4 Signs Your Eyesight Has Changed

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Though we strongly recommend that you get your eyes checked regularly, many people go several years between exams. This works out in some cases, but for many others, easily corrected changes in their eyesight go unaddressed, unnecessarily affecting their quality of life.

Regardless of when you last visited an optometrist, it is important to pay attention to your eyes and get help when you think a change has occurred. Here are 4 of the most common signs that your eyesight has changed.

Blurriness

Blurriness is perhaps the most obvious sign of change. If you find yourself moving around to try to more clearly see a book or screen, this may be a sign of fatigue or dry eyes, but there is also a good chance that your current glasses or contacts just aren’t cutting it anymore.

Halos

An increase in halos, glares, or problems with night vision is reason enough to get in to see your optometrist. There are many potential causes, including cataracts, nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism, but in every case, you aren’t seeing as well as you could with professional help.

Eye Strain

Most everyone experiences eye strain on occasion due to lack of sleep, illness, or another issue, but when it becomes a consistent problem without a clear cause, you have likely experienced a change in vision. If you are dealing with eye strain, start paying attention to what you’re having to do throughout the day to see. There’s a good chance you’ll catch yourself squinting.

Headaches

Along with eye strain, a change in vision can result in a noticeable increase in the frequency of your headaches. Headaches can be one of the earliest signs that you should get your eyes checked, even before you are able to easily perceive that you aren’t seeing things as clearly as you did before.

None of these signs of change are comfortable. Regular eye exams will allow your optometrist to catch problems early on, reducing the intensity and duration of your discomfort.

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