10 Signs You Need Glasses (And 3 That You Don't)

Eye Health
By:Spirit Dental
October 23, 2019

Have you been wondering if your vision could be better? Or have you noticed that your vision isn’t as good as it used to be? Maybe you’re wondering if glasses would help you see more clearly. But do you really need glasses, or can you continue doing without?

To help you answer these questions, we’ve put together a list of 10 signs you need glasses. But just keep in mind that only an eye doctor will really be able to determine if corrective lenses are right for you. So, if you have any questions about your vision, make an appointment with a professional who can examine your eyes and give you the proper diagnosis.

10 Signs You Need Glasses

1. You’re seeing blurry

Not seeing 20/20? Glasses can help you get there. Whether you are having trouble seeing objects that are closer to you (farsightedness) or farther away from you (nearsightedness), an eye doctor can give you the appropriate prescription.

2. You’re squinting a lot

Another telltale sign that you might need glasses is if you find yourself squinting a lot in an effort to focus. By squinting, you can limit the light that enters your eye and make a blurry image look a little clearer. Glasses would eliminate the need to squint altogether.

3. Your eyes are fatigued

Do you deal with eye fatigue or strain often, or do you experience pain in your eyes? Do your symptoms last for days, without going away, and you can’t figure out why? Then it’s time to see an eye doctor, as you might need glasses to help your eyes feel better.

4. You’re seeing halos around lights

If your eyes aren’t able to focus when you look at a light, you might see a halo around it. Try it by looking at the headlights of a car at night or a light bulb in your home. Glasses might be the solution you need.

5. You’ve been getting a lot of headaches

Have you been getting a lot of headaches lately? It may be related to your sight. Basically, the headaches might be the result of trying really hard to focus, so getting glasses that bring everything into focus for you can help relieve the pain.

6. You’re seeing double

Seeing double shouldn’t be taken lightly. See your eye doctor to figure out what’s going on. Let your doctor know about the times of day during which you typically experience the double vision, and the activities that seem to cause it. The right prescription glasses might be all that’s required to get rid of this troublesome symptom.

7. You can no longer read with ease

If you’ve noticed that reading has become rather difficult, a pair of glasses might do the trick. Take note of how you need to hold a piece of paper, a menu at a restaurant, or a book. Do you need to put it closer to your face than before, or farther away? Your eye doctor might recommend a pair of reading glasses to fix this problem.

8. Your eyes take a while to adjust from dark to light

When you move from an environment that is dark to one that is light, pay attention to how quickly your eyes adjust. Are they taking longer than they used to, or are you experiencing a lot of sensitivity to the light? See your eye doctor for answers, and to find out if glasses are necessary.

9. You need more light to see, and you have trouble seeing at night

Needing more light at night might be a sign that you need prescription eyeglasses, or it might be related to another eye condition that a doctor would need to treat. It could be that, with age, your eyes are no longer able to adjust to the darkness as easily as they used to.

10. You rub your eyes a lot

Rubbing your eyes frequently might be related to eye strain or fatigue. As mentioned above, wearing glasses might be the appropriate solution.

3 Signs You Don’t Need Glasses

Below are some signs that you might not actually need glasses:

1. Your symptoms are caused by dry eye

Dry eye is a condition that may cause a host of symptoms, like irritated, scratchy, and stinging eyes, along with teary eyes. And it might even cause you to experience sensitivity to light and blurry vision. So while you might assume, at first, that you need glasses, your doctor might tell you that you really only need to tackle the dry eye problem to feel, and see, better.

2. Your symptoms are caused by cataracts

Cataracts is a condition that can develop with age. Basically, the lens of the eye becomes clouded, and that causes you to have poorer vision than you used to. In this case, glasses won’t help, but a surgical procedure will.

3. Your vision hasn’t changed much with age

Finally, if your vision hasn’t changed much despite your age, if you still see clearly, and if you aren’t experiencing any strange symptoms, you probably don’t need glasses. However, it’s still wise to see an eye doctor annually for a checkup to be sure everything is fine.

Want to Save Money on Eye Exams and Glasses? Get the Right Insurance!

Whether you need glasses now, or you’ll need them in the future, getting to those eye doctor appointments is smart. If you’re concerned about the cost of eye exams and prescription glasses, though, consider investing in a Spirit Vision plan that will help cover the cost so you don’t have to sacrifice your ability to see clearly.


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