How to Know When You Need New Glasses

For the millions of men, women, and children who wear glasses, your particular pair of lenses can become a part of your identity. In fact, some people who sport spectacles to improve their vision may need to think twice before they can picture what they look like without wearing their glasses. The fact that people can barely see themselves without their glasses really speaks to how important glasses are to those who wear them, but it also shows how long people can go without getting that pair of glasses replaced.

Over time, your vision changes, and that means you may need to change your glasses as well. While you should be able to observe changes to your vision in the event that you need new glasses, one of the best ways to stay ahead of the curve is to schedule regular appointments with your ophthalmologist so that he or she can examine your eyes and determine if you need new lenses.

Some of the most common signs that you may need new glasses are more frequent headaches, with nearsightedness-related headaches typically occurring toward the front of the head, as well as an increase in squinting—especially when using a computer or other electronic device; this is because the prolonged use of improper lenses will strain your eyes.

These aren’t the only clues that your glasses prescription may be out of date, however, so keep your eyes open for any of the following symptoms and be ready to give your ophthalmologist a call.

Poor Quality of Vision

Unlike subtle cues such as more common headaches or squinting, sudden deterioration to your quality of vision is a sign that you may need new glasses. This occurs because when your vision changes, your glasses are now longer properly matched to the visual correction you need. Since this may also indicate other underlying problems, contact your eye doctor as soon as possible if you notice problems with your vision that your glasses no longer fix.

Eye Strain

A constant pressure or strain on your eyes can signal that you need new glasses. When your pair of glasses no longer corrects problems in your eyes, it may lead to difficulty focusing, and as a result, the heightened strain on your eyes will lead to discomfort (perhaps in the form of headaches or squinting).

Other issues that suggest the need for a new pair of glasses include light sensitivity, difficulty seeing long distances or at night, and more.

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