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Do I need glasses?

Many people don’t realise that they would benefit from the assistance of glasses or contact lenses. If you are straining your eyes, even slightly, to look at a computer screen, a book, a sign on the road, or a mountain in the distance, you may already have a vision problem that needs correcting. There is no need to live your life with poor vision or even occasional difficulty seeing; don’t delay getting a check-up until it’s difficult for you to do basic things. As soon as you notice changes in your ability to see, it’s time to do something about it.

The easiest way to find out if you need glasses or contact lenses is to book an appointment with an optometrist for a simple eye test.

Signs you may need glasses or contact lenses

There are some early warning signs that can indicate that you need glasses or contact lenses. These include: Do I need glasses

  • blurry vision when looking at objects close up (this can indicate long-sightedness, also called hyperopia)
  • difficulty seeing objects in the distance (this can indicate short-sightedness, also called myopia)
  • trouble seeing things close up and in the distance (this can be a sign of astigmatism)
  • difficulty seeing clearly at night
  • finding it harder to adjust from dark to light settings
  • difficulty reading a book or looking at a computer screen
  • straining your eyes to see clearly, or experiencing eye fatigue
  • suffering frequent headaches
  • experiencing double vision
  • seeing ‘halos’ around light.

Having any of these symptoms doesn’t necessarily mean that you have a vision condition, but they are signs that you should get an eye test. Whether or not you end up needing glasses or contact lenses to assist your vision, an optometrist can help you to understand what’s happening with your changing eyesight, things you should do about it as well as things to look out for in the future. Some people even prefer to get a yearly eye test to pick up any changes in their eyesight.

Read more about common refractive errors that require glasses or contact lenses such as hyperopia, myopia, astigmatism, presbyopia and cataracts.

Choosing contact lenses

EYESONLINE specialise in selling quality contact lenses at the best prices. Thanks to advances in technology, most people with vision conditions can now choose to wear contact lenses instead of glasses. Often it is simply a matter of personal preference. Speak to your optometrist if you are interested in wearing contact lenses.

Read more about our contact lenses.