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7 Signs Your Glasses Don’t Fit

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7 Signs Your Glasses Don’t Fit

Does your nose start to hurt after wearing glasses for a while? Getting headaches when you keep your spectacles on? Then there’s a pretty good chance your glasses just don’t fit right.

Eyeglasses that properly fit your face are not only more comfortable but better for your eyes, too. Getting a truly perfect fit with your spectacles requires the help of an eyewear professional. But knowing when you need that help is just as important.

Seeing clearly is about getting the right prescription and then finding the right pair of glasses that fit like a glove. Schedule your next comprehensive eye exam to make sure you’re getting the most out of your vision with glasses that suit your head, face, and eyes.

Here’s 7 signs that your eyeglasses just don’t fit right.

Your Frames are Slipping Off

Eyeglasses hanging off the tip of your nose is a no-no. During normal day-to-day activities, there’s no reason your glasses should be falling off the end of your nose. If this is happening, it means that your eyewear doesn’t fit correctly.

Glasses should be easy enough to move down your nose when you do it intentionally, but unwanted slippage isn’t supposed to be part of the deal. This could indicate that your frames are too wide or too large for the size of your face.

This is just one of the reasons buying glasses from your eye doctor has a much better impact on your vision. You get an opportunity to make sure eyewear fits perfectly before you spend all that money on a new pair of frames.

Nose Imprints After Wear

Markings and imprints left from your glasses is not a sign of eyewear that fits. Impressions from glasses nose pads or lines on the bridge of your nose are signals that the fit isn’t right.

Nose imprints show the eyeglass frames are unbalanced on your face. Weight is not being evenly distributed between your ears and your nose. This can change the way you feel while you’re wearing eyeglasses and can even lead to eye strain and fatigue.

If you’re seeing red marks on your nose every time you take your glasses off, it’s time to get back to your optometrist for an adjustment.

Constant Headaches

Headaches can occur when your eyeglass frames are just too tight. The arms of your eyeglasses might be pinching your temples or adding pressure behind your ears. The right pair of frames should sit comfortably and snug without ever squeezing your head.

Headaches and muscle strain are sometimes associated with vision struggles. But you never want to exaggerate the problem with glasses that don’t fit. That’s why eyeglass follow-up is an important part of the process, as it gives you the opportunity to communicate discomfort that your eyewear is causing.

You’re Still Squinting

Find that even after getting a new prescription you still can’t see perfectly? This might be because your eyeglass lenses are too close or too far from your eyes. Making sure that the focal window of your lenses is the right distance from your pupils is very important.

When the focal point of your lenses isn’t at the right distance it can affect the way that your eye focuses light. In turn, this creates blurry images in your vision. So if you’re straining or squinting just to see clearly,  it could mean your glasses don’t fit your face.

Choosing the right specs with an eye care expert is the easiest way to make sure the frames you love will also help you see your best. A professional glasses fitting helps set your vision up for success.

An optician adjusts the left hinge of a black pair of square glasses with a mini precision screwdriver.

Feeling Dizzy

Putting on a new pair of glasses should never cause vertigo. Feeling dizzy, nauseous, or a little bit disoriented can be a sign that your glasses aren’t helping the right way.

Well there may be a slight adjustment phase when you first wear a new pair of glasses, this should be brief and without any lingering effects. If you continue to feel dizzy or your vision is spiraling when you wear your glasses, it’s time to consult your optometrist.

Schedule an appointment if you’re feeling unbalanced with your glasses on.

Trouble Seeing Peripherally

Some glasses are designed with a limited peripheral profile. But you should still be able to see what’s right in front of you. If you’re struggling to keep the images in front of you focused, it might mean the lens size just isn’t right for you.

Some people prefer oversized lenses or large silhouettes To get a totally clear picture for their entire field of vision. Depending on why you wear your glasses (for reading, for work, for driving, etc.) the field of vision may be an important factor. Make sure to discuss the purpose of your eyewear when selecting new frames with one of our optical experts.

Eyelashes Touch Your Lenses

The lenses of your glasses should never come in contact with your eyelashes. If this is happening it means your lenses are too close to your face. This might be because the arms of your glasses aren’t the right length for the size of your head.

Purchasing glasses online can lead to these sorts of problems. By not knowing the shape of your head or the size of frames that will do your vision the most justice, you can purchase eyewear that will just lead to complications down the road.

So if your eyeglass lenses get greasy and marked up every time you blink, It’s time to make an adjustment. And this time, let your local eye care professionals help with your eyewear choice.

Tailored, Expert Eyecare

Comprehensive eye exams begin with refining your prescription and providing you with reliable corrective solutions. When you decide to wear eyeglasses, it should mean that you can see clearly and comfortably all day long. You deserve glasses that fit right.

“Just dealing with” a pair of glasses that don’t fit comfortably is never a wise choice. Spectacles that don’t fit properly reduce the corrective power of your eyewear and can contribute to other negative symptoms. Our Virtual Try-On tool gives you the chance to explore eyewear fashion that matches your lifestyle. And our eye care experts will make sure your choice suits your look and your vision. If your glasses don’t feel perfect, book an appointment to find your personal fit.

Written by Dr. Cheryl Everitt

Cheryl M. Everitt, OD, received her Doctor of Optometry degree from the Southern California College of Optometry in Fullerton, California in 1994. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from California State University, Fullerton. Dr. Everitt takes a special interest in treating patients with a variety of difficult eye conditions, such as chronic headaches and migraines. Dr. Everitt has been a conference speaker on topics ranging from contact lenses to practice management to trigeminal dysphoria. She has also participated in a mobile eye clinic in Riverside, and medical missions to Mexico. Dr. Everitt is one of the original founders of 20/20 Vision Associates Optometry and has practiced for 25 years. She was an associate research scientist for 4 years prior to becoming an optometrist. She is also an active member of her church.
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