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How to Determine if You May Need Glasses

Posted Dec 17 2009 10:21am

The Vision Council of America recommends that everyone has a regular eye exam. If you haven't had an exam in a while here are some tips to tell if you may need eyeglasses.

If you are having difficulty seeing well at night, see floating spots, have difficulty reading, suffer from tired eyes or frequent headaches you may need prescription glasses. Your optometrist can run tests to determine if that is the case.

There are several different forms of vision problems. The most common ones are nearsightedness and farsightedness. Nearsighted means that you can see well up close but have difficulty seeing far away. People with nearsighted eyes may squint to see the television and have trouble reading the words on signs. Try this home test if you think you may be nearsighted. Turn on your television to a sporting event. If you have to squint or lean forward to see the score you may be nearsighted.

Farsighted is just the opposite. People who are farsighted have problems seeing objects up close. Reading is especially difficult for these people and they may blink excessively.

If someone has a problem with the shape of their eye this is called astigmatism. People with this condition can not see up close or far away. This also causes excessive watering in the eyes and you may become fatigued and have difficulty working with computers.

Amblyopia or "lazy eye" is when one eye transfers an unclear picture to the brain. The brain then ignores the image which causes one eye to see better than the other. People with this condition often have to wear an eye patch in order to strengthen the other eye.

If you are squinting more often, have frequent headaches, are seeing spots or your eyes are fatigued you may need glasses. Your optometrist can help you solve your eye problems. If you are concerned about how you may look with glasses don't worry there are plenty of stylish eyeglass frames on the market today.






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