Do you know the signs you may need glasses? Some people never need corrective eyewear, but 75% of people do. Here are 11 indicators you should schedule an eye exam to assess your vision/eye health.
Blurry vision is a quick indicator of an eye condition or vision problem. Most commonly, blurry vision is a result of being farsighted or nearsighted. Sometimes, blurry vision is a result of an eye infection or disease.
Squinting allows you to cut back the extra light entering your eye and reduce the size of the blurred image. It temporarily fixes your inability to see, but is a sure sign that you are compensating for poor vision. Squinting when you are struggling to see close-up is a sign of farsightedness. Squinting at objects far away is a sign of nearsightedness. If you have a child that is squinting, it could be lazy eye, which is decreased vision that stems from abnormal vision development in infancy and early childhood, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Eye fatigue or pain can be triggered by various factors such as lack of sleep, the flu, cold or allergies. But if your eye pain persists for more than a few days, if you have eye pain with eye movements or if your eyes tire after regular activities like reading or watching television, call for an appointment with a member of our Peepers Optical staff. Eye fatigue can also come from an eye infection, undiagnosed health condition or vision changes.
Do your children regularly sit close to the TV? Children that decrease their distance from the TV may be suffering from farsightedness. They move closer to the TV to compensate for not being able to see sharp images from farther away.
Frequent headaches are a common symptom of vision problems. Headaches are often linked with farsightedness or astigmatism, which cause blurriness in both close and distant objects, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO). Your eyes strain to focus on an object causing the headache pain.
When your eyes can’t focus light correctly, the result can be scattered or blurred light. Sometimes this will cause you to see halos (circles) around light bulbs and/or headlights. Eyeglasses can sometimes correct this issue, but halos also are a symptom of cataracts, says the AAO.
Have you ever noticed children rubbing their eyes when they grow sleepy? Eye fatigue or eye strain can prompt rubbing your eyes to soothe the discomfort of tired eyes. Glasses can help with eye strain, but sometimes eye rubbing has an allergic trigger such as allergic conjunctivitis–pink eye caused by an infection or allergies. Make sure you have any suspicious eye activity evaluated by an eye professional.
How you hold a book or a menu can alert you to certain vision problems. Putting it near your face usually indicates that you are nearsighted. Holding it at arm’s length could mean you are farsighted. The majority of people, usually beginning in their 40s, will experience some farsightedness, or presbyopia, as a result of the natural aging process of the eye. Reading glasses can help focus your vision.
Do you find that you lose your spot or skip line when you read? If so, it may not just be from distraction, but from a condition called strabismus—where the eyes aren’t aligned correctly and point in different directions—or another eye muscle issue. Or you may have astigmatism. Watch for finger pointing while reading. Children learning to read often point at words with their fingers to improve their skills. But pointing can be the sign of a vision problem like lazy eye.
If you are closing or covering your “bad” eye so it doesn’t impede the way you see, you could have a lazy eye, astigmatism, cataract or double vision caused by strabismus.
Many factors can influence your ability to see at night such as: nutrition, cataracts, medications or nearsightedness. Glasses can help if the problem is nearsightedness.
If you have one or a combination of these symptoms, give Peepers Optical a call at (303) 333-2800 for a consultation.