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arcarsenal : 2/1/2019 12:38 pm
So, I just ordered a couple of new pairs of prescription glasses. Made sure I had updated, accurate prescription info from my most recent visit.

Got them yesterday and when I put them on, I was kind of caught off guard.

I see clearly straight ahead just like with my old glasses, but closer stuff near the tops and bottoms seem distorted. The floor looks like it's curving up towards me if I look down and to the right. The top of my laptop looks slanted while I'm on it, the floor seems higher, and I feel like I am 3 feet tall.

The prescription is no different than my old pair - but the frames are taller. I am near-sighted, so they're for distance. I see fairly well up close - a little clearer with my glasses than without.

But the distortion around the edges is making me dizzy and the adjustment isn't there - my sensory system is expecting my feet to hit the floor a millisecond earlier than they are because the ground LOOKS higher when I wear them. So it's kind of bothering me and is a weird sensation.

I keep reading that I need to just keep wearing them for a few days until I adjust. I don't think the prescription is wrong because if I sit still and look straight ahead, I see clearly in the distance just like with my old pair.

But these just feel weird so far.

For what it's worth, I'm supposed to wear them for driving, watching TV, etc. but don't need to wear them all day. I'm trying to wear them a bit more to see if it'll help me adjust.

Stick with it for a few days and see if it gets better or is something just wrong with the lenses/needs to be changed?
That's usually normal  
Anakim : 2/1/2019 12:41 pm : link
That happens to me all the time when I get a new pair with a new prescription, especially if the new frames are shaped differently than my previously glasses.

Give your eyes a while to adjust, but make sure that the prescription is correct. Optometrists can fuck up making the glasses and give you the wrong prescription.
RE: That's usually normal  
arcarsenal : 2/1/2019 12:49 pm : link
In comment 14283566 Anakim said:
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That happens to me all the time when I get a new pair with a new prescription, especially if the new frames are shaped differently than my previously glasses.

Give your eyes a while to adjust, but make sure that the prescription is correct. Optometrists can fuck up making the glasses and give you the wrong prescription.


I'm fairly certain the script is correct - I ordered 2 pairs with almost identical frame sizes and my sight is identical with each.

Nothing is blurry - my vision is definitely clear and crisp directly ahead of me, it's just this weird angular distortion where the floor looks curved/higher and certain things seem slanted or a bit misshapen.

I've been doing a bunch of reading on it and some people say it's totally normal, common, etc... and then there are other people who are like "they're definitely wrong, get them replaced immediately, etc."

I don't think they're wrong though. It sounds like I just need to stick it out but I wasn't sure. This is the first time I've replaced my frames in like 5 years.
RE: RE: That's usually normal  
Anakim : 2/1/2019 12:51 pm : link
In comment 14283574 arcarsenal said:
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In comment 14283566 Anakim said:


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That happens to me all the time when I get a new pair with a new prescription, especially if the new frames are shaped differently than my previously glasses.

Give your eyes a while to adjust, but make sure that the prescription is correct. Optometrists can fuck up making the glasses and give you the wrong prescription.



I'm fairly certain the script is correct - I ordered 2 pairs with almost identical frame sizes and my sight is identical with each.

Nothing is blurry - my vision is definitely clear and crisp directly ahead of me, it's just this weird angular distortion where the floor looks curved/higher and certain things seem slanted or a bit misshapen.

I've been doing a bunch of reading on it and some people say it's totally normal, common, etc... and then there are other people who are like "they're definitely wrong, get them replaced immediately, etc."

I don't think they're wrong though. It sounds like I just need to stick it out but I wasn't sure. This is the first time I've replaced my frames in like 5 years.


What lens shape are your old and new glasses? And was there a big change in your eyesight, from your old to new script?
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arcarsenal : 2/1/2019 1:01 pm : link
My new glasses have slightly taller frames. These are closer to square (obviously not actual squares) whereas my old pair was more rectangular and "shorter"

I wanted slightly larger frames because I felt like the old ones were constantly in my field of vision and they just didn't fit that comfortably - but I did see well out of them.

My script is the same. I still see very clearly out of my old frames.

I figured if the script was new, that would make sense - but since it's the same, I was wondering why my peripheral vision felt so distorted and off.

I think I remember this weird height sensation when I first started wearing my old pair where I felt like I was about 3 feet tall because the ground looked higher up, but it eventually went away. I just didn't remember the floor looking curved or things below me seeming slanted upwards.
A few months ago my wife went through the same thing.  
Beezer : 2/1/2019 1:08 pm : link
Fast forward to next week: cataract surgery.

Possibility?
RE: A few months ago my wife went through the same thing.  
arcarsenal : 2/1/2019 1:11 pm : link
In comment 14283610 Beezer said:
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Fast forward to next week: cataract surgery.

