How Do I Know If I Need Glasses? - R. Woodfall Opticians of London
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How Do I Know If I Need Glasses?

One common question that those with vision problems tend to ask is, how do I know if I need glasses? People need glasses for a variety of reasons at all sorts of different ages. If you’ve gone your whole life without needing glasses, then this could change as you get older. If you’re unsure whether or not you need the help of glasses, we’re here to assist. Below are some of the following signs to look out for that may indicate you need to visit your local optician. 

Blurry vision 

Having blurred vision often is a sign that you may need to have prescription lenses. Blurred vision is a common symptom of a variety of vision problems and eye conditions, but only a licensed professional can assess and diagnose you. Blurry vision is usually associated with refractive errors, which is a general term for a few common types of eye conditions. Myopia and hyperopia (near-sightedness and farsightedness) are all characterised by having blurry vision when trying to focus on objects up close or far away. 

Difficulty driving at night 

Having trouble driving at night could indicate a vision problem that you’re unaware of. For example,  if you notice a lot of glare and street lights seem to be very blurred, it can be a sign of astigmatism. Astigmatism is a refractive error that involves blurred vision, with a common symptom being difficulty driving during the night.

Depending on the severity of it, if you have astigmatism you will need prescription lenses to see better. Toric lenses are the best course of action when it comes to treating and correcting astigmatism. If you believe you have this eye condition, it’s always best to get it checked out. You may need lenses that can significantly improve your vision.

Frequent headaches 

Headaches are a very common symptom of eye strain. If you struggle to see clearly due to an eye condition or digital eye strain (from staring at screens for too long), you can experience headaches amongst other symptoms. 

Eyestrain is a common symptom of refractive errors, computer vision syndrome, and various other eye conditions. So if you’re having frequent headaches as well as struggling to see clearly, you should visit your optician as you may be in need of glasses.

Here at R Woodfall, we can assess your vision in one of our practices and map out a treatment plan for you, for more information please contact us anytime.