children adjusting to new glassesFor most children, it’s perfectly normal to feel strange with the new sensations of his or her new glasses.  The process is similar to breaking in a new pair of shoes. There may be a brief period of discomfort, but eventually the glasses should become very comfortable. 

Adjusting to new glasses can take up to two weeks for some children, especially if they have a new prescription, if the new frame is larger than what they are used to, or if its their first ever pair of glasses.

If your child has never worn glasses before, simply having frames on their face may seem strange. In addition, adjusting to a new point-of-view and seeing the world in high-definition can often take a little getting used to.

If your child has been wearing glasses for a long time, their little brain gets used to the old prescription glasses and point-of-view and can find it hard to adjust if the prescription is changed.

Once your child's brain and eyes learn new habits, the high-definition vision and new sensations will feel comfortable. This can often take couple of weeks.

 

Common questions and symptoms from children regarding their eyeglass prescription 

child squinting with glassesThe following are normal symptoms kids experience while adjusting to their new glasses. The good news is that these symptoms are only temporary and generally resolve quite quickly.

- Eye strain or irritation
- Prescription feels too strong
- Clear but uncomfortable
- Distorted peripheral vision
- Mild headaches
- Fish-bowl effect
- Objects feel closer or further away than usual

If your child experiences these normal symptoms, it almost always relates to a change in prescription or the frame being larger than they are used to.

Because your child's eyes have grown accustomed to their old prescription and glasses, or are so used to not having a prescription at all, this change will take some getting used to.

The optometrist or ophthalmologist calibrates your child's vision extremely accurately, also taking into account where possible, any predictable future changes.

So, while the new prescription may often temporarily appear worse than the old glasses, the new prescription should feel much better after a short time.

 

Tips for helping your child adjust to their new glasses

 

Have the child wear them consistently

Your child might be hesitant to wear their glasses consistently because they feel uncomfortable with them, but it’s an absolute must for their brain and eyes to get used to them. Have your child wear them as prescribed by your doctor, taking them off only if they develop eye pain, headaches, or dizziness. Once the symptoms pass, put the glasses on again.

Also, if their prescription changed, its best to discontinue wearing the glasses with the old prescription as going back and forth between prescriptions will make the adjustment period last longer.

Adjust the glasses for a better fit

To ensure that your child is looking through the optical center of the lens, adjust the temple arm tips for a more snug fit (to keep the glasses from sliding). 
Prescription lenses have an optical center matching their pupillary distance (so the optical center aligns with their pupil) ... so if the glasses are sliding down on their nose the child may not be looking through the optical center of the lens.

Clean the lenses regularly

Dust and smudges on your child's eyeglasses will make it harder for them to adjust to their new glasses. To avoid this, regularly clean the new lenses, especially before your child puts them on for the first time during the day. Use clear water or a lens cleaner, along with a scratch-free cloth, to keep the lenses clean.

Is your child still struggling?

If after a period of two to three weeks your child is still experiencing any of the above symptoms as a result of their glasses, please be sure to be in contact with us.

Your child's glasses have been custom-made and perfectly calibrated to match their prescription, so it is also important to get in touch with your optometrist to tell them about the symptoms your child is experiencing so they can ensure the accuracy of the prescription.