Possibility?


I think that's a bit of a jump, Beez.

I was able to see perfectly fine with my old pair. I still am if I put them on. It's pretty clearly the new frames/lenses - not something that requires surgery.
Took a shot. lol  
Beezer : 2/1/2019 1:12 pm : link

Good luck!
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arcarsenal : 2/1/2019 1:16 pm : link
Lol, thanks! I mean - I'd like to think surgery isn't where this is going!

I'm really just traditionally nearsighted. Nothing unusual or worrisome about my vision as far as I know.

Without glasses distance is just blurry and I can't read highway signs or clocks or anything unless I'm close to them, so I need to wear them when I drive. I also squint like crazy trying to watch a game without them, so I use them for TV too. Some days I will just wear them most of the day since they don't bug me or give me a headache and just allow my eyes to strain so much less.

But... that was my old pair.

I guess I'll give it until the end of the weekend with these and see if anything changes.
Takes Time, But  
Percy : 2/1/2019 1:36 pm : link
I just went through glasses changes after cataract surgery. I have to have prisms in my lenses and found that, when they used the supposedly optically "better" new stuff for the lenses instead of the old stuff (polycarbonate), I did better at night with the old stuff with the very same prescription. Had to change 'em again back to the old stuff! Eye doctors are not always fully aware of such things and neither are the opticians. Long way of saying see what your new lenses are made of compared to your old ones -- and don't give until they're just right for your own eyes.
Arc....  
BillKo : 2/1/2019 3:09 pm : link
....I just started wearing glasses at 50.

First had reading glasses, which I loved. The next year, went to progressives so I didn't have to take on/off my readers at work all the time.

When I first got them, hated them. Vision on the outer halves curved what I was looking at, figured I made a huge mistake.

Then my lens on my readers fell out and I was force to keep using the progressives.

Now......they feel totally normal. Give it time!
I've been through similar issues  
TJ : 2/1/2019 6:55 pm : link
Some glasses changes easier some tougher. This year though threw me for a loop. Doc recommended I get contacts because I can be corrected cliser to 20/20 with them than with glasses. But I need bifocals. Apparently you can get bifocal contacts with both prescriptions in each lens but the doc says they have much better success when they put the reading lens in one eye and the distance lens in the other.

It's been a few weeks and it still very occasionally takes a noticeable time to switch. But the first few days it was very weird as my eyes got used to it.
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arcarsenal : 2/1/2019 7:08 pm : link
Thanks, guys - appreciate the accounts/advice.

It sounds like it is actually very normal. I am assuming it's the shape of the lens that my eyes haven't adjusted to. With my old pair, more of my peripheral sight was open and left to my eyes while straight ahead, up and down were viewed through my lenses.

It seems like my eyes aren't picking up the difference yet. I'm going to stick with them for a few days and see if there's improvement.

I just got thrown for a loop because every now and then I'd see people say that it's an indication something wrong with the lenses or prescription but I'm not sure I believe that if I can see so clearly straight ahead. My vision is undeniably clear and better with the glasses on - it's really the ground and stuff below my eye level - it appears weirdly slanted and the false impression I'm getting of the floor makes it feel a bit weird when I walk around.

Anyway - going to stick it out for the weekend and see if there's a difference.
Probably need frame adjustment  
trueblueinpw : 2/1/2019 7:22 pm : link
The angle of the lens in the frame may be off. I would take them back to the optometrist and ask their help. A good optometrist will know what needs fixing right away, a shitty optometrist will get annoyed with you.

Now if youíre wearing progressive lenses thatís something you need to get used to over the course of a while. But, it doesnít sound to me like youíve got progressives b/c a good eye doctor would have warned you all about the time it takes to adjust to progressive (which in my case was months).
2-3 days you won't notice anything wrong  
montanagiant : 2/1/2019 8:43 pm : link
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A couple years back....  
Reb8thVA : 2/1/2019 9:58 pm : link
I had trouble adjusting to bifocals and gave up. I just took my glasses on and off as needed. My vision has gotten worse so I have no choice but to get the bifocals again. Iím not looking forward to it.
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arcarsenal : 2/1/2019 10:27 pm : link
Reb... how much time did you give it before you gave up?

It's tough because some people say it took 2-3 days, some say 2-3 weeks. But it's hard to stick it out that long if they're making you feel off and uncomfortable.

I'm trying to kind of work myself into them and wear them for a little bit and then take them back off. I'm tempted to just wear my old ones again, but apparently that'll just confuse my eyes more and make the adjustment more difficult.

I will report back in a few days!
Definitely make sure the lenses are properly positioned  
montanagiant : 2/1/2019 11:30 pm : link
Sometimes they put them in but are off the ridged centerline.
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