The Process of Getting Glasses for the First Time

The Process of Getting Glasses for the First Time

The Process of Getting Glasses for the First Time

The Process of Getting Glasses for the First Time

If you need vision correction, you can get eyeglasses, contact lenses, or refractive surgery. Most people start eyeglasses when they find out they need vision correction. Eyeglasses are the easiest, most accessible, and most affordable option. Many people are uncertain about how they will look and feel with eyeglasses. Fortunately, it does not take long to adjust to your new eyewear. 


Eye Exam and Prescription


You need to schedule a comprehensive eye exam before you get new eyeglasses. During the exam, you can discuss changes in your eyesight and other visual symptoms. The doctor will look for eye health issues that may be responsible for your symptoms. Some tests the doctor can perform include:


  • Visual acuity test

  • Refraction test

  • Cover test

  • Slit lamp examination

  • Tonometry

  • Visual field test

  • Eye health assessment


You will need an up-to-date prescription to get eyeglasses. The eye doctor can recommend the best lenses depending on your lifestyle and eye health needs. 


Choosing the Frame 


When shopping for frames, you have a wide selection to choose from. You can get something to suit your style, favorite color, personal preference, and budget. To maximize comfort, ensure you get frames that fit properly. 


Remember, the shape and size of your frames will affect your overall look. Understanding your facial shape will help you choose the right frame for you. Choose a color that will also complement your skin tone, eyes, and hair. 


Customized Lenses 


Besides choosing the best frame, you should consider the lenses you need. Your prescription will determine the thickness and base type of lenses, but you can customize them. You can invest in features or add-ons to make your glasses more comfortable and durable. Tints and coatings can help to eliminate glare and reduce weight. UV protective lenses will help protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful rays. 


Adjustment Period


When you get new prescription glasses, you should expect an adjustment period when you start wearing them. For the best vision correction, pay attention to your new eyewear's feel, fit, and clarity. When fitting your new eyeglasses, ensure the frame is not too tight on the nose or behind the ears. If the glasses are too tight or too loose, you should get them adjusted. Your optician can adjust your frames to make them more comfortable.


You might experience some minor side effects when you wear eyeglasses for the first time. They include light dizziness, headaches, nausea, and eye strain. The symptoms disappear within a few days. 


Improved Eyesight


When you get new eyeglasses, you should experience improved eyesight. The more frequently you wear your eyeglasses, the quicker your eyes will adjust. If you experience side effects for over a week, contact your eye doctor. 


Schedule regular eye exams to check your prescription and ensure you maintain good eye health. You must ensure proper care of your eyeglasses and use both hands to remove them from your face. 


Store them carefully in a hard case when not wearing them. Dirty lenses can cause blurriness in your vision. Lenses last longer and stay clearer when you wash them regularly. It is also a good idea to have a spare pair of eyeglasses. 


For more on getting glasses for the first time, visit Westchester Eyes at our office in Yonkers, New York. Call (914) 586-3937 to book an appointment today.

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