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Don’t feel guilty if this is the case, but you might be overdue for a visit to the eye doctor. Although it might seem like your glasses have been doing their job, the fact of the matter is that our eyes consistently change as we age. Prescriptions that are over a year old need to be re-evaluated for any shifts that your eyes have gone through in the past twelve months. So, whether or not you feel that your eyes no longer match your prescription, the amount of time is an indicator that it is time to visit the eye doctor. What are some other signs that it's time to update your eye prescription? Here are three common red flags to keep an eye out for – pun intended.
Headaches are one of the earliest and most common warning signs that it's time to update your eye prescription. Before you might even realize it yourself, your brain recognizes very early on that your vision is shifting and will try to overcompensate for the change. Unfortunately, when your brain begins to work in overdrive, this can cause strain and lead to frequent headaches. These headaches are nothing to be taken lightly, and in the end, pain reliever and extra rest can only do so much. So, if you are developing headaches that you can't seem to kick, it's time to see your eye doctor and get the new prescription you need.
Eye fatigue is another warning sign that you might need a new prescription. Eye fatigue occurs when your eyes strain too hard to decipher the objects in front of you. Like your brain, your eyes can also overcompensate for the lack of a current prescription and become fatigued. Because a majority of us look at computer and smartphone screens frequently, eye strain can be made worse by the common tech we use every day. While taking breaks from screens is a good strategy for combatting eye fatigue, it will not solve the problem entirely if you need to address your poor eyesight with a new prescription.
While you might not link headaches and eye strain to the need for a new prescription, blurry vision is an obvious indicator that your vision has shifted significantly or is beginning to do so. Blurry vision can cause you to miss out on important details and even lead to precarious situations. Whether the change is severe or subtle, it's a problem that can be easily fixed with an eye doctor's help. Your doctor can run tests on both your eyes to determine the changes they have undergone since your last visit. Your doctor can also determine if the blurriness of vision is attached to a larger problem, such as a medical condition, like cataracts, that requires further attention.