It’s very common to experience headaches with new glasses, especially if you’ve never worn them before. Often people get headaches when they need glasses, as their eyes are straining to try to get a clear vision. Glasses will certainly help, but your eyes need to catch up in the meantime. Wearing glasses changes the way your eye muscles are used to working. Even though it will improve your vision, it just takes a while for the muscles in your eyes to adapt to the habits. As a result, headaches happen because these muscles work against the vision change, causing eye strain and associated head pain. The good news is that once your muscles are used to the change, your headaches should disappear.
HEV Light (Blue light)
High Energy Visible light (HEV), also known as blue light, has more exposure than you might realize. Sources of HEV light include sun exposure, mobile devices, tablets, computer monitors, laptops, and full-spectrum lighting. Moreover, additional sources can come from reflective surfaces (we know these also intensify sunburn) such as water, sand, snow, and glass. Blue light is known to cause damage to the retina as the rays can penetrate deeply into the eye. Therefore, if you spend hours in front of a screen, you may be experiencing digital eye strain. Eye strain effects like headaches, blurred vision, dry eyes, and more.
Getting New Glasses
During your eye examination, your optician will look for any signs that show if you have any problems seeing into the distance or up close. These refractive errors can be easily corrected with the right lenses, but it could take a while for you to adjust to wearing them often.
Usually, you will experience headaches when your eyes are straining to see clearly, and glasses can improve this. However, your eyes can take some time to catch up with the power of your lenses. This can sometimes result in a headache because your eyes and the surrounding muscles are working differently.
Over time, this will begin to subside as your eyes and muscles get used to the change.
Adjusting To a New Prescription
It can usually take a few days to adjust to your new prescription lenses, but it can depend on how much your prescription has changed and whether you’ve worn glasses before. You can help your eyes to adapt quicker by putting your glasses on in the morning so that your eyes don’t have to deal with a sudden vision change later in the day.
If your eyes become itchy or sore, take your glasses off to give your eyes a small break.