If my glasses prescription is wrong?

Are you having blurry vision, headaches or tired eyes? Well, there could be something quite fishy going on with your eyeglasses. Yes amigo! Before jumping into conclusions, take a step back and examine how much time elapsed since your last visit to the Optometrist.

The basics

Your ability to see clearly and comfortably depends on the right prescription for your eyeglasses. This indicates that every individual has their own unique set of ocular needs, which vary depending on factors such as age, lifestyle habits and genetic predisposition.

A typical eye examination takes considerable effort from both ends – yourself and the doctor – during which he/she will perform tests in order to identify refractive errors including nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia) and astigmatism. Ocular health issues should also be ruled out at this stage.

Identifying the issue

“I can’t see straight!” “My vision looks warped.” These phrases are often heard when we discuss glasses prescriptions being wrong. As someone who has had several sets of eyewear over time (not like I care about my appearance) , I’ve picked up some tips along the way:

  • Check if you have trouble seeing objects close-up or far away
  • Observe if your eye-resting position causes discomfort in any way
  • Monitor if you’re experiencing increased eye strain than usual
  • Analyze if one eye seems more dominant than other

If none of these seem familiar enough just yet don’t chuck it up thinking everything’s fine. There may not always be proneness signs but subtle changes do happen over a while that tend to disrupt our ocular harmony.

When dealing with uncertainty around why things aren’t perfectly clear – literally – it’s best not to attempt self-diagnosis as this could potentially harm instead restore faith through visiting an Optometrist again.

What are the common causes of a wrong prescription?

Optometry is often an unpredictable science that can also be impacted by external factors which include fluctuations in our overall health & age, sudden changes to routine, and even modern technologies.

Here are few possible situations wrongly diagnosed prescriptions arise:

  1. Vision has changed soon after getting new glasses.
  2. Prescription placed on incorrect sides initially
  3. The test was inaccurate due to faulty equipment or untrained optometrist
  4. Incomplete past medical history provided
  5. Incorrect PD measurement (not like you had any idea what that stands for)

How to rectify this situation

Are you one of those people who’d rather suffer than go through the process again? Buck up we ain’t having none of it! Here’s how to proceed:

Get a second opinion

Just as all doctors don’t perform operations with equal expertise same goes for Optometrists too. If every doctor agrees then there’s no doubt either eye exam could have missed something vital.

Having said that while opting from different Doctors remember to carry previous reports along, especially if they’re just fresh off check-up since at times little/big slip-ups occur during this phase

Voicing your concerns

Speak up! Don’t hesitate when conveying your doubts/troubles because unless properly addressed problems will continue spiralling out of hand.

Be vocal about unease / discrepancies experienced around peripheral vision or depth perception

Double-Check Machine Readings

There’s some fancy technology not always-fault proof – so it doesn’t hurt checking back manually for final verdict.

Pointers whilst reading machine- generated readings :

  • Ensure proper dimensioning alignment
  • Cross Verify Pupillary Distance (PD)

Get over the shame factor associated with asking respective operator/ technician which perplexing ‘Eye Testing Terminology’ is trying throw shade upon your consciousness.

You’ve come too far to let this go unresolved!

Updates & replacements

We understand that it may entail some extra costs (especially in our current economy, yeouch!) but optometrists aren’t just scanning/assessing how much your vision improved or eroded since the last visit. Instead going to them for each small issue over never-ending period duration would exacerbate situation compared to frequently getting they’re prescription and glasses updated on a regular basis.

Keep a record

By scheduling annual appointments/optical checkups your new doctor can have benefit of observing any minute changes/smaller developments happening with your visual world by comparing them over time.

Keep all prescriptions, optic reports and other information up to date to help manage ocular health.


In conclusion –Your eyes are undoubtedly one of the essential parts of who you are so they should be taken care of well (Just like money duties on payday!). Our advice? Don’t ignore signs as small things add up quicker than expected! Even if situations do arise where something seems ‘off’ around your eyewear or Optometry prescription take some wellness management action rather than assuming “well it’s too late now” – trust us even joking about eyesight isn’t publicly acceptable anymore.

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