If you're having trouble seeing close-up, sunlight is particularly bothersome, or you get headaches often, it's time to visit your optometrist. You may need glasses!
1. Frequent headaches or eye strain
Eye strain is a common problem for people who are nearsighted, farsighted, or have other vision problems. It’s also known as visual fatigue and it can be caused by reading for long hours, watching TV or computer screens that are too bright all day long, and spending too much time looking at your phone.
If you experience any of these symptoms regularly then it could be time to invest in glasses!
2. Blurred distance vision
Blurriness in your distance vision is a sign that you may need glasses. It can be caused by nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism. If you want to make sure that this isn't something serious and needs treatment before wearing glasses all day long, consult an optometrist who specializes in dealing with this type of problem.
3. Having to squint to see things clearly
If any of these symptoms sound familiar, it may be time for an eye exam!
- You find yourself squinting to see things.
You have to keep one eye closed while reading, and you feel tired after doing so (this is called “strabismus”)
- Your eyes feel dry or irritated when exposed to bright light.
4. Having to hold books and screen farther away
If you find that holding books, the computer screen, and other objects farther away from you is necessary to read them clearly, it’s a sign that you may need glasses.
This symptom is different from having to squint or strain when looking at things. You can try putting on reading glasses or getting an eye exam if this happens frequently.
5. Double vision
Double vision is a condition that causes two images to look like they're coming from different directions. It can result from an eye problem, such as cataracts or glaucoma. If left untreated, this condition can lead to permanent vision loss over time; see your doctor right away if this happens!
6. Seeing spots or halos in the eyes
Seeing halos around objects is a sign of cataracts. You may also see spots or dots where the light hits your eye. Spots can be caused by macular degeneration, which has no cure and often leads to blindness.
7. A hard time following moving objects with your eyes
This can be caused by the eyes may not working together as a team. In this case, it may be obvious that there is something wrong with one or both eyes; but if this happens too often and consistently then there could be underlying issues with how they work together on their own as well as when they're combined for tasks such as reading or seeing clearly in general.
8. Reduced peripheral vision
It’s important to know that the ability to see things on the sides of your visual field is referred to as peripheral vision. When you are nearsighted, this area of your visual field becomes less clear than it would be if your eyes were able to focus at infinity. Because of this, we recommend that those who are experiencing reduced-quality central or peripheral vision should consider getting glasses that correct both problems simultaneously.
9. Trouble seeing at night while driving
If you find yourself having trouble seeing at night while driving, it may be time to get your eyes checked. If you wear glasses during the day, make sure to keep them handy for nighttime driving. If you don't need glasses during the day, you may want to consider getting a pair of prescription sunglasses for nighttime driving.
10. You have general eye irritation, burning, or scratchiness
It's critical to understand that this could be a sign that you need new glasses, or it could be an underlying medical condition that has nothing to do with your vision.
You now know what to look for when it comes to vision problems. If your eyes are causing you pain, or if they just aren’t seeing as well as they should be, then it might be time to get some glasses!