“I think I need glasses,” probably aren’t the words you hope to be saying anytime soon, but when you’re having trouble seeing, it’s highly likely.
Vision changes aren’t always apparent either. You’ll likely see a slight gradual decline where you notice you’re squinting one day more than others or noticing your eyes are tired after driving on the highway or watching a movie.
Below we detail some of the most common signs you may need glasses (or even just a change in your prescription).
I Think I Need Glasses Because My Eyes Are Strained and I’m Having Headaches
While you can’t sprain your eyes, you can definitely overwork them when they’re unable to focus without help. If your eyes are sore and feel strained looking at your computer or TV or even just when driving these are indicators you may need glasses.
If you’re noticing you’re getting more headaches as well as a result of eye strain or tired eyes this is an even stronger indication that you would benefit from glasses or contact lenses.
An Increase in Squinting
If you or your friends or family notice you’re squinting more than someone in their 90s just to read the labels on over-the-counter medication or other small labelling it’s a good idea to see an optometrist for glasses. Squinting is normal in extremely bright or extremely dark areas when your eyes naturally would have a difficult time focusing on objects. However, when you’re squinting when you’re in well-lit areas on simple things like food labels your eyes may need some extra help in the form of glasses or contact lenses.
Trouble Switching From Dark to Light Areas
Whenever you walk from a dark room into a well-lit room are you have trouble adjusting your eyes? This may be a sign you need glasses. The difficulty you’re experiencing is often because of weakening eye muscles.
Trouble Seeing Close Up or at Distance
Finally, if you’re having problems seeing objects up close or far away, it’s highly likely that you’ll need glasses or contact lenses. These conditions are known as farsightedness (or hyperopia) and nearsightedness (or myopia) respectively. If you have to extend your arms to see your phone screen clearly or can’t clearly make out the sign at the end of the aisle of a grocery store it’s a good idea to book an appointment with a local optometrist.
Overall, while the aforementioned signs are common indications you may need glasses, it’s still best to get regular eye exams so that you can catch vision issues early and get treatment in a timely fashion.