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Do You Need Glasses? 5 Ways to Find Out

As we age, it often becomes more and more difficult to see and read clearly. Unfortunately it’s just a fact of life – farsightedness is an unavoidable part of the ageing process. With farsightedness (commonly referred to as presbyopia, although they are slightly different conditions), you’ll find that reading text on a page becomes particularly difficult. The advent of e-readers has made life a little easier with ‘paperwhite’ technology and the ability to enlarge the text, but for the book and magazine readers among us this sadly isn’t an option.

Fortunately nowadays, finding a suitable pair of reading glasses need not be an expensive purchase. In fact, many supermarkets stock a good range of reading glasses, although it is wise to visit an optician first in order to get the correct prescription.

Read on to find out about some of the common signs of changing eyesight.

1. Blurry Vision

It might seem obvious, but it’s amazing how many people dismiss suddenly blurry vision as nothing to be concerned with. Any change or distortion in your regular eyesight should send you straight to the opticians. You can check whether your eyesight is changing by regularly testing yourself on number plates or reading materials.

2. Tired Eyes

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Blurry vision after driving or reading? You may well need some reading glasses.

Spending long hours in front of a computer, or simply a lack of decent sleep, can leave any of us with tired eyes. But if you’re finding that your eyes often feel tired after driving or reading, then you probably need glasses to aid your eyesight.

3. Difficulty Adjusting from Dark to Light Rooms

Does turning the light on when you wake up in the morning cause you to flinch and leave you struggling to see for more than a few seconds? Difficulty in adjusting to a change in the light conditions is a sure fire sign that your eyes are starting to succumb to age-related presbyopia.

4. Regular Unexplained Headaches

If you’re an avid reader or spend a lot of time in front of a computer or tablet screen, you might be finding that the amount of headaches you suffer from is increasing. If you are, glasses could really help keep those headaches at bay. The extra pressure caused by straining your eyes to do close-up work is to blame.

5. Wavy Vision

Like blurry vision, this is an easy one to test. Just find any straight line, like a door or window frame, close one eye and determine if the line appears wavy. Wavy vision is common for those experience age-related eyesight issues, but glasses could really help.

If your eyesight problems extend beyond age-related degeneration, you should definitely consult an eye specialist. Many procedures are available to correct all kinds of common problems.