Keep An Eye Out For These Signs That Suggest Changes In Your Eyesight

Posted on: 6 May 2016

When you wear glasses, an annual visit to your optometrist will reveal whether there's been enough of a change in your eyesight to warrant a new glasses prescription. However, there are times at which your eyesight will change dramatically in the months between your scheduled optometrist appointments, meaning that it's a good idea to schedule an additional appointment to confirm what you might suspect — that it's time for new glasses. Changes in your eyesight are about more than just having some degree of fuzziness in your vision. Here are some signs that your eyesight has changed and needs to be assessed by your eye-care professional.

Unexplained Headaches

In some cases, changes in your eyesight will be apparent; in others, you might not immediately notice that something is different. A symptom of a change of the latter variety is that you've recently started to suffer from headaches and you can't identify the cause. While headaches can result from a variety of different factors, they commonly occur when you're squinting because you're having trouble seeing. The constant squinting can cause a tightening of the muscles in your face and head and result in headaches.

Tired Eyes

If you stare at the computer all day, you'll often have tired eyes at the end of the workday; perhaps you're keen on doing anything that doesn't involve sitting in front of a screen as a way to rest your eyes. If your computer time is minimal, however, and your eyes feel tired and sore, there's a possibility that your eyesight has changed and that the eye fatigue is a symptom. Tired eyes can feel different to different people, but a common issue people experience is that their eyes might feel irritated or itchy, similar to the symptoms of staying away for long periods or repeatedly being short on sleep.

You're Using Your Glasses Differently

A change in your eyesight can mean that your current glasses lenses just aren't cutting it anymore. This can mean that when you need to see something close up, you've developed a habit of looking over or under your glasses or perhaps removing them entirely. If you have bifocal or progressive lenses, you might notice that you're shifting the position of the glasses on your face to allow you to look through the secondary parts of the lenses more often than not. Making these changes is a hassle and a definite sign that you should visit a glasses store.