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What to Expect When You First Start Wearing Prescription Glasses - One Year Update

By Edited Dec 14, 2015 2 5

ZiggyD on YouTube

One year onwards and I am still wearing the same prescription glasses as I was when I first wrote my original article on this topic "What to Expect When You First Start Wearing Prescription Glasses". The article was a hit so I thought, why not give people an update one year later?

More and more people are diagnosed with poor eyesight every day, maybe it's environmental factors like pollution and long hours at the computer (I am pretty sure this hasn't helped me). It's only natural to feel pretty nervous when you are first prescribed eyeglasses by your optometrist. Information is the best way to combat this feeling, so let's take a look at my experience up to this point.

Pictured Above Left: A photo I took this week for my YouTube channel ZiggyDStarcraft.

Pictured Below Right: The original photo I took right after getting my new glasses, featured in the original "What to Expect - Prescription Eyeglasses" article.

ZiggyD's Glasses

As you can see from the two pictures I am still wearing the same glasses one year later. I think I got lucky and got a pretty good pair on the first go. I actually bought two pairs of glasses at the same time and wasn't so lucky on the other pair, they are very uncomfortable and I have no need for tinted lenses (which I thought was a good idea at the time). Nonetheless, getting a year's use out of one pair of glasses isn't that unusual if you spend up a little bit on your first pair, which leads into my first tip for this article:

Don't Be Afraid to Spend Big on Your First Pair of Prescription Glasses

I know that I am glad I did. You should focus on two things when you are buying your very first pair, and neither of them are the price. They are comfort and looks. They need to be as comfortable as possible and they need to look good enough that you will actually want to wear them. Your glasses aren't doing you any good just sitting in their case. I spent about two hours choosing the set I am wearing now and I am glad I did. I made sure that I got frames I really liked and it made me much more confident in wearing them. I think they look pretty rad, but I'll let you be the judge of that. 

Sore Ears and Bridge of Nose - 1 Year Update

I wrote about this in the original article and I hoped it would be something that would go away over time. Sadly, these mild pains and discomfort have persisted but they are much less severe then they were right at the beginning. I sit here writing this after a good 10 hours of wearing them and the bridge of my nose and behind my ears are both quite sore. Taking them off while I eat lunch and when I go for a walk helps a lot but I think this is something that you just have to live with. It's possible that different designs may cause more or less pain but I cannot truly vouch for that yet (maybe in the 2 year update - haha).

People Getting Used to Your New Look - 1 Year Update

This was true but there was an unexpected side effect of this 'getting used to it'. I, myself, can't get used to seeing myself without my glasses on now! Whenever I take them off I feel like I look weird. Seeing myself on camera all the time for YouTube I am pretty used to those black lines as a feature of my face so when I see myself without them on in the morning it looks downright weird! I can't speak for other people though, but I think everyone is used to them by now (it has been a year, after all).

Find the Right Cleaning Cloth and Cherish It

As I mentioned in the first article - cleaning is by far the most frustrating part of glasses ownership. Every time I do something or go to scratch an itch on my face I somehow manage to put a massive smudge on them. They somehow even seem to get dirty sitting in their case! Luckily I found an awesome cleaning cloth. Unluckily, I only have one and don't know where to get more. So here is my tip: find your perfect cleaning cloth and buy at least 10 of them. Keep one in your pocket, one in your room, one in your bathroom, one in your car, keep a few as backups and file the rest away in a secure vault only you know the combination to. I dread having to look for another decent cloth when this one gets lost.

Overall I am actually quite fond of my glasses. Sure, it would be nice to not need them but they are good looking enough and comfortable enough that they are something I don't mind having to clean every five minutes. 




Oct 9, 2012 1:54am
the opta lied. she said that if i wear mine regularly, my sight will get better. It's been 5 years... it's getting worse!
Nov 28, 2012 3:12am
Nov 28, 2012 6:34am
I never had any issues with the frame I bought with my glasses.
egdcltd is right, have the fit checked.

Other than that - great read!
Nov 28, 2012 11:38am
@ xathcruz:

Alot of factors may come into play with first wearing glasses. For example, your age. Usually younger people (under 23-25) will have a more "unstable" vision, where eyesight gets worse, even with wearing glasses, but that stabilizes after a few years.

For example, I started wearing glasses at 15, and I would pretty much need a new prescription every year, until about 22 or so, when, for my personal experience, I "stabilized" and no longer needed a stronger prescription. Incidentally, that's also when you can be eligible for laser eye surgery/corrective surgery (when your vision stabilizes).

Your experience may vary, but that's what i experienced, and reflects correctly of what my optometrist informed.
Mar 19, 2013 7:16pm
Thanks for sharing your experience. I never wore glasses, but now that I am in my 50's, and spend hours at the computer screen, I find my right eye vision is getting a bit blurred. I also have more seeing when I drive at night, though I can read a book fine. It's just really little print that I have trouble with now. So I'm afraid it may be bifocals I need. My husband always wore glasses since childhood, but couldn't get used to bifocals. I agree that if they look nice you will be inclined to wear them more. Once my son got to college all the time online took it's toll and at first it was odd to see him in glasses. Now he looks so intelligent and I can't remember him without them!
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