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5 Signs You Need to Start Wearing Glasses

If you spend a lot of time in front of a com­put­er, you may have noticed prob­lems such as eye­strain, blurred vision, or headaches. These can be signs you need glass­es. If one of your par­ents wears glass­es, the chances are high­er that you will need them, too, because vision prob­lems are often inher­it­ed.

If you’re won­der­ing how to tell if you need glass­es, noth­ing beats an actu­al eye exam. How­ev­er, here are some tips that can help you tell if you need glass­es, and encour­age you to sched­ule an appoint­ment with an oph­thal­mol­o­gist.

Five signs that point to vision problems

  • You Squint When You Try to Read
    Squint­ing actu­al­ly reshapes your eye’s lens­es. If you find you’re squint­ing when you try to read some­thing close or far, that’s a pret­ty good sign that glass­es (or con­tact lens­es) are in your future. We also squint when there is too much light com­ing through the lens; this is a pro­tect­ing instinct.Squint­ing isn’t actu­al­ly bad for your eyes, but it can result in crow’s feet around the eyes. An eye exam fol­lowed up with a chic pair of eye­glass­es or con­tact lens­es, plus sun­glass­es, will pre­vent or at least delay this con­di­tion!
  • You’re Get­ting Headaches More Often
    Peo­ple who are far­sight­ed tend to get headaches because any­thing close up looks blur­ry to them, caus­ing a very dis­ori­ent­ing feel­ing, to say the least. Peo­ple who are near­sight­ed get headaches if they are con­stant­ly strain­ing to see objects fur­ther away. It’s near­ly impos­si­ble to do paper­work or work on a com­put­er if any­thing close up is blurred. So, if you find you have to step back a lot from the com­put­er or TV, you might need glass­es. Astig­ma­tism, which hap­pens when the cornea or lens is mis­shaped, blurs vision and can trig­ger headaches. Glass­es and con­tacts can fix astig­ma­tism.
  • Your Eyes Hurt From Eye­strain
    Eye­strain isn’t exact­ly the same as a headache but the two often go togeth­er. For many peo­ple, their eyes lit­er­al­ly get tired if they spend too much time in front of a con­sole or com­put­er, or if they aren’t get­ting enough sleep. If eye­strain con­tin­ues for a few days, or one or both eyes become painful, it’s impor­tant to get an eye exam to find out what’s going on.Headache eyestrain
  • Your Vision is Blurred
    Blurred vision is almost always due to near­sight­ed­ness or far­sight­ed­ness and is a def­i­nite sign you need glass­es. Don’t rely on squint­ing!Many chil­dren first notice blurred vision in school when they can’t see what’s on the white­board or chalk­board, or have unex­pect­ed prob­lems track­ing a ball in PE. Adults usu­al­ly notice vision prob­lems when they read, and espe­cial­ly when dri­ving.For old­er peo­ple, blurred vision may be a sign of cataracts, a cloud­ing of one or both lens­es that often comes with age.
  • See­ing Halos Around Light
    Halos are cir­cles that form around a light source. You’ll occa­sion­al­ly see a nat­ur­al halo around a full moon, but if you notice halos around car head­lights or when you glance at a lamp or light fix­ture, it’s a sign that your eyes are strug­gling to focus. Pre­scrip­tion glass­es will fix this prob­lem. Some peo­ple see halos when they wear con­tact lens­es. See­ing halos is anoth­er com­mon symp­tom of cataracts. Cataracts can be treat­ed non­sur­gi­cal­ly with stronger eye­glass pre­scrip­tions or even mag­ni­fied eye­glass­es. Some peo­ple get relief from anti-glare eye­glass­es. Many peo­ple over 65 with cataracts decide to get surgery to remove them.

 

Reg­u­lar vis­its to an oph­thal­mol­o­gist for eye exams will ensure you’re wear­ing the right eye­glass or con­tact lens­es, and that both are prop­er­ly fit­ted. It’s also impor­tant to be assessed for more seri­ous con­di­tions such as glau­co­ma, the lead­ing cause of blind­ness, which can be treat­ed when it’s diag­nosed ear­ly.

Let Dia­mond Vision help you see clear­ly again. Sched­ule an appoint­ment, today, and get rid of squint­ing, headaches, blurred vision, and oth­er annoy­ing signs of poor vision.

March 21st, 2019|Comments Off on 5 Signs You Need to Start Wearing Glasses

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