because I have weared them for first time.

    If my newness causes this problem, then in how many days it will take to get adjusted.

    Thnx in advance for your reply.

    • Ryan Phillips
      August 9, 2016 | 3:11 pm

      Hi Amit,

      Generally it should take about a week to two weeks to adjust to a new prescription. If after that time period, if you are still feeling a bit of distortion when wearing your glasses, I would bring them back to your eye dr to confirm the prescription in the lenses are correct. They may also do another eye exam to make sure they did not make an error on their end either.

  142. Georgia
    August 11, 2016 | 4:09 pm

    I got new glasses yesterday. When I put them on, I can see perfectly far away, but not up close. But when I take them off, everything up close is perfect, so I don’t need reading glasses. My prescription says I have a slight astigmatism, but the eye doctor never talked to me about it. He only said I am nearsighted. Is it because I need to adjust to it?

    • Ryan Phillips
      August 17, 2016 | 4:57 pm

      Hi Georgia,

      With any pair of new glasses, they can take some time to adjust to them. I would give it a week or 2 to give your eyes a chance to adjust to the new prescription. If you are still having a lot of discomfort and not a clear view, I would bring them back to where you had the glasses made and have them recheck to make sure the prescription was made correctly. Or even go back to your eye dr and make sure they provided you with the correct prescription.

  143. Etta D.
    August 13, 2016 | 6:00 am

    Greetings –

    I have an interesting question. The last several times I’ve gotten glasses, I’ve had the same script. +3.75 in one eye and +3.5 in the other. But in the last 6 yrs and 3 pairs of glasses I have had increasing issues with seeing far away with my glasses on.

    For example: when I’m driving, I cannot read any street signs until I’m right up on them or passing them. At a distance of over 20 feet some things are so blurry it’s a strain to focus to make them clear. At night this is twice as bad and often I have to have people read signs for me so I know where to turn.

    I’m 34 and I do use the computer quite a lot. I am also quite hard on my glasses and have had horrible luck in the past with any kind of plastic polymer lens. I’ve mentioned this issue, and I am genuinely distressed by this because I’m a very visual person. I’m also in art and the ability to see detail at any distance is important for me. But every time I talk to an eye care professional on any level I get “Bad glasses” “glass lenses” “old eyes” and any other variety of responses.

    Some days, when my eyes are not feeling tired, I can take off my glasses and see everything quite clearly. I’ll put my glasses on and boom, blurry vision. But when my eyes are tired, well my glasses help a lot to keep my vision clear. I’m really super confused by this, and none of the information I’ve gotten has really made any sense to me. I mentioned my blurred vision at a distance with my glasses on to a person when it first became an issue and they just told me I was getting older… Older.. at 29? That…doesn’t really make sense to me. So if there are any gems of information I can get, I’m all ears..well, eyes in this case. I’m open to the new polymer lenses if they really can hold up to someone who is waaay used to having straight glass lenses. But this blurry vision is driving me nuts.

    Thank you,


    • Ryan Phillips
      August 18, 2016 | 12:50 pm

      If you are using glass lenses, that is the best material optically. If not you should be using glass, or Trivex, which is a polymer material that has similar characteristics to glass.
      I assume you have been having your eyes checked when you get glasses. If not perhaps you should go to a different eye doctor and get a fresh prescription. Other than that, an Anti-Reflective coating with a super hard scratch protective coating might be in order. This should help with eye fatigue from using a computer screen for long periods

  144. Brian
    August 14, 2016 | 4:25 pm


    I’ve been a lifelong glasses wearer and am having a brand new issue with my new pair. A few weeks ago I started to have vision issues – as the day wore on, my eyes would get more and more tired and my left eye would start blurring and clouding. Saw eye doc last week and was told I just needed new glasses.

    My prescription changed a bit and I now have anti glare for the first time. Every time I’ve ever gotten new glasses I could see clear immediately… not this time. I picked them up 24 hours ago and they were immediately incredibly blurry in my left eye. I was told that my eyes would adjust and it’s no big deal.

