DO YOU NEED GLASSES?
7 SIGNS YOU MAY NEED GLASSES
There are many signs that you may need glasses—some more obvious than others. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, schedule an appointment with an eyecare professional who can give you a comprehensive eye exam. Even if you are not experiencing any symptoms, scheduling a regular check-in with your eyecare professional is part of a good health care routine.
LOOK FOR THESE 7 SIGNS
- Bumping into or tripping over things
Do you find yourself running into things more often than you used to? If you continue bumping into stuff you didn’t see coming, you may want to get your eyes checked sooner than later.
- Squinting, frequent headaches, rubbing your eyes, or fatigue
Squinting at your smartphone? Blinking to bring things into focus? Eye strain is a typical warning sign that you might need glasses.
- Sitting too close to a digital screen
Struggling to see what’s on the TV or your laptop and thus sitting a little too close to the screen can be both a warning sign and a cause of eye issues. Try protecting yourself from digital eye strain.
- Unable to see far away or up close
Suffering from hyperopia (farsightedness) or myopia (nearsightedness) is no joke. But getting a handle on these issues earlier is the best way to prevent them from getting worse.
- Difficulty seeing at night
Having difficulty with your night vision or seeing while driving later in the day? Help the problem with adaptive lenses that transition depending on the light around you.
- Trouble reading for any length of time or “seeing double” when reading
Much like straining your eyes from squinting at your phone, having trouble reading or experiencing blurred lines while doing so may mean it’s time to get an eye exam.
- Feeling like you need to hold things farther away from you to see them better
Difficulty focusing in on an object close to you can not only be incredibly frustrating, but it can also lead to eye strain or eye issues like presbyopia.
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What about kids?
According to the American Optometric Association, infants should have their first comprehensive eye exam at 6 months. Children should receive additional eye exams at 3 years of age, and before kindergarten or first grade at age 5 or 6. A vision screening at school is not the same as a true eye exam and may miss a problem. After their eye exams, look into the best glasses for them or explore issues like myopia their doctor may have found.
Warning signs for kids
- Consistently sitting too close to the TV or holding a book too close
- Squinting or tilting their head to see better
- Sensitivity to light and/or excessive tearing
- Avoiding activities that require near vision like reading, or distance vision like sports
- Acting out or restlessness in the classroom