Do You Need Prescription Eye Glasses? Signs You Should Not Overlook


Many people who have excellent vision during their childhood and early adult years may find themselves in need of corrective lenses at some point during their lifetime. However, the actual point at which prescription glasses or contact lenses become necessary can be very different for each person. In fact, even the symptoms that signal the need for corrective lenses can vary. 

If you have had good vision in the past but now wonder if you might be experiencing vision issues that will need to be addressed, here are some of the common signs. 

Making frequent adjustments to the page, screen, or lighting

Frustration when reading, working on crafts, or working on computer screens is often one of the early signs that vision loss is occurring. Those experiencing this type of frustration may not immediately associate those actions with vision loss. If pages, fonts, and labels are becoming increasingly difficult for you to focus on, scheduling an eye appointment could help you decrease your frustration level and improve your ability to see. 

Discomfort when driving at night

Another common symptom that vision loss is occurring is when you find yourself steering away from activities that require you to drive for more than a short distance at night. Difficulties in seeing well after dark, especially when faced with streetlights and the headlights from oncoming traffic are frequently noticed symptoms that overall vision is decreasing. Prescription eye glasses can help to offset symptoms of night blindness and restore confidence in your ability to drive safely during night time hours. 

Experiencing headaches and tired eyes

When vision becomes increasingly distorted, the resulting eye strain can cause tired eyes and headaches to surface as early symptoms. Those who find themselves with frequent headaches during or after doing work such as data entry, writing, or reading may not realize that the pain and discomfort is due to eye strain or holding the neck and head at uncomfortable levels in an attempt to see more clearly.

Instead of reaching for a daily dose of OTC pain relievers, those experiencing this type of persistent discomfort may find that it is time to consider scheduling an eye examination. 

While having an annual eye examination is always the best practice, many adults may have been lax about doing so. If are experiencing any of these or other issues that may be related to worsening vision, scheduling an eye examination with a reputable optometrist is your first step to restoring clear vision and protecting your eyesight. 

To learn more about scheduling an eye exam, contact an optometrist near you.


26 December 2019

Learning About Optometry Tools and Techniques

Hello, my name is Martin. Welcome to my site about optometry. I want to use this website to talk about all of the tools and techniques used to measure vision and eye health. Optometrists can accurately measure the patient's ability to see by simply performing a series of unique tests. The visions tests require the patient's participation to find the right prescription for corrective lenses. The rest of the exam is performed to check the health of the eye from the surface to the retina. I invite you to follow along and learn all you can about this interesting subject. Thanks for visiting.