How long have you had your glasses? One year? Two years? It may seem like your glasses are still working perfectly to correct your vision, but they probably aren’t. As we age, our eyes continue to change. Prescriptions that are over a year old have a chance of not matching the changes our eyes have gone through over the past 12 months. If your glasses are over a year old, it’s likely that your eyes no longer match your prescription.
How do you know when to get new glasses? Here are five signs it’s time to update your eye prescription.
Headaches are one of the earliest (and easiest to spot) warning signs it’s time to update your eye prescription. Your brain recognizes very early that your eyes are changing and tries to compensate for the change in your vision. Your brain begins to work in overdrive, causing strain and often pain.
Eventually, after a prolonged effort to help your eyes, your brain will get worn out. Headaches will become a frequent reminder that your prescription isn’t compensating properly for your vision. Resting your eyes or taking a pain reliever can give your eyes and head some much-needed relief, but the pain and fatigue will likely return if your prescription isn’t updated. If you’re experiencing headaches more frequently, that could mean it’s time to update your eye prescription.
Squinting is a natural way to improve clarity and focus blurry objects. While squinting your eyes seems like an easy solution to blurry vision, prolonged squinting can cause strain and discomfort to your eyes, making the problem far worse.
Many patients don’t even realize they‘ve been squinting until a headache or eye fatigue sets in. Headaches and eye fatigue are often attributed to other factors first—like dehydration, lack of sleep, or hunger—before patients realize that their headache and eye fatigue are actually due to an outdated prescription. If you’re squinting to see, it’s time to update your eye prescription.
Eye fatigue occurs when your eyes strain to see objects in front of you more clearly. Like your brain, your eyes begin to work too hard and become fatigued. Eye fatigue can be a symptom of lack of sleep, illness (like the flu or cold), or allergies. For the majority of us, however, the most common cause of eye fatigue is technology.
We spend hours of our time glued to our phones and computer screens. Continued use over a period of hours strains our eyes, causing eye fatigue and digital eye strain. Taking a break from staring at a screen is the best and easiest way to relieve your eyes from fatigue. However, if your eye fatigue doesn’t wear off in a few days, it can be a sign of poor or changing vision. If you’re experiencing eye fatigue, you may need to update your eye prescription.
Blurry vision is the easiest way to notice that your vision is beginning to change. Changes in your vision aren’t always consistent, so it’s easy to not notice them at first. It’s common for your eyes to have different prescriptions as well! Your right eye may have a consistent prescription over the years, but your left eye may have changed. This change can be subtle and easy to miss, or severe and disorientating.
At your yearly eye exam, your eye doctor will run tests to ensure your prescription matches the changes your eyes have gone through since your last visit. Blurriness can also be a sign of other medical conditions, such as cataracts, that can require further treatment. If you have blurry vision, it’s time to update your eye prescription.
Your glasses shouldn’t reach their second birthday. Like every other product, your prescription has an expiration date. Just like the rest of our bodies, our eyes age! It’s important to have a yearly eye exam, not only to check the health of your eyes, but also to make sure your eye prescription is up to date.
Our eyes are constantly adjusting and changing, so it’s unlikely that your vision has stayed consistent for more than 2 years. If your glasses are more than a year old, you may need to update your eye prescription.
Your eye prescription changes. Outdated prescriptions put more strain on your eyes, causing unnecessary pain and damage. But, making sure to get your prescription checked and updated every year will help you maintain your good eye health. If you’ve experienced any of these five signs, it’s time to update your eye prescription!
Mather Vision Group is an optometry office in Lafayette, Indiana. Contact Mather Vision to schedule an appointment, or stop in to see the optometrist’s large variety of glasses and frames. You can find Mather Vision us online, on Facebook, and on Google+.