For anyone who’s gone most of their life without needing any kind of corrective lenses, the need for glasses can be sudden and even unnoticed. Deteriorating vision that goes uncorrected can lead to other vision problems like headaches and even become a safety hazard when driving. However, the team at Raphael Opticians can help you find out if it’s time for an eye exam. Keep reading for five ways to tell if you need glasses in White Plains, NY.
Blurred or fuzzy vision
Blurred or fuzzy vision is when you lose the sharpness around objects. You can tell this is becoming an issue when it appears that a person’s hair has lost its texture or trees no longer have leaves on them. Instead, people and objects have smooth edges around them and there’s no sense of texture. Objects appear to be out of focus and somewhat hazy.
Conditions like nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism can be just a few possible causes of your blurred vision. More severe conditions such as cataracts, diabetes, or migraines can also lead to these changes in vision.
Symptoms of double vision are just as they seem. It’s a case where a person sees double of an image when there should only be one. This condition is called diplopia and can be side-by-side images, one under the other, or even both. While surgery might be required, corrective lenses can remedy this issue. A case of double vision can be the result of a weak or paralyzed optic nerve or damage to the muscles that move the eye. This is because the eyes must work together to create a proper depth of field and if one isn’t working in concert with the other then you’ll see two objects at different depths. An optician at Raffy’s can help to diagnose the issue and recommend a course of treatment.
There are a number of ways that your vision can cause headaches. Whether you’re sitting in front of a computer for long hours or even have a case of undiagnosed nearsightedness or astigmatism, the overstimulation of the eyes and brain will cause headaches. A new pair of glasses can help ease your eyes and remove some of the strain. This will then reduce the number of headaches that you experience.
Eyestrain or squinting
While headaches can be a result of eyestrain or squinting, there are other effects that you can experience as a result. Most consequences of dealing with eyestrain aren’t long-term, but they can still be a horrible experience. If you’re in need of a new pair of glasses, your eyes will have to work extra hard to maintain a focus on what you’re doing, which will then lead to tired eyes and blurry vision. You can avoid this by resting your eyes regularly and getting a current prescription for glasses.
Objects have “auras” or “halos”
Occasionally seeing halos or auras around objects or lights is common for people who wear glasses or contact lenses. Seeing a halo or aura is when you see a ring around a light or lit object. Individuals who have also had LASIK or cataract surgery might also see these outlines. Other conditions like migraine, glaucoma, and sunburned eyes can lead to these vision problems. However, this can sometimes be the case for someone who needs glasses to treat astigmatism or keratoconus.
Schedule an appointment
If you fit into any of these categories or are generally curious about the state of your eyesight, please don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with Raphael Opticians in White Plains, NY. We can perform an eye exam to help you decide if you need a new set of glasses.