Vision Problems? Top 5 Key Signs You May Need Glasses


Around 32.3 million adult Americans (around 13%) reported they have trouble seeing even when wearing glasses or contact lenses. 

Those of us who have vision problems must get our eyes tested every two years. Perhaps you’ve noticed changes in your eyesight and you’re wondering whether you need glasses. 

Sound familiar? If so, you’ve come to the right place. Here are the five telltale signs.

1. Can’t See up Close or Far Away

“Do I need glasses?” You ask. 

To test this, see whether you can easily read a book or your phone. If you can’t, you may have presbyopia, which can be fixed by getting glasses or contact lenses. 

Or those struggling to see objects in the distance could be nearsighted. This is solvable thanks to designer glasses with high-index lenses that have an anti-reflective coating. 

2. Have Trouble Seeing at Night

If you’re wondering “when do I need glasses?”, consider how difficult it is to see at night.

Night blindness, known as nyctalopia, can occur because you are nearsighted, have cataracts, or have suffered an eye injury. To fix this, you’ll need prescription glasses with an anti-reflective coating so you can confidently drive at night.

3. Frequent Headaches

A sign that you’re needing glasses is if you frequently suffer from headaches. We get headaches when we overexert our eyes from looking at a screen or focusing on one object for an extended period. If you’re getting frequent headaches, then you may need glasses. 

You should also consider how often you squint. Many people with impaired vision do this to reduce the extra light entering the eye, which makes the image blurry. This could be a sign of farsightedness or myopia so it’s important to get your eyes checked.

4. Blurry Vision

You may get blurry vision because of cataracts, presbyopia, farsightedness, or nearsightedness. It may also be because of eye strain, dry eye, or feeling tired. 

Luckily, you can fix blurry vision by getting prescription glasses or contact lenses. But note that if one eye suddenly gets dark or blurry while the other is clear, then visit an emergency room because it could indicate a retinal detachment or a stroke. 

Another sign you need glasses is if you see halos around light sources like headlights or light bulbs. Halos are also a sign of nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism which can be solved by getting glasses.

5. Need Brighter Light to See 

Constantly turning the light on so you can see?

This is a clear indication that you have presbyopia. If this is the case, schedule an appointment with your eye doctor so you can get reading glasses. 

Those Are Signs You Need Glasses 

Hopefully, you now know the top signs that you need glasses.

Check whether you’re struggling to see things up close or far away, you constantly have headaches, and your vision is blurred. If you experience any of the above, then get an eye test so you can live a safe, comfortable life. Good luck!

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