How to Tell if You Need Eyeglasses

Posted in Optometry Information, Nearsightedness

In the U.S. 61%  of people wear glasses, contact lenses, or other vision aids. If you find yourself experiencing the disruptions to your life that come with uncorrected vision problems it’s time to visit and eye doctor to see if you need glasses. Blurry vision, headaches, and difficulty focusing can all make life tough when it doesn’t have to be. You may be asking yourself, do I need glasses? Here are some signs:

  • Frequent headaches; caused by strain to the eyes as they try to focus and compensate, frequent headaches occur
  • Blurred vision, near or far; experiencing blurred vision can show up at work, school, or at home signaling a possible issue with nearsightedness or farsightedness
  • Difficulty working at a computer or reading; trouble focusing on a computer screen, tablet, or reading can signal an issue
  • Squinting; narrowing the eyes and squinting signals poor vision or an eye issue like lazy eye
  • Double vision; seeing double can indicate an issue with the interior composition of eye, and caught early can be treated or eased
  • Difficulty seeing at night; trouble with night vision can be caused by medication or cataracts, and can be helped with the use of eyeglasses
  • Issues with light or halos; seeing halos around lights, or other issues with viewing objects like car headlights or light bulbs

Other issues can include:

  • Rubbing your eyes
  • Covering one eye to see more clearly
  • Loss of clarity

These symptoms can indicate vision problems and a visit to the eye doctor is recommended. Some of the issues could be due to myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism, or presbyopia, which usually can be corrected with eyeglasses. These symptoms can also indicate eyestrain, like the kind resulting from computer vision syndrome, or they can be indicative of other problems. Research shows that 50 to 90% of people who work at a computer suffer from computer vision syndrome, which is a repetitive motion injury to your eyes. Computer vision syndrome can be mitigated by taking care with your surroundings and making efforts to reduce eye strain, but sometimes eyeglasses or other corrective actions are required.

Next Steps

If you experience any of the symptoms above, you will want to visit an eye care doctor. Visiting the eye doctor you can ensure your eyes truly are healthy and you’re taking the proper steps to care for them. At your appointment, the eye doctor will perform eye tests to assess your vision, as well as inspect the internal health of your eye. If your eye doctor does tell you it’s time for eyeglasses, here’s how to choose the right eyeglass frames for you. Contact us today to ask about our exams or to schedule an appointment.

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