    My eyes did adjust. Some. The blurrinses went down about 50%. My night at work was awful – my left eye is so sore from all the rubbing and trying to keep it working.

    Here’s the thing… if I push up gently on my lower eyelid, or pull away from my nose a little at the corner of my eye closest to my ear, I can see totally clear. If I don’t do that, I’m blurred enough that it makes me sick.

    It seems to me like some kind of measurement nust have been off. Are my eyes really going to adjust enough to fix this? I’m skeptical, and I’ve had over 2 weeks of bad vision causing me to miss some work. I’ve never experienced an adjustment period before… but the slight change in my eye shape causing my vision to clear seems like a problem.


    • Ryan Phillips
      August 17, 2016 | 5:06 pm

      Hi Brian,

      With any new prescription, it is common to have to have an adjustment period. Your eyes got so accustomed to your old one it can take a little bit to adjust. Since you have been wearing them for 2 weeks and not noticing much of a difference, I would bring them back to your eye dr. Have them reexamine your eyes and make sure they didn’t provide you with an incorrect prescription and to verify that the glasses you received were made correctly.

  145. Kenneth Dichi
    August 15, 2016 | 12:11 am

    Hi, my name is Kenneth. I have astigmatism. I got a new glasses 3 weeks ago that is the same grade as my eye contacts which is 175. When I wore the glasses it was blurred but with the contacts it’s fine. They didn’t do a check up for my eye when I got the glasses and they just based the grade on my contact lens record. I went back to the eye clinic and told them the problem, they told me to wear the glasses for a week or two for my eyes to adjust and that it has a little difference when it comes to wearing contacts compare to glasses and they told me if they check my eye and the lens needs adjustment I have to pay again for that adjustment. I wore the glasses for a week but still it’s blurred. I wanna to know if what they are telling me that there is a little difference between wearing contacts and glasses. And what proper action should I take about the situation. I hope you can give me advice about this. Thank you.

    • Ryan Phillips
      August 17, 2016 | 5:26 pm

      Hi Kenneth,

      Your eyeglass prescription and your contact prescription should be two separate things. The reason being that glasses sit farther away from your eyes whereas the contact rests right on it. Before ordering you a pair of eyeglasses, they should have preformed an exam on you to see what your glasses prescription is. You have every right to fight them on charging you for a new exam since it should have been done in the beginning of the process. If you are only allowed 1 visit per year with your insurance, you can try contacting them and explain the situation and see if there is any suggestions they have or can recommend to you another doctor to go for an evaluation.

  146. Jean
    August 16, 2016 | 3:36 am

    Hello I just picked up my new pair of glasses four days ago I’ve been doing my best to wear them but I keep having headaches. My right eye went from a -1.5 to a -1.25 when I last went to the eye doctor (2 or 3 months ago) and they kept my prescription for the left eye the same -1.5. When I got my new glasses and kept getting headaches (I assume from eye strain) I thought my right eye prescription was too low but when I covered my left eye I could see perfectly fine. When I covered my right eye I couldn’t see clearly out of my left. Thinking that maybe target(first time ordering glasses from there) might be wrong I tried on my old glasses -1.5 in left eye also. I could still not see clearly when I covered my right eye up. My main question is: is it possible for my prescription to change so fast?

    • Ryan Phillips
      August 18, 2016 | 12:52 pm

      Hi Jean,

      It’s possible that the doctor could have made an error when writing your prescription and it should have changed in your left eye as well. I would contact your eye dr and present them with the issue you are experiencing and see what they can do for you. They may have you come in for another exam to make sure everything is ok.

  147. Eva
    August 19, 2016 | 9:20 am

    Hello, I have got my first glasses ever. It’s +0.50 on both eyes. Have been wearing them for few days. With them it is like watching trough double glazed windows and when I take them off its like that windows was opened and I could see much better and clearer. I can see and read without glasses, with glasses letters are a little bit bigger – that’s all. Generally I feel much better without them. Is that normal?? Also I have been told in shop that it’s for TV watching as well. But the view is definitely worse with glasses. Thank you

    • Ryan Phillips
      August 24, 2016 | 3:06 pm

      Hi Eva,

      Getting prescription glasses can take some getting used to, especially if you have never worn them before. I would continue to try to wear them and see if you are able to adapt to them in anyway. If after a a week you find it isn’t getting better, I would consult with your eye dr and see if maybe the power is too strong or what the issue could be.

