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Got new glasses and they hurt my eyes- any opticians out there?

(10 Posts)
AmeliaGrey Tue 12-Jul-11 18:45:15

Picked up my new reading glasses and they are soooooo strong. First new pair for years- about 6 or more.
They are for computer work and reading, but when I use them everything around me is distorted- the desk, edge of table etc seem curved , and I feel sick after wearing them for a few minutes.

Will I "get used to them" or should I go back? I always have this problem and sometimes it takes years before they feel "right".

When I have gone back in the past, they tell me to persevere , but meanwhile it's very uncomfortable.

RuthChan Tue 12-Jul-11 18:57:51

You should go back.
Why should you persevere with glasses that are so clearly wrong for you?
They should give you lenses that are of the right strength.

AmyStake Tue 12-Jul-11 20:03:25

God no, you should go back! Your opticians will have a machine that can check the strength of your lenses to make sure they match your prescription. Sometimes labs make mistakes. Ask them to do that first. If they are the right lenses for your prescription then I would ask to be retested by the Optician at no charge!

Did you get distance glasses as well or just reading glasses? Are the distance glasses OK? If they are then they have probably mucked up the strength of your reading add of your prescription smile.

Did you get them from a chain like Specsavers or an independent optician?

ThatVikRinA22 Tue 12-Jul-11 20:07:21

In a past life I was an optical assistant- you definitely need to go back! Get them to do a recheck and they need double check the specs against the prescription, hth!

AmeliaGrey Tue 12-Jul-11 20:09:36

I didn't get distance glasses as don't need them mostly but she said I could now use my old reading glasses for distance for driving in poor conditions.

These new ones are just for reading and pc work- but even using the pc at arms length is impossible as they give me slightly fuzy sight- they only work for me I am holding up a book quite close- and the minute anything else comes into my sight line such as the edge of atable or desk, they appear curved and i can't judge distances.

I think what sometimes happens with me is that I make my eyes work very hard- avoid using glasses whenever possible- so that what shows up in the ye test is right in theory, but far too strong in practise- if that makes sense.

Got them at Specsavers.

I have worn them for a couple of hours today and have a migraine over one eye, which is the weakest eye where I have quite bad astigmatism.

AmyStake Tue 12-Jul-11 20:31:48

Amelia I have the same problem. I have problems with my cornea in my left eye which has caused me to have a strong astigmatism and amblyopia. I get retinal migraines and If I don't wear my glasses I feel physically sick because my eyes hurt so much!

You should definitely go back to Specsavers tomorrow and ask them to check them, and that you don't feel they are right. Don't let them fob you off with "give them a few days". smile

Meglet Tue 12-Jul-11 20:37:47

My opticians messed up my prescription at the start of the year. What really bugged me is that as soon as I tried them on in the shop I told them they were wrong and I couldn't see and they said I'd get used to them.

Two bloody months of wearing them round the house and feeling sick and they never got any better.

Went back to the shop geared up to do battle for a new pair, they were as nice as pie, checked my eyes again and it turned out one eye was too weak and the other too strong. The re-made them free of charge.

I'm sure if you go back they will check your eyes again.

LeMousquetaireAnonyme Tue 12-Jul-11 20:38:50

It takes time to get used to a new prescription with astigmatism. It really makes you sick at the beginning, but once your are use to it you can't get back.
Really if you have astigmatism give it a few days (more like a week) If you don't have astigmatism then go back straight away they gave you the wrong prescription.

mollymole Tue 12-Jul-11 20:50:08

as a part time opticians receptionist i would say go back and have the glasses rechecked that they are the same as the optical prescription - ask that they are checked by a 'dispensing optician' not the sales staff and if they say they are correct then ask for an explanation as to why you cannot see properly (could be that they are badly fitted) but if you can see the computer screen only as fuzzy and can't read unless the book is up your nose then something is not right - when they have checked them, if thy say they are ok you should be able to tell right away , read a book, in the opticians and ask to sit at their computer to check the middle distance and if they still feel no better ask for a recheck with the optometrist.
if you are still unhappy go into an independant optician with your prescription and the glasses and ask them to check them for you
i have astigmatism and wear varifocals and have never had to spend days getting used to a new prescription
the remark about using your old reading glasses for driving 'in poor conditions' is a strange one !!

AmeliaGrey Tue 12-Jul-11 21:15:25

Thanks everyone. All useful*Molly*.

The reason she said I could use my reading glasses for driving is that my sight has changed- not sure which way as Ialways get confused- but think I am now more long sighted. She said considering I don't wear glasses for driving( I have some but they give me problems too- distort distances!- so only use on fog etc) she didn't want to give me a stronger driving prescription.

One eye has astigmatism and the other had changed a bit but not much.

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