Whether you’re near-sighted or far-sighted, everyone with poor vision will likely end up wearing glasses at some point in their lives. Even those who stick mostly to contacts will need to keep a pair, just in case. But how can you tell if your glasses fit your face correctly? Here are a couple of clues that the frames may not be working for you.
Glasses that are too big for your face will be constantly sliding down your nose. While most frames will slip to some extent, they should sit comfortably above the nose and behind your ears most of the time. If you find that your glasses are slipping constantly, or are at danger of falling off your face entirely, it’s a sign they’re too big. When you’re trying on frames at the optometrist’s office, move your head around to make sure they’ll stay with sudden movements. Glasses that are prone to falling off aren’t helping anyone’s vision.
Frames that are too tight will likely press against your head, most often behind your ears, and give you headaches. Glasses that are too small may also struggle to stay in your line of sight, leaving you looking over or under the frames and leaving your eyesight compromised. Glasses that are too tight may also pinch your nose, leaving red spots in their wake, or else leave marks on your cheeks. When trying on glasses at the optometrist’s office, make sure to leave them on for a bit longer. Test if there’s pressure at the sides or your head or if the lenses don’t cover the majority of your field of vision. If the bottoms of the frames seem to press into your cheeks, it’s a sign you need bigger frames.
The frames aren’t the only part of the glasses that could be an ill fit. The lenses themselves could give you trouble if they’re the wrong strength. In most cases, getting a newer, stronger prescription will require an adjustment period. You’ll likely endure some headaches or dizziness. However, if these persist after a couple days, it could be a sign that there’s an issue with the lenses. If you suffer from nausea or neck pain after getting a new prescription, it could also be a sign of an ill-fitting pair of glasses. It could be the lenses have a defect in them from the factory or the frames aren’t aligning the focal point with your pupils. The pupillary distance (the space between your pupils) could have been measured incorrectly.
If you have vision problems, glasses are a regular part of your life in one way or another. Make sure they’re the best fit for you to give yourself the best vision possible.