      • Eva
        August 25, 2016 | 12:58 pm

        Thank you for the reply. But am I supposed to watch TV with + glasses? Because TV is in distance
        Thank you

  148. chris
    August 25, 2016 | 1:23 pm

    Good morning! My symptoms are struggling to read, work at a computer, and watch TV. I have been to my Dr twice which said all I need is some cheap reading glasses. I bought a pair, but it just doesn’t seem 100%? also my right eye has started twitching? im so confused! Hoe you can help…Chris

    • Ryan Phillips
      September 2, 2016 | 12:47 pm

      Hi Chris,

      Eye twitching can come from a lot of things such as stress or lack of sleep. If you are concerned due it coming on so suddenly, I would recommend following up with your primary dr to make sure there aren’t any underlying issues.

  149. Tim
    August 26, 2016 | 7:26 pm

    My prescription strength changed slightly in my right eye, my right eye requires a stronger lens. However my left has remained the same. When I got my new glasses, my left eye was sore all throughout the day, while my right eye was perfectly fine! Does this mean they switched my right and left lense by accident?

    • Ryan Phillips
      September 2, 2016 | 12:48 pm

      Hi Tim,

      It is possible that when making the lenses there was an error. I would bring them back to the place you purchased them at or even to your eye dr and have them evaluate the lenses. Your eye dr make preform another eye exam as well to be sure everything is correct on their end as well.

  150. Heidi Michelle
    September 2, 2016 | 3:07 am

    Hi…After 7 years of wearing readers I finally went to see an eye doctor. I was told a bit of astigmatism in both eyes and that I would need bifocals…and unbeknownst to me…I’m a lil near sighted. Got my glasses and I am seeing far away much better. But up close is blurry. I believe these are blended or transitional. Does the blurry reading and up close get better with time? I can’t read. Thank you.

    • Ryan Phillips
      September 2, 2016 | 12:55 pm

      Hi Heidi,

      It sounds like the height of the bifocal isn’t set right for you. You should be able to look down and see clearly right away. There is an adjustment period with the no line bifocals and unfortunately not everybody is able to adjust to them. Bring them back to where you received them and have them remeasure your pupils when wearing the glasses and have them read the lenses to see where the bifocal was made at. If they say it’s correct, you may be best changing to the lined bifocal. They are much easier to adapt to.

  151. Heidi Michelle
    September 2, 2016 | 3:18 am

    One last thing. They say progressive on paperwork…but when I picked them up…the woman used the word blended a couple times. Maybe they mean the same. ???

  152. mauren
    September 24, 2016 | 8:47 pm


    I just got new eyeglasses but my vision is too bright and blurry until I tilt my head slightly to the left then everything is ok. This if my first time wearing eye glasses after 5 years. It also seems that the floor is too near and the people and things around me are short/small. I have L:500 R:400 astigmatism and I am also nearsighted. I have been using this for 2 days now and nothing has changed. Should I give it 2 more weeks? Please help. Thanks a lot!.

    • Ryan Phillips
      September 28, 2016 | 1:28 pm

      Hi Mauren,

      I would give it some time to get adjusted. You said you haven’t worn glasses in 5 years. If after a week or so you don’t notice any difference, I would go back to your eye dr or the place you had the glasses made at and see what they say.

  153. LPG
    October 13, 2016 | 7:16 pm

    Why does my diplopia [I have heterophoria] get much better when I hold my glasses 3-4 inches away from my nose? The prism glasses I had made up work only some of the time.

    • Ryan Phillips
      October 21, 2016 | 12:30 pm


      That is a question best addressed to your eye dr. Maybe the prescription is too strong.

  154. Jonathan
    October 23, 2016 | 8:15 pm


    I’ve just been prescribed new lenses (yestrday) as my left eye (longsightedness) has improved, but my near vision is worse. In my left eye the opposite has happened.

