5 Warning Signs That You Need Glasses

Having trouble with your eyes and sight? After reading these signs that you need glasses, you can determine if you should see an optometrist.

You've never needed glasses, but is your once-perfect vision starting to get a little blurry? That's just one sign that it may be time for glasses.

You're also not alone. Vision problems are common. More than a quarter of all American adults need glasses.

Contrary to popular belief, less than 35% of adults even have 20/20 vision. Age, genetics, environmental factors, health, and habits can all contribute to vision loss.

While millions of Americans need glasses, not everyone wears them. Unfortunately, not wearing glasses can have consequences.

Don't put your health and safety at risk. Here are five undeniable signs that you need glasses.

1. You're Always Tired

Do you still feel tired after a full 8 hours of sleep? Your fatigue may be a symptom of vision problems.

When you have vision issues, you start changing your behaviors to adapt. Frequent squinting is a telltale sign of vision problems. It can also lead to irritated skin around eyes.

Unfortunately, squinting creates eye strain, which causes tiredness and fatigue. It can also lead to painful headaches and migraines. Aches and pains only exacerbate fatigue.

Fatigue is a symptom of many health conditions. However, if your doctor rules out everything else, book an eye test.

2. You're Dizzy and Nauseated

Another physical symptom of vision problems is nausea.

Do you see double? Talk to your doctor first. If there is no other cause for your nausea, your dizziness may be a symptom of double vision.

Double vision is called diplopia. There are several causes. One of the most common causes of diplopia is astigmatism.

Other causes include eye infections and the following conditions:

  • Cataracts
  • Pterygium or "eye web"
  • Chronic dry eyes
  • Diabetes
  • Auto-immune diseases

Double vision is also a symptom of vertigo, which causes nausea. Don't drive or operate any heavy machinery if you have double vision.

Talk to your doctor about nausea and potential vision problems. In the meantime, you can treat your nausea at home with peppermint tea, ginger, and more natural remedies.

3. Up Close and Personal

Are you pulling that book a little close to your face? Are you leaning into to far to see the TV screen? These are all behaviors of someone who needs glasses.

If you need to get up close to see something, this is a symptom of farsightedness. Farsighted vision means you have difficulty seeing objects up close. If you're nearsighted, that means you have trouble seeing objects that are far away.

Here are more signs of farsightedness:

  • Unable to read the fine print on labels
  • Difficulty reading text on a computer
  • Trouble reading small text on your cell phone
  • Frequently squinting and straining your eyes

Uncorrected farsightedness can lead to physical symptoms like fatigue, nausea, and migraines. You can also damage your eyes further by using excessive lighting.

Don't wait to see an optometrist. Farsightedness is easily fixed with glasses. However, the longer you wait, the worse your vision gets.

4. You Can't See Objects From a Distance

If you're having difficulty seeing the road signs ahead, You may be nearsighted. The same goes for when you're walking down the street. The more nearsighted you are, the closer you have to move toward an object.

Vision is measured using the Snellen 20-foot test. If you have 20/20 vision, you can see the same object clearly at 20 feet as someone with normal vision.

However, if you have 20/40 vision, your vision is only half as strong as 20/20. If someone can see a tree that's 40 feet away, you can only see that same tree at 20 feet away. In other words, you can't see a tree at 40 feet with 20/40 vision.

Your eye doctor will give you a Snellen chart test to measure your visual acuity. You can also measure acuity with at-home tests.

To measure your vision at home, print out a free Snellen chart, and tape it on the wall. Make sure you're in a well-lit room. You'll need something to cover your eye.

Sit about 10 feet away from the chart. Enlist a friend to help. Have your friend shine a light on each line of text, documenting your results as you go.

5. Trouble Adjusting to Light

Do you struggle with adjusting to morning light when you wake up? This whole time you thought you weren't a morning person. The problem may be your vision!

People with vision problems have trouble adjusting to both light and dark surroundings. This issue can be due to simple vision problems, like near or farsightedness. However, this can also be a symptom of more serious eye health issues, like cataracts, diabetes, or even vitamin deficiencies.

Another problem is seeing halos around light. If you frequently see halos around light bulbs and other light sources, this may be a sign of a vision issue. People with astigmatism often have this problem.

Showing Signs That You Need Glasses?

Do any of these signs sound familiar? The first thing you need to do is book an appointment with an optometrist. You can also give yourself an eye test for good measure.

If you're dealing with the physical symptoms of vision problems, talk to your doctor about treatment. Painful migraines, nausea, chronic fatigue, and eye strain can impact your life in more ways than one. See an eye doctor if your vision issues are negatively impacting your studies or career.

Diet can also impact eye health. Consider switching to foods like fish, eggs, kale, carrots, and nuts. These foods are rich in vitamin A and C, which is essential for eye health.

While you may get used to poor vision, not wearing glasses puts yourself and others at risk. Make sure to prioritize your eye health to prevent any consequences down the line.

Look Forward

Seeing clearly helps you think clearly. Don't pay the price of not wearing glasses. Start looking for signs that you need glasses so you can finally enjoy 20/20 vision.

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