Friday, December 9, 2011

Signs You May Need Glasses

By Jamie Mcquade

Most people are slow to admit that they may need glasses, even when the signs may be staring them right in the face. For some, the need for glasses signifies aging, which is something that no one is particularly interested in speeding up. Glasses are a used to help correct various vision problems, including farsightedness, nearsightedness and astigmatism. When you need eyeglasses, it's important not to delay getting properly assessed for too long, because the strain on your eyes may become quite uncomfortable.

Vision issues can also affect parts of your lifestyle, like working or driving your car. Vision problems that go ignored can increase your risk of an auto accident, or could leave you with an intense headache at the end of the day from straining to see the computer screen or blackboard. Luckily, developing vision problems doesn't have to end in pain or injury if you pay attention to the signs and act accordingly.

If you find that you're suffering from blurred vision at different points during the day with no logical explanation, it's a good idea to visit an optometrist and see about some glasses. If you find that you're straining to see everyday things like signs or text on a computer screen or in a book that you used to find easy to read, it may be time to make an appointment to get tested for glasses. Your difficulty to see clearly may also be accompanied by a good deal of squinting and blinking, headaches and spots that float around your field of vision. Difficulty seeing at night is another indication you may need some corrective eyeglasses. Night time vision problems happen to a lot of people, and the obvious dangers while driving make an eye exam a very wise choice.

Basically, if you can see objects that are far away fairly clearly, but your up-close vision is blurred, it is possibly farsightedness. If you can see objects clearly up close, but objects far away are blurred, you are likely nearsighted. Astigmatism may be the cause if your vision is blurred far away and up close. The easiest way to find out for sure is to make an appointment and go see an optometrist. Only then will you know if you need eyeglasses and the type and strength of prescription your glasses require.

For your kids, look for signs such as holding books and other objects close to their faces, sitting really close to the television, tilting their heads to one side or even covering an eye to try and see things more clearly. Any of these signs may indicate that they need glasses. Rubbing their eyes is also a potential sign of needing eyeglasses, as are problems at school which may be associated with not being able to see the board clearly. If your children are old enough to communicate clearly and exhibit classic signs of poor vision, ask questions to help determine if glasses may be what are needed. Make an appointment with an optometrist as soon as possible so your child can get eyeglass frames and see clearly again.

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