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How to Determine if You May Need Glasses

The Vision Council of America recommends that everyone has a regular eye exam. If you haven’t had an exam in a while here are some tips to tell if you may need eyeglasses.

If you are having difficulty seeing well at night, see floating spots, have difficulty reading, suffer from tired eyes or frequent headaches you may need prescription glasses. Your optometrist can run tests to determine if that is the case.

There are several different forms of vision problems. The most common ones are nearsightedness and farsightedness. Nearsighted means that you can see well up close but have difficulty seeing far away. People with nearsighted eyes may squint to see the television and have trouble reading the words on signs. Try this home test if you think you may be nearsighted. Turn on your television to a sporting event. If you have to squint or lean forward to see the score you may be nearsighted.

Farsighted is just the opposite. People who are farsighted have problems seeing objects up close. Reading is especially difficult for these people and they may blink excessively.

If someone has a problem with the shape of their eye this is called astigmatism. People with this condition can not see up close or far away. This also causes excessive watering in the eyes and you may become fatigued and have difficulty working with computers.

Amblyopia or “lazy eye” is when one eye transfers an unclear picture to the brain. The brain then ignores the image which causes one eye to see better than the other. People with this condition often have to wear an eye patch in order to strengthen the other eye.

If you are squinting more often, have frequent headaches, are seeing spots or your eyes are fatigued you may need glasses. Your optometrist can help you solve your eye problems. If you are concerned about how you may look with glasses don’t worry there are plenty of stylish eyeglass frames on the market today.

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Cascia Talbert is a devout Catholic, mother of five children, health and fitness enthusiast and positive parenting supporter. She is also the founder of the award winning online health, fitness, parenting and Christian faith magazine for moms, the Healthy Moms Magazine. She lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband, five children and one spoiled cat. Her hobbies include gardening, country music, running, and playing her flute. Check out her first book, "Taking Care of your Family's Health and Well-being, Saints to Turn to and the Catholic Faith," available exclusively on Amazon.



  1. Kristie December 17, 2009

    I haven't had my eyes checked in what seems like forever. It would probably be a good idea to set up an appointment soon! 🙂

  2. sunnymama December 18, 2009

    It's far too long since I've been to the opticians! Thanks for the reminder. 🙂

  3. sheila December 18, 2009

    I know I need glasses when every tiny tweet I send on my Blackberry feeds to my Facebook page with unexpected typos glaring large.

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