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Trouble Seeing? 9 Common Signs You Need New Glasses

Did you know the eyewear industry was valued as a $110 billion dollar industry in 2020?

People spend a lot of money on eyeglasses, but how often do you need to upgrade your eyewear?

By understanding the signs your glasses are getting old, you can determine when it’s time to invest in a new pair. On average, you should replace your glasses every one to three years.

Continue reading to learn the 9 common signs you need new glasses.

1. Trouble Reading

For many of us, trouble reading was the first sign we needed glasses. If you have to hold text far away from your face in order to see it, you should invest in a new pair of glasses.

This is also true if you adjust your screen settings a lot. You should be able to comfortably read text on your screens. If you find yourself fiddling with your settings, your eyes may be the problem.

2. Squinting

You should not have to squint in order to see well. Many people realize they are squinting when they look at computer screens, presentations, or read books.

Squinting is a primary cause of eye strain, which is more specifically digital eye strain for many of us.

Upgrading your glasses will often fix your squinting. Especially if you work on a computer, investing in glasses that also block blue light is a great way to improve your overall eye health.

3. Blurry Vision

Blurry vision is a typical sign that you need new eyeglasses. When you visit your eye doctor, your eyes are tested to determine if your prescription has changed at all.

When your eyes have changed a noticeable amount, your old prescription will likely look more blurry. Using a prescription that is too weak causes squinting and eye strain, which can make your vision worse over time.

Instead of trying to stick it out with your old prescription, it may improve your overall eye health to wear a new prescription.

4. Eye Fatigue

Though eye fatigue is often a symptom of poor eye health and sleep, it may also be an indication that you need new glasses.

Eye fatigue often comes with blurry vision or squinting, but it is sometimes experienced by itself. Eye fatigue is that feeling of heaviness you experience in your eyelids.

This is often a symptom of poor sleep quality as well, but it is not always associated with tiredness.

5. Feelings of Nausea

Feelings of nausea or even double vision can sometimes go hand-in-hand and are not symptoms to ignore. Nausea often comes when your eyes have different prescriptions.

Sometimes your difference in eye prescriptions can change at a different rate from one another. When this happens, your brain has to adjust to the difference, and this can cause symptoms of nausea.

Double vision can also cause nausea sometimes, and it also means you likely need a new pair of glasses. A visit to the eye doctor will help diagnose what is causing your nausea or double vision and determine a proper solution.

6. Headaches

Recurring headaches are often linked to a change in vision. Unfortunately, it takes time to associate recurring headaches with your eyes. There are also a number of ways glasses may cause headaches.

Your prescription is often the cause of headaches, but your glasses fit can also be the culprit. When your glasses are too small, too large, or pull on your ears, this can cause the muscles in your head to strain.

If you ever feel like you cannot relax your ears or face, your glasses may be the cause, and this may relate to your headaches.

Your eye doctor should adjust your glasses for proper fit to ensure this is not happening, but you may also return to your eye doctor to have your glasses adjusted.

7. Pick a New Style

Sometimes, you need to shake things up. Whether that is for a new career or a change of pace, new glasses can help you transition and improve your self-confidence.

There are so many types of glasses that can leave you feeling more confident or rocking a new style.

Whether it is a new daily wearer or protective summer sunglasses, a new style can be fun and exciting. Variety is the spice of life, after all.

8. Old Glasses

Eyeglass technology changes often, like your smartphone or computer technology.

In recent years, there have been many breakthroughs that make modern glasses much better for your eyes than older pairs.

If your job demands a lot of screentime, there is modern blue-light blocking technology that is infused into eyeglasses, which can improve your eye health.

Anti-reflective coatings and UV blockers are all special technologies that are rapidly improving. If your glasses are more than a couple of years old, this may be a sign to treat yourself to an upgrade.

9. Damaged Eyeglasses

Damages in your eyeglass frames or lenses are quick signs that you should upgrade soon.

We have all laid on a pair of glasses and broken off the temples. Taping your eyeglasses back together may satisfy you, but it is important to have glasses that fit properly because your eyes will strain less.

Major glass scratches are also signs to upgrade. These interfere with your vision, causing eye strain and fatigue.

Your protective coatings can also begin to chip off your glasses, which is another sign to upgrade. This often interferes with your vision and can be a safety concern.

If You Have Any of These Signs You Need New Glasses, Visit Us Today

These are many of the signs you need new glasses. Though often a personal preference, it is also great for your health to make a routine upgrade. This reduces eye strain, which is one of the best ways to care for your eyes.

If you suspect you may need new glasses, take a look at the selection during your next checkup.

Contact Cedar Park Vision to select a great new pair of glasses.


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