Do You Need Glasses? (10 Telling Signs That You Should See Your Eye Doctor)

Your eyes change over time, so you may not even realize that you need glasses. Common symptoms of needing glasses include headaches, eye aches, and squinting. The best way to know for sure if you need glasses is to find an optometrist nearby and schedule a comprehensive eye exam

If you are experiencing a sudden loss of vision or eye pain, it is important to have it looked into immediately. An eye doctor is the only person who will be able to confirm if you need glasses.

10 Signs You Need Glasses | Time to see an Optometrist for an Eye Exam

  1. Blurred vision
  2. Difficulty seeing at night
  3. Trouble adjusting from dark to light
  4. Frequent headaches
  5. Difficulty with computer use
  6. Eye Strain or fatigue
  7. Seeing halos
  8. Double Vision
  9. Blurry vision such as nearsightedness or farsightedness 
  10. A pressure or strain sensation around the eyes
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Metrotown Optometrist – Best Rated Recommendations

Your vision changes as you age, and not every change in vision is abnormal. When you reach your 40’s, the natural internal lens in your eye becomes less flexible. This means they are unable to focus as easily from near to far and that you may need glasses. When this happens, your near vision gets worse and you may be wondering if you need reading glasses. Trouble seeing smaller print in low light, eyes hurting when trying to read or do other close work are a few signs that your near vision is changing.

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, book an appointment to see an Optometrist nearby. Even if you are not having the above symptoms, it is recommended to see an eye doctor for regular eye exams to ensure you are seeing clearly and to keep up to date on your eye health.

How Often Should I See My Eye Doctor?

Infants: Receive a first eye exam between six and nine months.

Young children as young as two to five years old may need glasses: Be sure to get an eye exam between ages two and five.

Six to 19 years: One eye exam annually.

20 to 39 years: One eye exam every two to three years.

40 to 64 years: One eye exam every other year.

65+ years: One eye exam annually.

Do I Need to See An Optometrist If I’ve Received Corrective Eye Surgery?

Even though you have received corrective eye surgery and don’t need glasses, your optometrist should still continue to give you regular eye exams. The recommended eye exam schedule will ensure that you catch any potential eye problems early.

Real Eyes Optometry

At Real Eyes Optometry, our Burnaby eye doctors are dedicated to our patients by providing compassionate and courteous care with the highest levels of Optometric service, expertise and clinical knowledge. This year, we were nominated by Small Business BC for the Community Impact Award 2021. Check out our inspiration story explaining why we are focused on providing patient-centered care. Our doctors take the time to ensure every patient understands all aspects of the eye exam, how their eyes work, any treatment options they need, and recommended maintenance tips if they need glasses.

Our vision for our office is to create a welcoming environment while providing comprehensive eye care for you and your family. Whether that’s coming in for an eye examination, pre/post-op laser surgery appointments, orthokeratology follow-ups, or purchasing glasses & contact lenses, Real Eyes Optometry is here for you.

Our state-of-the-art machines are constantly updated so we can provide the comprehensive eye care you need while helping you understand the health and anatomy of your own eyes. That means you won’t have to take multiple trips to see different doctors and specialists.

We will help our patients find a great pair of glasses or contact lenses that suits each individual’s style and needs. Whether you need eyeglasses, sunglasses, or contact lenses, we are your one-stop shop for quality products and expert eye care. Come visit us at Metrotown Mall, located on the Office Galleria level.

What to do about Digital Eye Strain 2020

Do I have Digital Eye Strain (Computer Vision Syndrome)?

Now that many of us are practicing self-isolating, social distancing, and working from home, we find ourselves at home using tablets, computers, and our mobile devices at higher rates. With this comes increased rates of digital eye strain and visual discomfort, also known as Computer Vision Syndrome.

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Symptoms of Digital Eye Strain

Computer Vision Syndrome or Digital Eye Strain causes dry eyes, headaches in the temporal and/or frontal area of the head, and/or blurred vision at near and in the distance.

Digital Eye Strain: Why do my eyes hurt?

Using a computer, tablet and cellphone screen is a visually demanding task for your eyes. This is due to reduced contrast sensitivity of letters to the screens background, increased glare from screens, letters not being precise and as sharply defined off of screens versus paper, reduced blinking with near work, and increased time focusing at near or intermediate distances which causes us to overwork our focusing system (accommodation ability). This is called Digital Eye Strain, or Computer Eye Syndrome

How long does Computer Eye Syndrome or Digital Eye Strain Last

Computer Eye Syndrome is caused by the length of time you spend on digital devices. The longer you are viewing digital screens, the more likely you are to experience symptoms of computer vision syndrome and it can also worsen your symptoms. Several hours spent in front of the screen can cause 1 hour+ of eye strain. If you spent less than several hours on a device, your symptoms should last 10-20 minutes. This will also vary depending on each person’s situation. Please contact us for an appointment if your eye strain continues.

What do I do if I have Computer Vision Syndrome

There are several treatment options for Computer Vision Syndrome. A combination of one or more of these treatments can be beneficial. These include: 

20/20/20 Visual Hygiene Rule: This is the easiest solution to implement and does not cost anything. Every 20 minutes of near or intermediate work, look 20 feet (about 6 meters) away for 20 seconds. This helps relax your focusing system (accommodation system).

Use Blue Blocker Lenses: These lenses will block a certain range of wavelengths of blue light being emitted off of the computer, tablet, and cell phone screens. Blue blocker lenses can help reduce eye strain experienced from reduced contrast sensitivity off of screens.  For more info on blue blocker, lenses check out our article here.

Anti-fatigue Lenses: These lenses have a small amount of ADD (plus prescription) to help reduce strain on the focusing system. They can help when patients have an underlying condition of accommodative insufficiency (near focusing difficulty). 

Working Distance: Maintaining an appropriate working distance with near work helps to reduce how much your eyes need to focus with near activities. Your near viewing distance should be at least 40cm away from your eyes or further to reduce the load on your focusing system (accommodation system). 

Preservative-free artificial tears: Reduced blinking with near work is a habitual response of your eyes with prolonged near work. This can increase the dryness in your eyes. Symptoms of dryness include burning, stinging, pain, redness, and foreign body sensation (feeling like something is in your eyes). Using a preservative-free artificial tear 2-6x/day can help alleviate symptoms of dryness. We recommend I Pure Artificial tears. 

Vision therapy: Vision therapy is a program of eye exercises designed to treat underlying accommodative insufficiency  (inability of the eyes to sustain focus at near for extended periods of time), saccadic dysfunction (which is insufficient or inaccurate visual tracking eye movements required in reading or copying) and other binocular vision issues with the eyes. We do offer Vision Therapy at our clinic. Consultations with our Optometrists can be arranged by calling our office directly. 

Ergonomics: correct sitting posture on the computer is also important and will reduce eye strain.

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