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I just got new lenses for my eyeglasses the other day. I have a very high prescription and just started needing progressive lenses a couple a years ago. I have been fine driving with the new lenses. I am just have trouble reading and doing household tasks. In fact, I can't read my Ipad or computer screen or books at all without taking off my glasses. I have been feeling dizzy/nauseous when I do things.

 

I am worried that the optician won't take me seriously. Because my lenses are so complicated they are very expensive and it is too much to pay for a new pair. Ugh!

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  • I wear very high prescription eyeglasses (-5.5). I refuse to have progressive lenses. 

I keep my lower power prescription eyeglasses for reading and normal close up work. I cannot see to do this kind of work with my newer prescription. My newer prescription is reserved for driving and when I need to see long distance.

When getting a new prescription the brain suddenly gains a whole lot of new information that you otherwise missed because you could not see. It's a bit of information overload until the brain acclimatizes. 

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I just got new lenses for my eyeglasses the other day. I have a very high prescription and just started needing progressive lenses a couple a years ago. I have been fine driving with the new lenses. I am just have trouble reading and doing household tasks. In fact, I can't read my Ipad or computer screen or books at all without taking off my glasses. I have been feeling dizzy/nauseous when I do things.

 

I am worried that the optician won't take me seriously. Because my lenses are so complicated they are very expensive and it is too much to pay for a new pair. Ugh!

We have an optometrist in the family and most of us wear glasses, including complicated prescription glasses.  Glasses, like shoes, should be right the first moment you put them on.

 

They are not right.  Don't let anyone tell you you should live with this. 

 

It is true that some people are more sensitive.  I know I will never wear bifocals because I can't tolerate it.  I can read without glasses though.

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Hopefully they have a guarantee.  I recently got some driving glasses for nighttime driving and didn't think they were right.  As long as I came back within 30 days, they could fix it for me.  I had a new exam done for free, and in the end I decided to keep the glasses as they were, but they'd have been replaced if I'd have needed it.  (Long story about why I went back, but it's resolved now.)

 

First step is to go back and make sure everything is right--make sure the exam was right and make sure the lenses themselves are right.

 

Every doctor will be different, of course, but the people where I went were all very gracious and accommodating when I said I was having trouble. 

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IMO, VERY FEW Optical Laboratories in the world have the kind of Quality Control that ZenniOptical.com has.   I suggest to you that you go back to your Ophthalmologist and have them check your new glasses, against your prescription. There is a high probability the lenses are not correct and I believe that is VERY common.  I had very high Myopia (and Astigmatism), until I had LASIK surgeries in 1997.  Possibly the last pair of glasses I had made in Texas, was the pair that was made incorrectly.  I called the office of my Ophthalmologist and they told me to try them for a week or two, and that if I still had trouble, to call for an appointment, so they could check them.  I kept wearing them and then I went to the office of my Ophthalmologist.   It took them about 30 seconds, to determine that the "Optical Center" was not in the center of the lenses...   I went back to the Optical store (a big optical chain) and they told me about their "Quality Control".  I told them that in that particular case, their "Quality Control" was a total failure.  They had the lenses remade and then they were OK.   I think I also purchased a pair of glasses here (we live in Colombia) that had to be remade.  As I wrote earlier, I believe that is incredibly common.  Have your Ophthalmologist check the glasses to determine if they were made correctly or not. DO NOT TRUST the place where you bought the glasses to do that.  Consider buying from ZenniOptical.com next time. You will save a lot of money and there is a much higher probability the glasses will be made correctly...  The first time...

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There's a pretty small 'sweet spot' with progressive lenses.  They have to progress from the distance portion to the reading portion at the right place-- too high and your distance vision will be difficult. Too low and your reading vision will be crummy. Also, the sweet spot doesn't go very far left and right- you have to turn your head. With your old glasses you were probably doing that without even thinking about it. But I've had glasses where some of all of these things were off and the lenses had to be redone. 

 

Your eye doc will probably tell you it might take a few weeks to adjust to the new lenses, and it might, but I'd also insist that they check the prescription AND that they are progressing at the right spot for your face/eyes. 

 

Sometimes I adjust to new lenses right away, sometimes it takes a couple of weeks...and once it took me almost two months. But one day I put my glasses on and like magic, everything was clear and perfect.  I think my brain is a slow learner.   Hope you can find a solution!!

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You can have them checked to make sure that the prescription is correct, but as long as it is correct, what you are experiencing sounds normal to me. The same thing has happened to me.

 

As we age, the muscles in our eyes lose the ability to do what they are supposed to do which is adjust the lense in the eye to focus at different distances. The prescription in glasses is what is needed to see 20/20 at a set distance. When we are younger, our eyes are able to adjust so that we can still see clearly at different focal lengths, but we lose that as we age. That is where bifocals and trifocal lenses come in.

