Top 10 Signs You Need Glasses

They say that eyes are windows to the soul. Others might see you well from the outside looking in, but things may not be so clear from your vantage point. It just may be one of the signs you need glasses.

Research shows that a whopping six out of 10 people wear glasses. Translation: If you're having trouble seeing, you're in the majority.

Your vision naturally changes with time. So, if something feels off about your vision, you need to get it checked out so you don't lose it altogether. Here's a list of 10 telltale signs you need glasses and what to do about it.

1. Signs You Need Glasses Include Squinting and Blinking

Notice yourself squinting a lot lately? It's because your body is telling you that you need to decrease the amount of light entering your eyes. This makes a blurred image look smaller to you.

It's a temporary solution that shows you are attempting to make up for your poor vision. Perhaps you are nearsighted, where you see poorly from a distance, or farsighted, where you don't see well up close.

Blinking is another sign you're on the path to eye issues. If you're blinking a lot, it's because you are trying to refocus the eyes. Time to get focused on scheduling an eye examination.

2. Blurriness

Does everything around you seem blurry? This is one of the most common signs you need glasses. You may be either farsighted or nearsighted.

You might notice blurriness while you're reading, driving or using the computer. In fact, you may find yourself avoiding your laptop altogether because laptop work makes your eyes hurt.

Or, you might not enjoy watching sports anymore. After all, you can't make out your favorite players or the yard lines like you once could.

Or, maybe you're in school but your grades are dropping like flies because you can't see the screen well enough to take notes during lectures, or your eyes won't let you get through the chapters in your textbook.

Fortunately, glasses are an easy fix for these issues.

3. Halos

Are you seeing halos? And no, we're not talking about those belonging to angels.

We're talking about the extra rings of light you see around lights -- including headlights or light bulbs.

This is an indication that your sight is declining, as light may become blurry or scattered when the eyes cannot focus light properly. Glasses may fix the issue. But halos are an indication that you have cataracts -- a condition that may require surgery.

4. Eye Strain and Pain

If you're feeling pain in your eyes for several days at a time, get this checked out. The same is true if your eyes hurt when they move or if they become tired while you're reading, or watching television.

Eye strain and pain might be due to issues such as allergies, a cold, the flu or lack of sleep. But they may also be the result of an eye infection, vision changes or an undiagnosed medical problem.

5. Finger Pointing During Reading

Remember when you used to point at words while reading them as a child? You did that then so you wouldn't lose your place on the page. If you're still doing the same thing now because you otherwise skip lines or lose your spot, you might have an eye issue.

Specifically, you may be struggling with strabismus, a condition where your eyes are not correctly aligned and thus point in various directions. Or, you could be suffering from another issue involving an eye muscle. Or, you might be nearsighted.

6. Poor Nighttime Vision

So, every light in your home is on at night. But you still find yourself straining while doing basic tasks. This is one of the signs you need glasses, as the problem may lie not with your light bulbs but your eyeballs.

A variety of factors might trigger poor nighttime vision, including cataracts or even the medications you're taking. If your night vision problem stems from nearsightedness, glasses can fix it.

7. Rubbing Your Eyes

First thing in the morning, you may find yourself rubbing your eyes. This is normal. But if you keep rubbing your eyes throughout the day, you've got a bigger problem on your hands.

The rubbing may be because of your eye strain or fatigue. Fortunately, the right corrective lenses can fix the problem right away.

8. Headaches

Does it feel as though headaches have become a constant companion? The culprit may be more than your demanding boss. It may be your eyes.

Your headaches may be the result of your nearsightedness or farsightedness, which, again, may cause items to seem blurry to you. If your eyes are straining to focus more efficiently, this may result in headaches.

9. Being Too Close to Your TV or Book

If you like being up close and personal with your TV screen, you might be nearsighted. Getting close to the TV is a sign you are compensating for not being able to see your favorite show from a distance.

Also, you might be struggling with nearsightedness if you place a book close to your face. Meanwhile, you might hold it far away from you if farsightedness is your problem. Fortunately, some simple reading glasses might help those with farsightedness, which is especially common as people age.

10. Covering an Eye during TV Viewing

Have you found yourself covering up your weak eye so that it does not interfere with your vision? You may have nearsightedness or lazy eye.

Alternatively, you could be dealing with double vision stemming from crossed eyes or a cataract. These are potentially serious issues that are worth getting checked out sooner than later.

How We Can Help

Your sight is one of the most precious gifts you can have. So, be visionary about taking care of it.

This includes getting your eyes checked out at least every couple of years to maintain your health under age 60. Meanwhile, if you're over 60, you should see the eye doctor once a year. And if you're having vision problems, see your eye doctor right away.

We offer child and adult eye exams as well as contact lens fitting. Contact us to find out more about how we can help you to enjoy strong eyesight for years to come.