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How Do I Know If I Need Glasses?

No one wants to admit they need glasses, but when you experience changes in your vision it’s time to assess and evaluate your eye care needs. If your vision is impaired and can be corrected with glasses, you can enjoy seeing clearly once again.

The best way to determine if you need glasses is to visit an optometrist for a thorough eye exam. The optometrist will check for common conditions such as astigmatism, nearsightedness, and farsightedness. The exam may also include tests for some other abnormalities which can cause impaired vision.

What are some indications that you need to have an eye exam in the first place? There are some signs you can watch for that suggest testing by an optometrist is needed. The most common signs include blurry vision, excessive eyestrain, headaches, not seeing well at night, frequent squinting or blinking, and seeing “floating” spots.

If you can see distant objects clearly but have blurry close-up vision, farsightedness may be the problem. Other signs of farsightedness are headaches, eyestrain, and blinking excessively.

If you see things up close just fine but have trouble seeing objects at a distance, you may have nearsightedness. Other symptoms of this condition include frequent squinting, difficulty viewing television, and trouble seeing at night.

If your vision is blurry both close up and at a distance, astigmatism may be the cause. If you have astigmatism you’re also likely to experience extreme eye fatigue, watery eyes, and difficulty working on a computer.

There are additional signs to indicate that children may need glasses. For example, sitting too close to the television, holding a book or other object very close to the face, tilting the head, closing or covering one eye to see an object more clearly, and excessively rubbing the eyes are all indications that a child may have a vision problem. Evaluation by an optometrist should be scheduled if any of these indications are present.

Even if you haven’t experienced vision problems, it is recommended by the American Optometric Association that both children and adults have an eye exam every year. Early detection of a problem can often prevent complications and further deterioration.

If an eye examination reveals that you need glasses, the optometrist will write a prescription for your corrective lenses. Depending on your needs, you may be able to choose between eyeglasses and contact lenses. 

If you choose glasses, you will need to choose eyeglass frames when you have your prescription filled. If you’ve dreaded having to wear glasses, the many styles and fashions available in eyewear today can help alleviate that dread. Believe it or not, many people wear glasses specifically for the purpose of making a fashion statement.

The cost of your glasses may also be a concern, but frames are available in price ranges to fit almost any budget. Also, many health insurance policies cover the cost of eye exams and corrective glasses.

If you notice changes in your visions or experience any of the warning signs outlined here, don’t hesitate to see an optometrist to have your eyes tested. Wearing corrective glasses can enhance your vision with style.


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