You probably need different prescriptions for different distances now. I am having the exact same issues. My most recent prescription is great for driving, and I feel much more comfortable driving with them, but I use them when I am working on the computer. I have a full time job working remotely and am on my computer 8-10 hours a day, so this is a big issue. So I have one pair of glasses for driving, and I use the older lower prescription for working on the computer. Neither is right for reading a book or the iPad, so right now, I have a pair of glasses propped on my head.

 

I refuse to wear lined bifocals right now, and my insurance will not cover the kind without lines, so I will just keep switching glasses. A few years ago when I had really good insurance, I had a pair of no line trifocals which I really liked. One of these days, I will have to,suck it up and pay for another pair.

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I too have a very strong prescription, astigmatism, and use progressive lenses.  My first pair of lenses had to be remade TWICE (at no extra cost to me) since they did not compensate for my astigmatism enough.  Last two times I have needed stronger lenses they have come out fine the first time.  I get my glasses from the local Walmart (prescription from a eye specialist elsewhere though) but do not know if they do the lenses in-house or what lab they send out to.  If you haven't had progressives before, it can take a few days to adjust to them. But if after 3 - 4 days you are still not happy, do go back in and insist they fix the problem. 

 

BTW my eyes are now 57 years old. 

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I had a similar problem; very warped lenses required by astigmatism correction and progressive vision change in the lens.  

 

I got the prescription from the Costco doctor, got the glasses from the Costco lab.  

 

And had a headache for 6 weeks.

 

Went back to my eye doctor of 20 years (she had been unavailable for a time...) and she rechecked.  The prescription as written was correct.  She explained to me that the reason Costco has cheap lenses is that they send out bids, and you don't really get a choice as to the materials used.  WELL, for my complicated lens, the lab had chosen to use a polycarbonate, the same material used in airplane windows.  Strong, yes, but not capable of being precisely tuned.  The second thing was that the LAB had decided that the prescription could not possible be right--there was too much differential in the "level" of my eyes.  So they changed it to be what they thought it should be.  Well, folks, my eyes ARE 3mm difference in level AND I have a lazy left eye, so the prescription is ODD but it is correct...but they thought they knew better.  

 

I got new glasses with the same prescription but had them made with my original optometrist's specifications as re: materials and GUESS WHAT!  I love my glasses.  

 

So yeah, go back and get them fixed.

 

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Very long story short. I wear bifocals, have astigmatism and prisms in both eyes. I purchased both regular glasses and sunglasses in August. It took 3 months to get the right prescription in the right part of the frame so I could see well in my regular glasses. Just this past Monday, I took my sunglasses back. I couldn't see well through them when I left the store, but thought my eyes would adjust to them. They didn't, but I broke my foot and couldn't get around for 6 weeks. Last week, the optometrist's office measured the strength in them and discovered they were too strong and had too much prism based on what my regular glasses are. When I took the sunglasses back to the company I purchased them from, they checked the prescription and said it was correct. However, the measurements were quite a bit off, so I'm hoping this week I'll get them back and I'll be able to wear them.

 

I will not return to this company again. It's the manager who has incorrectly input my info that has caused most of the delays. She also cleaned DH's glasses by removing the lenses. When she put the lenses back in, she put them in upside down (his lenses are circular.) He commented that he couldn't see well, but thought his eyes needed to readjust to wearing clean glasses. LOL!  

 

Those of you having to adjust to bifocals: I wore glasses from Chemistrie that have a base prescription, then an overlay held in place with magnets for reading glasses or sunglasses. I got tired of taking off the reading lenses and always having to carry them with me, so I'm trying the bifocals. I think I'll go back to the Chemistrie glasses next time; I don't like the bifocals very much. The reading bifocal part isn't wide (long?) enough for me to read a book without having my head cocked at a strange angle.

 

OP, keep returning them to where you purchased them. I would expect the company to honor the work they did. It would be different if you were needing a different prescription because your eyes changed. Have them double check the measurements and the prescription. Can you see better if you hold the glasses up off your nose or if they slide down your nose? If so, it's likely a measurement issue. Don't be afraid to tell the staff you can't see. I've decided if I can't see better when I put the glasses on, something is wrong with the glasses, not with me. I might get a headache from the change after wearing them for a little while, but I should see an improvement when I put them on. If I can't, I won't leave the store with them. They need to be the correct prescription with the right measurements!

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I have had a couple different chain stores insist "you'll get used to them" only to find out that either the RX or the placement was literally wrong.

 

I found a local, privately owned shop and they worked with me until they were perfect.

 

With the right pair I don't even notice the progressive-ness.

 

Good luck!

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