The 8 Biggest Signs That You Might Need Glasses

Does it happen that many of the people that you know seem to wear glasses? But what if I tell you that actually more people should be wearing them? This is because many people are not aware that they have a vision problem and have lived most of their lives without glasses.

Just because you were not prescribed glasses as a kid doesn’t mean that you don’t need them now. Therefore, as it is extremely important to have good eyesight, check out the following signs to know whether you need glasses or not.

#1. You Find Yourself Squinting Very Often

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When people squint, they do so because they want to eliminate the extra light entering the eye and decrease the size of the blurred image. You might consider it as a temporary fix, but it can also be a sign of poor vision. It might mean that you are either farsighted (seeing poorly close-up) or nearsighted (seeing poorly far away).

Moreover, if you notice that your child is squinting a lot, then it is probably time to make an eye appointment at 3 For 1 Glasses as it might be a sign of the lazy eye, which according to Mayo Clinic, is an abnormal vision disorder that can develop during infancy and early childhood and can result in decreased vision.

#2. Frequent Headaches

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Did you know that frequent headaches may mean that you have a vision problem? When your eyes strain to have a better concentration, it might cause headaches.

According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), “headaches may be attributed to farsightedness or astigmatism, which can cause both close and distant objects to appear blurry.”

#3. Eye Fatigue or Strain

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Eye strain or pain is the result obtained when you caught a cold, you didn’t get enough sleep or you are suffering from certain allergies. But if your eye pain continues for more than just a few days, it is advisable to get your eyes checked as soon as possible.

#4. Things Appear Blurry

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If you are having great difficulty in seeing things that are either far away or close to you, this is a strong indicator that you might need glasses. This problem can be noticed when you are reading, driving or working with a computer.

For instance, Dr. Ming Wang claimed that, “People generally should not have difficulty reading street signs on the road or menu boards at restaurants nor should they struggle with more close-vision activities like checking their cell phone or reading a book. But if someone’s having difficulty with any of the above activities, they might need glasses.”

#5. Rubbing Your Eyes Often

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If you find yourself rubbing your eyes too much, it could mean that you have eye fatigue or there is something amiss with your vision and you need glasses.

Furthermore, as eye rubbing can be caused by a medical condition like allergic conjunctivitis, which refers to the pink eye caused by an infection or certain allergies, it is necessary to get an eye exam.

#6. Sitting Close to the TV

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Do you often have to sit very close to the television? If yes, this is a sign that you might be nearsighted. When you are unable to see a specific object from far away, you try to compensate by moving closer to it.

#7. Reading with a Book near Your Face or at Arm’s Length

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The way you hold a book to read or even a menu restaurant can reveal if you have any vision problems and whether you need glasses. People who are nearsighted tend to hold their books and magazines closer to their face, while those who are farsighted tend to read with their books at arm’s length. And, in these cases, I strongly recommend reading glasses.

#8. Losing Your Place or Finger-Pointing While Reading

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Do you often lose your spot or skip lines when reading? This could represent a vision problem. For instance, it can be strabismus, a condition where your eyes are not aligned properly and point in different directions. Or, it can also be astigmatism.

In addition, some children have the tendency to point at words with their fingers when they read. It might be a good way to improve their reading skills, but this could also be a sign of a vision problem such as a lazy eye.

If you noticed any of these symptoms, then schedule an appointment with 3 For 1 Glasses.


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