The lens prescription was correct, however in a twist of optical nuance, the frames were "wrong" for my pupil measurement. A different optician than the one who "helped" me choose my frames immediately suspected what was going on, but checked the prescription and re-measured my pupils to confirm her suspicions. Turns out the frames were too wide overall and the bridge was too wide, so I was getting a tunnel effect in my periphery, which was effectively giving me motion sickness. These are apparently some of the "dangers" of progressive lenses, especially with astigmatism prescriptions, frame and bridge size become crucial to the glasses. Oh, and, the lenses were slightly bowed, further enhancing the
optical nightmare. Adjusting that, straightening the frames, slightly
decreased the tunnel illusion but didn't offer much relief. The new optician told me the person who helped me select the frames "should have known" the frame to pupil measurement ratio is crucial and the frames selected, filled with my prescription, were tantamount to physical abuse. So. A new frame has been selected. You live, you learn.
Has anyone out there ever experienced:
- Extremely (horrific) headache
- Tunnel vision
after getting a new pair of glasses?
I've had reading glasses for years, but one of my eyes recently developed astigmatism so I had to get new glasses. I realize this is a huge change for me and having one lens different is undoubtedly wonky to my brain.
However. The above symptoms are severe, as in, looking through the glasses makes me so dizzy I can't walk a straight line. I puked twice the day I got the glasses and once the next. The headache is unlike any headache I've ever experienced. It's not isolated to my eyes or forehead, it's an all-head encompassing ache. The tunnel vision is a combo effect with the dizziness. It's like walking through a rotating tunnel in a fun-house.
Worse, the symptoms don't cease when I take the glasses off - at least not right away.
I'm only able to read and tolerate the monitor now because I quit trying to wear the glasses yesterday afternoon, and now, 18 hours later, I am finally back to "normal."
"People" tell me this is a normal reaction, it's all part of the process of getting a new lens prescription, my brain is just adjusting to the new information my eyes are sending it. The mechanics of that theory make sense to me, but, the reactions seem kind of extreme, particularly the lingering symptoms long after I take off my glasses.
The same "people" tell me I have to tough it out for a few days and then it'll be great. But toughing it out would entail staying in the bathroom puking while trying to hold an icepack on my head.
Further, when I attempt to navigate in my new glasses, my distance vision is worse than it is without the glasses.
"People" tell me this is normal, as well, especially since one eye is afflicted and the other is not. They then espouse the "brain has to learn to interpret the new information" defense.
Am I just an optical wuss or do I have valid reasons to believe a) the cut-rate eyeglass source that made my new glasses didn't fill the prescription properly, or, b) that the doctor's assistant who wrote the prescription wrote it incorrectly?