When you’ve had your glasses for years, it’s easy to assume your prescription has remained the same. After all, you can still see out of them, right? Unfortunately, the older we get, the more our eyes change. If you’ve had your glasses for over a year, it’s likely that your vision has changed since the last time your eyes were checked, so make sure you see your optometrist on a regular basis.
However, there are also some clear signs that your eye prescription has changed. Here’s what to watch out for when you suspect it’s time to get an eye exam for a new prescription:
- Your eyes feel fatigued faster: Eye fatigue and eye strain are common, especially when you work in front of a computer screen all day. These issues can be caused by allergies, sleep and even colds and the flu. However, they’re also signs that your eye prescription may have changed. Eye strain happens when your brain and ocular muscles have to work harder to focus. If regular screen breaks or a few days of rest don’t fix the problem, it’s time to visit your optometrist.
- You’ve been squinting more than usual: We squint to help our eyes focus on blurry objects—but if your glasses are working properly, you shouldn’t need to. Many of us don’t even realize we’re squinting until we get a headache or feel eye strain.
- You suffer from frequent headaches: Speaking of headaches, your vision can cause those, too. When your eye prescription changes, your brain notices that something is wrong. It starts working overtime to focus. Eventually, the extra effort to see clearly will fatigue your body and your brain. This is one of the earliest signs that you need to get a new prescription, but it can be mistaken for illness or stress. If the headaches persist, consider seeing an optometrist.
- Your vision is blurrier: Blurry vision is a very obvious sign that it’s time to update your prescription. It can happen in either or both eyes, so pay attention when things aren’t coming into focus as usual. Try putting your hand over one eye at a time to see if there’s a marked difference in focus.
- You have double vision: Double vision can be a sign of a serious eye condition, so go see your eye doctor right away. You may be prescribed glasses with more prismatic power, which can help alleviate the symptoms of crossed eyes and double vision.
- Your glasses are over a year old: Finally, if your glasses are more than a year old, it’s time to get your eyes checked. Not only can your eyes change surprisingly rapidly over the course of a year, but it’s a great excuse for a style upgrade, too.
Taking care of your eyes is important, which is why we encourage you to book regular exams at Dr. Jill’s Optical Shoppe. Get in touch with us today to learn more about our eye services and frame selection, and to schedule your next appointment.