Some signs that you may need reading glasses 

Some signs that you may need reading glasses 

Do you ever feel like you look like you’re playing the trombone when reading a book, text or recipe? It goes something like this: you look at the print up-close, then adjust the distance several times until the words come into focus. If this new method of reading is becoming a habit, it might be time for reading glasses. If you suspect that you many need reading glasses, then we encourage you to schedule an eye exam at Mountain Eye Care today! Let our vision professionals test your vision and diagnose any issues that may be present. From there, we can prescribe you a pair of reading glasses that not only improve your vision while reading your favourite books, but also add style to your life! In this blog, we talk about a few of the signs that may indicate you in fact need reading glasses.  

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Do you doze off at your computer?

The muscles in your eyes work hardest when you focus on close-up or detailed work, like when you’re reading or working on the computer. If you need glasses, those muscles work even harder to help you see clearly. Because that isn’t a natural position for the eyes, they can get tired, which makes you feel sleepy. If reading glasses alone don’t help, try blinking more often or pushing your computer farther away from you. This will keep your eyes more relaxed. 

Do you require brighter light to read? 

Your normal reading lamp doesn’t seem bright enough, so you turn on another lamp, and then maybe even an overhead light. If you never seem to have enough light, regardless of the room or type of lighting, it could be one of the signs you need glasses. This becomes more prevalent as you age, but don’t worry, it’s a normal condition. Studies show that the average 60-year-old needs at least three times the amount of light as a 20-year-old.

Do you get an arm workout while reading a book?

The way you hold a book can be one of the most telling signs you need glasses. If you are near-sighted, which is when you can’t see far away, you’ll bring a book 12 inches or less toward your face. If you’re far-sighted, which is when you can’t see up close, you might need to hold the book at arm’s length. Remember this rule: If an object held 14 inches from your face is blurry, you may need some sort of corrective lens.

Do you keep getting headaches?

Eye strain from working with few breaks can also make you more susceptible to headaches or make recurring headaches worsen. If the headache is right behind your eyes, the cause could be hyperopia (far-sightedness) or astigmatism (when objects look blurry at certain angles due to the cornea’s shape). Both problems are signs you need glasses, and getting a pair can correct these issues. Be sure to take frequent breaks when doing work that can strain your eyes. 

Do you see halos?

When your eyes cannot properly focus light into your retina, the light can become blurred or scattered. As a result, you may see bright circles appear around lights of various shapes and sizes, from light bulbs or car headlights. This could be one of the signs you need glasses. However, halos are also a common symptom of cataracts, especially along with cloudy vision. If you see halos, talk to your doctor.

After reading this blog by Mountain Eye Care, is it becoming more obvious to you that you may need reading glasses? Well if so, you have come to the right place. Schedule an eye exam with us today and let our vision care specialists get you fitted with a pair of reading glasses. Click here to find our contact information or to speak with a representative.