My New Glasses Feel Too Strong

The symptoms are unmistakable, and occur from the moment you put on your new pair of glasses; objects seem either too close or farther away than they should, or move at a bit of a blur.

Are My New Glasses Too Strong?

My New Glasses Feel Too StrongYour vision seems super-sensitive, hyperactive. Sometimes people describe the effect as “tunnel vision.” It could be any or all of the above.

However the condition manifests itself in your case, you’ll know it when it happens. Your brand new glasses simply feel too strong. What happened? Was a mistake made in cutting the prescription, creating lenses that are a diopter or two off from your required vision correction setting? Did the optical exam you recently underwent miss something, or misdiagnose your prescription?

It’s possible. Mistakes like that do happen. Your prescription can be slightly off even if no error is made at the eye exam; if, for example, your eyes are tired after a long day when you had the exam performed. (It’s recommended that you try to schedule an optical examination when your eyes are “fresh,” such as in the early morning or during days when you won’t be spending several hours at a computer monitor.) Sometimes mistakes of the old-school variety at to blame – poor handwriting on a prescription form, miscalibrated machinery, etc.

These problems, however, are relatively few and far between. What’s more likely is that you simply need time to adjust to your new lenses. If you’ve had any change in prescription strength, for either eye, your eyes need an adjustment period to become acclimated to those changes. Light is now being directed through your eyes’ lenses just a little bit differently than it used to; the muscles that position the eye and the photoreceptors that process the information need to compensate for these developments.

Even if your prescription stays exactly the same, new glasses can seem strong and somewhat “off” for a period of time. Lenses change with age – minute scratches, fading, and gradual yellowing alter them very slightly over the years, and your brand new lenses are crisp and clear. The difference might not be obvious, but it’s there. Vision is also altered by other factors, such as additional tints or coatings on your new lenses that weren’t present on your old pair of glasses. Even different frames or lens shapes can alter the way your eye process visual information, requiring an adjustment period for you to get accustomed to new glasses.

Shop Prescription EyewearRegardless of the reason, the feeling that your glasses are too strong should gradually dissipate, and by two or three days of constant use, your eyes should completely adjust to the new lenses. If they do not, a revisit to your optometrist may be in order to confirm your prescription or determine if the lenses are at fault. Just be sure to wear the new glasses throughout the adjustment period. It’s tempting to switch back to your old familiar pair, but doing will reset your eyes’ new training period.

11 Responses to My New Glasses Feel Too Strong
  1. Patricia
    May 2, 2014 | 4:57 pm

    I went to the optometrist, I have suspected glaucoma, and I needed glasses. My eyes are extremely sensitive to light, so I told them I needed them to tint (they never told me that they do not work in the car), so it was terrifying driving to their office, where she then informed me, because I told her they didn’t work. She then told me they only work in direct sunlight. I received my glasses April 22. I have been back twice and had them adjusted and complained about the glare-and the ear pain from them, the fact I can’t use them driving-which now I have Wal-Mart clip-ons. I can’t wear them outside, in stores, under lights, or near a window because of the glare. Which they said I needed to adjust to. The lens coverage is too short. the lenses pop out easily. they won’t give me a refund, but I can bring them back May 5th when they get back from vacation (which was April 26 to May 5th)to have them sent off for lenses replaced. I asked if I could just get a refund and start over. They said No because there was nothing wrong with the frames. They make my eyes burn, twitch, and feel like sand in them. I go to bed with a headache and wake up with my eyes feeling sore- like they were used as ping pong balls. The transitional lenses help me non at all-because I have to have clip-ons over them. Am I allowed to demand a refund for the defective glasses and start over. They do not take my eye sensitivity seriously, and being its my optometrists office, I am upset that money means more than a clients well fare. To top it off they didn’t give me my prescription, so I can’t get them anywhere else.

  2. Patricia
    May 2, 2014 | 5:06 pm

    And I should point out, that the only thing I was asked when ordering is if I wanted bifocals. and the price was $334. On line it says there are a lot of options. Huh- I was never asked any. If they have an anti-glare I would drop bifocal and transitions to have it. I’m poor so I can’t just go out and buy another pair. I wanted to see my son on stage on his graduation next month. If I have these glasses it’s going to give me a migraine to see him.

