7 signs it’s probably time for new glasses
If you’re concerned you may need new glasses, blurry vision, eye fatigue and frequent headaches are among the many signs you may need to update your current glasses.
Some vision problems can be difficult to identify but easy to correct with a new pair of glasses. Here are 7 signs you may need new glasses:
1. Your vision is blurry
Blurry vision up close or at distances causes vision problems, and a new pair of glasses is probably the solution.
An updated prescription to correct for short-sightedness (myopia) or long-sightedness (hyperopia) will help you to see clearly again for your distance vision (things further away than 6cm). If you are over 40 years old, your optometrist may prescribe progressive lenses, which will help you to see at all distances near, far and in-between.
If words on digital screens or in books become blurry, a pair of extended focus prescription lenses could make you look forward to curling up with your favorite video game or paperback thriller again.
Blurry vision raises many questions, and glasses may not be the answer. See your optometrist and schedule a comprehensive eye test. A new prescription may be all that’s needed for you to see clearly again.
2. You squint when looking at screens
Squinting at your laptop, tablet and smartphone may have become second nature as you try to cope with the effects of digital eye strain. Symptoms include headaches, dry eyes, red eyes and — you guessed it — blurry vision.
Digital eye strain is common, and can be treated with the right glasses for your computer needs, which help focus your intermediate vision e.g. extended focus glasses. These glasses also benefit from the addition of blue light filtering that helps increase contrast when using digital screens.
3. You struggle with double vision
If you are seeing double, it’s a sure sign you should see your optometrist. The causes of double vision vary and range in severity.
For example, double vision could be a symptom of a turned eye (strabismus). If your optometrist determines that you have a turned eye causing your double vision, you may need a different kind of prescription that includes a prismatic correction and a new pair of glasses.
Correcting your eyes alignment issues with a new pair of glasses may keep you from seeing double.
4. You have frequent headaches
Your frequent headaches may be caused by vision problems. Some of the most common causes of headaches include outdated prescriptions and undiagnosed vision disorders.
If you suspect your prescription is incorrect or out of date, it’s time to schedule an eye test with your optometrist to get new lenses.
Frames themselves can cause discomfort that leads to headaches. If the temples (arms) of your glasses are too tight or pressing too hard against your head, you may not need new glasses but rather a simple adjustment of your frames.
The fit of your glasses may change over time as you wear them and take them on and off. Adjustments to the nose-pieces and or temples can help restore the fit of your glasses. In return, this can help reduce or stop your headaches.
The wrong size frames are another common reason for headaches, which cannot be fixed with a simple adjustment. If this is the case, you’ll need a new pair of glasses to make your headaches vanish.
5. Your lenses or frames are damaged
Scratched lenses and lenses that are not cared for properly can make it difficult to see and can be annoying.
For example, cleaning your glasses with hot water can damage the lens coating, which makes it hard for you to see clearly. Follow your optometrist’s guidance to properly care for your lenses — especially if they are photochromic or have an anti-reflection coating.
Frames can be damaged by more than just cosmetic wear and tear. The temples of glasses can also stretch over time, causing them to loosen.
If your lenses or frames are damaged beyond repair, it’s time for new glasses.
6. It’s been a while since your last eye test
Vision and prescriptions change over time. The best way to maintain good visual health is to have regular eye tests.
A visit with your optometrist involves a comprehensive check-up. They will perform several tests to check for signs of vision problems and other conditions. Some of these tests include:
- Visual acuity test — this test involves reading an eye chart and tests the sharpness of your vision.
- Ocular motility test — how smoothly your eye movements coordinate with the rest of your vision, especially your focusing, will be checked.
- Depth perception test — 3D glasses are worn during this test while you identify which objects appear closest to you on a given page.
- Colour vision test — this tests your ability to see different colors, and can detect any problems with your eye health that may be affecting this skill.
- Internal examination of the retina – the optometrist can look inside your eye in a variety of ways from a sophisticated scan like an OCT (ocular coherence tomography) to a 3D view using a special microscope and a high powered lens
7. Your style feels outdated
Fashion trends change, and you may feel it’s time for a new eyewear look. Look in the mirror. Are your current frames like a neon sign announcing you need new glasses?
Fashion isn’t always about needs but rather about what you want -- and your budget. All of this applies to your eyeglasses. If you look in the mirror and you don’t need a new look but you want change, go for it!
A new pair of frames is a great way to update your style, and an upgrade in lenses is a smart way to keep your vision sharp at the same time. Glasses also offer the chance to wear a designer brand. While you may not be in the market for a designer dress, shoes or hand bag, the same brand in spectacle frames can make a statement without breaking the bank.
WHAT ARE THE BEST NEW GLASSES FOR YOUR VISION NEEDS? Find an optometrist near you and you will get expert advice and recommendations on the best lenses and frames for your new glasses.