    I get my eyes checked every two years and this appears to be the pattern. But on checking my right eye had been improving, but this time it’s gone from -2.25 to – 3.0.

    I’ve got no cateracts or disease which is comforting, but when I shut my eyes and look through my glasses individually my right eye vision isn’t as crisp as my left. When I do this for close vision they both are fine, any thoughts?

    • Ryan Phillips
      November 2, 2016 | 3:29 pm

      Hi Jonathan,

      Since your prescription changed so much in the right eye, it’s possible you just need some time to adjust to the new correction. If you find after a couple a weeks no difference in your vision, I would go back to your eye dr and make sure the lenses were made correctly and possibly recheck your eyes to make sure they wrote down the correct prescription information.

  155. candy
    November 2, 2016 | 3:15 pm

    I had my initial glasses prescribed last wednesday.The left lense is clear and just perfect. Then the right side just feels as though im wearing no glasses at all.Been wearing them like over 10 hours daily since i got them.This is uncomfortable.Can i go back to my doctor for a change in prescription on my right lense because i have waited enough trying to adjust.

    • Ryan Phillips
      November 3, 2016 | 6:00 pm

      Hi Candy,

      Yes it is best to go back to your eye dr. They will recheck the prescription in your lenses and may give you another eye exam to make sure everything is correct or not.

  156. candy
    November 3, 2016 | 7:03 pm

    Now i see the image at the side like outside since i took them back…Do you adjust to this coz my doctor said the lense is the same now .

  157. Shehzad
    November 7, 2016 | 7:45 am

    Hi. I am new to glasses. I got one yesterday. My left eye has -2,-.75,80axis, right one has -.75, 78 axis. I have been told i suffer astigmatism. The problem is when i close my right eye i still feel blurred but better than before. Is it because of wrong numbers? or it will take time?

    • Ryan Phillips
      November 16, 2016 | 3:07 pm

      Hi Shehzad,

      If you have never worn prescription glasses before, then yes it is going to take time to adjust to them. Your eyes are so used to squinting and overcompensating to get you to see, it needs time to relax and adjust to the new view. If after 2 weeks of having the glasses you are still experience an issue, I would go back to your eye dr and make sure the prescription in the lenses is correct for you.

  158. Richard Faulkerson Jr.
    November 9, 2016 | 7:09 am

    Hi, i just had my initial glasses prescribed yesterday. I got it for more than a week after they had my eyes checked.I just wonder if is it possible that my eyes changed their prescription for more than a week after i got my glasses? Any thoughts?

    • Ryan Phillips
      November 16, 2016 | 3:10 pm

      Hi Richard,

      It is very unlikely that your prescription could have changed during that time period. You need to give your eyes time to adjust to the new prescription. Your eyes are so used to your previous one, they need time to adapt and not work as hard. If after a couple of weeks you are not noticing any difference in your vision, then I would go back to your eye dr and have them make sure the lenses are made correctly or if possibly a number was written down incorrectly,.

  159. Lillian Schaeffer
    April 19, 2017 | 2:20 pm

    I like how you mentioned that headaches caused by eye strain can indicate that your glasses prescription could be wrong. I’ve had my glasses for a while now, but I’ve noticed that things are a bit blurrier than normal, and I get headaches really frequently. It sounds like my prescription may be outdated, so maybe it would be a good idea to visit an optometrist and get it updated.

  160. benedict
    May 11, 2017 | 7:01 pm

    hie i reecenlty changed my specs after they had expired but i went for about 2 months without any specs while i was waiting for a new pair. THe new pair am using right now, my left eye sees more clear than my right eye when i close one eye. I also get a bit of eye itching inmy right eye. Is there need for me to visit a Dr or my eyes are just adjusting.

    • Ryan Phillips
      June 6, 2017 | 1:13 pm

      Hi Benedict,

      It’s possible you may need to adjust to the new glasses. If you continue to experience issues with your eyes after a couple weeks time, then I would follow up with your eye dr again.

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