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I first got glasses around two years ago for short sightedness. Recently my eyes were starting to feel tired and achy like they were before I first needed glasses so I had another eye test. The left eye was fine, it was still the same as before but now I also had astigmatism in my right eye. I just got the new glasses today and everything seems to be slanting to the left and I feel dizzy.

My previous glasses were perfect from when I first wore them. The optician said I just need to get used to them. So am I expected to put up with the headache and dizziness for a few weeks and just hope it goes away? Or do I maybe need a slightly lower prescription?

My dizziness is far worse with the new ones and I've been wearing them for about an hour and am starting to feel sick with them on as well. Not good, is it?


take care,


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May. 14th, 2009 11:25 am (UTC)
All those symptoms you are describing sound normal to me and I've changed prescriptions more times than I care to admit (half blind, yeah).
When you change from one pair of glasses to the other the first two days is a mess of headaches and diziness. Just give them maybe 2-3 days? Everything after that means that there is a problem. My dad went through this about a month ago and had just the same problem.

I hope things stop being dizzy around you though! :)
May. 14th, 2009 12:32 pm (UTC)
Yes, I'll give them a few days to see. It was just so weird because with my first glasses a few years ago, everything was fine as soon as I wore them :) Mind you, I didn't have an astigmatism correction prescription then.
May. 14th, 2009 12:05 pm (UTC)
That tallies with my experience of new prescriptions, and I've changed glasses with almost every check-up since I started wearing them at age 10. With me, it usually takes anything from just a couple of hours to a few days before I adjust properly to them and everything's fine again - I'd guess if it goes on for more than maybe three days you should consider going back and explaining the problem =) Nothing to worry about, I shouldn't think.
May. 14th, 2009 12:33 pm (UTC)
That's the weird thing, for my first glasses, there was no adjustment needed, they were perfect when I first wore them, no dizziness or headaches etc. But that prescription wasn't for astigmatism then, just short-sight.
May. 14th, 2009 01:56 pm (UTC)
Hm, well I'm just short-sighted so I don't have any knowledge of astigmatism. I imagine that the slight change in prescription will have more of an effect than when you first start wearing them because you will have been compensating for the slight problem in a way you wouldn't when everything was blurry - but that's just supposition ;) I don't remember what it was like when I first got mine.

I'd still guess it will settle down in a few days' time, but it's always better to be safe than sorry if you're really worried.
May. 14th, 2009 12:26 pm (UTC)
You might not be able to cope with a full astigmatism correction. I can't. You do, however, need to give it a few days before getting the lenses changed out. I recently got new glasses, in part because I have astigmatisms in both eyes. Only problem is, I've had them for twenty years without being diagnosed, so my brain has long since learned how to cope. SO when they were corrected, I had a non-stop migrane for three days before I went back in to complain. Needless to say, I don't have a astigmatism correction anymore. It made me sick.
May. 14th, 2009 12:29 pm (UTC)
Still have glasses though, 'cause I'm terribly nearsighted, too. The astigmatism correction, aside from giving me the headache from hell, also made me seasick.
May. 14th, 2009 12:34 pm (UTC)
I was just starting to feel sick with them on too, I've taken them off and will try wearing them for a while again later on. I have a migraine as well, so not sure whether the nausea is from that or from the glasses or in fact if the glasses have caused it all at the moment. I'll see how it goes.
May. 14th, 2009 12:31 pm (UTC)
You've been adjusting for the astigmatism without the glasses, and now the glasses are doing it for you, and you're not used to it. I have severe astigmatism in both eyes, and that's what it's like for me whenever the prescription changes. It sucks though. If it's really bad, call the doctor, with your problems with dizzyness, it's not something you want to mess around with. (This reminds me, I need to go to the eye doctor.)
May. 14th, 2009 12:35 pm (UTC)
Yes, I'll give it a while to see if it gets any better, if not, back to the optician again. Things feel really weird with them on!
May. 14th, 2009 08:37 pm (UTC)
Astigmatism is tricksy. I've had it pretty much my entire life, but yeah it takes a few days to adjust, and it gets crazier when you factor in bifocals which I wear. THAT adjustment took me a week here and it was not pretty. Damn I really do need to go to eye doctor and get checked soon, I'm due for it.

If the problem persists beyond a week? Go back and get rechecked. My roommate had to do that recently and it turned out they made the mistake in the prescription.
May. 15th, 2009 09:15 am (UTC)
They're feeling a bit better today now that I've had a sleep, maybe I was just really tired or something yesterday. I'll see how it goes for a week or so.
May. 14th, 2009 10:23 pm (UTC)
No, that's normal. That's how mine looked the first time I got them. It really does go away. Just be sure to hold on to something to guide you when you walk. LOL

I actually do get it every time I get new glasses, it's just not usually so bad as it was the first time.
May. 15th, 2009 09:15 am (UTC)
They feel a bit better today, I don't feel so wobbly on my feet :)
May. 15th, 2009 03:02 am (UTC)
Every time I've gotten a new prescription for my glasses at my new eye place, the doc has told me to not wear them until the next morning, since sleeping somehow resets your eyes. Since following that advice, I have had a much easier time adjusting to the new strengths.
May. 15th, 2009 09:16 am (UTC)
Interesting, I had a sleep last night before I saw this post, but they do feel a bit better on today. Maybe I just need to get used to them.

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