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.
- 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.