    • Kieran Hunt
      May 6, 2014 | 1:47 pm

      Hi Patricia,

      Your glasses should definitely not be causing you this many problems. If the lenses are popping out, it’s definitely a good reason for the lenses to be remade. If the eye doctor is going to remake them anyway, I suggest that you demand that they have anti-reflective coating put on them to reduce the glare problems you’re having. Also, let them know about all the pain and problems you’ve been having.

      It sounds like a lot of your pain and problems are actually related to an eye disorder, and not the glasses at all. You said you have suspected glaucoma. Is this being treated for? The glasses may not be the problem.

      Kieran Hunt

  3. Alman
    March 25, 2015 | 9:37 pm

    TAKE THEM OFF. Adjusting to them means your eyes are accommodating and becoming even weaker for the overpowered lenses!

  4. Lakeisha porchia
    November 2, 2015 | 2:23 am

    I’m finding that I have to lift them to read and straining to see far away.

  5. Victoria Whitlock
    September 20, 2016 | 1:12 am

    Ok here’s my problem. I got a new pair of glasses and my eyes have been hurting. But before I got the new pair my eyes were still hurting even then. And when I stay out in really bright sunlight my eyes will hurt. Could it be because my eyes are getting used to the glasses and the fact that I read too much is causing my eye pain? I think when I say I read alot is an understatement, I read constantly. Sometimes I see silver spots. But my eyes are healthy. They had a new machine that took pictures of my eyes and the doctor said that they were in great health. When I stopped reading my eyes starting to feel better. And when I took my glasses off they better still. However my eyes are still a little sore. Are they just tired and in need of rest from too much sunlight and reading. Because the glasses also have a high definition and is supposed to help my vision sharper and I have the non glare package too. Are my eyes also just getting used to this too?

    • Ryan Phillips
      September 23, 2016 | 7:05 pm

      Hi Victoria,

      These questions should be more directed toward your eye dr. It’s possible you have eye fatigue from reading so much. I know it happens to me from time to time. I would address with your dr the issue of seeing spots. They may do a follow up exam and make sure there aren’t any issues with your eyes.

  6. Apolo Funes
    October 3, 2016 | 1:38 pm

    Hello. I’m a little bit worried I wear for the first time glasses I had it for 20 minutes only and I got headache in the back of my head also pinch in the sides of my head so I take it off after an hour if my headache goes away so I put back my glasses and I wearing it an hour this time while I was reading when I take them off the headache on the back of my head it was horrible including painted on the sides of my head again but a lot worse than before it’s been two days without wearing the glasses in my head still hurts that’s why I am concerned in a bit is scared of this is symptoms I didn’t have it before wearing the glasses, this could be possible of a strong prescription? And this headache would go away it right?

    • Ryan Phillips
      October 11, 2016 | 1:46 pm

      Hi Apolo,

      I would contact your primary dr and have the headaches checked out. I couldn’t say that it is or isn’t from the glasses.

  7. Stevo
    October 30, 2016 | 3:33 pm

    I had my eyes tested and new glasses made up to that spec. As soon as I put them n it was not ok at all, I had vertigo and it felt like my head was being pulled around. I had the lenses tested and were to spec.
    As I got them made up in a different place to the optometrists I can’t get a refund.
    Can there be a softer prescription?
    If I can still easily see the legal distance to drive, and my prescription shouldn’t be much different, why shouldn’t I just get glasses to the old spec?
    What mistake could the optometrists have made?
    I’ve never had a problem before, but was tested at another place with traditional methods.

    • Ryan Phillips
      November 3, 2016 | 6:24 pm

      Hi Stevo,

      Just because you can see with your old prescription, doesn’t mean it’s right for your eyes. It’s always best to get rechecked at most every 2 years. Wearing glasses that aren’t with an updated prescription can cause more harm than you think. Your eyes change as you age and if you are wearing a prescription that is 5 years old just because you feel like it’s ok, you could be causing a lot of strain and damage on your eyes. If you feel the prescription in your new glasses is too strong, go back to your eye dr and address it with them. They will recheck the lenses to make sure they were made correctly and may possibly recheck your eyes as well

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