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Time For Glasses? A Visit To The Eye Doctor Will Tell You

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If you begin to have problems with your eyes, it might not be immediately obvious. Sometimes the symptoms are slight, but when you combine them, they paint a clear picture for you. If you suspect you need glasses, an appointment with your eye doctor is an excellent place to start. 

Common Signs of Vision Problems

There are some signs that you may need glasses or contact, and while everyone is different, if you start to notice these things, make an appointment to see the eye doctor as soon as you can.

Squinting When Reading

If you are starting to have trouble reading the small print and things close up, it is common to squint to try and focus. Holding the item at different distances sometimes helps for a while, but eventually, that may not work anymore, and you need to have some correction to your vision.

Headaches After Reading

Another common problem that can indicate an eyesight issue is headaches after you have been reading for a while. If your eyes are working extra hard to focus on the words you are reading, the straining can cause a headache that is relieved after you stop reading for a while. 

Blurred Vision

If you start to see parts of your vision are blurred or if you can't focus on things at specific distances anymore, it can be a sign of vision changes. Your eye doctor will have to test your eyes for changes with several tests to determine where the changes in your vision are. 

Correcting Your EyeSight

The most common way to correct your eyesight is through prescription eyeglasses. The eye doctor will prescribe a specific power lens that will correct your vision as close to 20/20 vision as possible. It is not always possible to adequately correct the vision, but getting close is the goal. 

The eye doctor may need to prescribe two different lens powers for your glasses; one for reading and one for distance vision. This is more common for people as they get older, but bi-focal lenses are not unheard of for young people in some situations. 

Protecting Your Eyes

Talk to your eye doctor about ways to protect your eyes if you spend a lot of time outside or in front of a computer screen. The ultraviolet light outside can damage your eyes, but sunglasses can help lessen that. 

Blue light from computer monitors, tablets, and phones can also damage your eyes over time, but there are coatings for your glasses and even special lenses that can help if you spend all day in front of a computer screen at work or home. For more information, visit a website like