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How do I Know if I Need Glasses?

By K T Solis
Updated Mar 03, 2024
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If people need glasses, there are usually warning signs that tell them it's time for an eye exam. These warning signs should be acknowledged in order that vision does not deteriorate even further. The American Optometric Association recommends that children have their first eye exam by age one. They should have one again by the time they turn three years old. The Vision Council of America recommends that everyone undergo an eye exam on an annual basis.

Signs that a person needs glasses include not seeing well at night and having blurry vision. If a person sees floating spots, has difficulty reading, or suffers from tired eyes, these are other warning signs that glasses are needed. People who are unable to see well in daylight or who suffer from frequent headaches, should consider taking a trip to an eye doctor as well. Children who sit too close to the television, hold objects extremely close to the eyes, or experience difficulty seeing the blackboard at school may also need glasses.

People who need glasses fall into one of several categories. For example, some people who need glasses may be nearsighted. This means they see well up close but have problems seeing objects farther away. Those with this particular eye problem may squint or be unable to see the television clearly. They may also have trouble reading the words on signs.

Those who are farsighted experience difficulties seeing objects close by. On the other hand, they can easily see objects situated further away. Farsightedness often causes people to blink excessively.

Astigmatism is a problem with the shape of the eye. People with astigmatism cannot see objects far away or nearby. Such a condition may often cause eyes to water or become fatigued. It may also be difficult for a person to work with computers.

Amblyopia means that a person suffers from a lazy eye. This means that one eye transfers an unclear picture to the brain. As a result, the brain ignores the image, causing one eye to see better than the other. Those with amblyopia may often need to wear an eye patch in order to strengthen the weaker eye.

In order to determine whether a person needs corrective lenses, the eye doctor examines the eyes using a variety of tests. If he determines that the patient needs glasses, he will then prescribe lenses that will enable the patient to see clearly. Some people will only be required to wear glasses to watch television or read, while others are required to wear glasses all the time. Those who do not wish to wear eye glasses have the option of using contact lenses.

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Discussion Comments

By anon995327 — On Apr 20, 2016

I am 12 years old and didn't get a good score on my eye test so they sent me back, but then they didn't say anything. One day I was holding my friend's glasses for her and put them on (for no reason) and noticed I could see book names on a bookshelf better. Are those definite signs I need glasses, or was it eye strain or tiredness?

By anon351431 — On Oct 14, 2013

I keep waking up and the right side of my head really hurts and so does my eye. What does this mean?

By anon341908 — On Jul 16, 2013

If you strain and tear your other muscles to get them better, why do your eyes get hurt if you strain them?

By anon341907 — On Jul 16, 2013

I need glasses, so my parents are going to get me an eye appointment. I am nearsighted and I can't see that far.

By anon334100 — On May 09, 2013

I don't have any problems with my eye, but I can't see distant objects even if they are only a little distance away. I have diabetes also. I'm 22 years old. Even If I'm really nearsighted I choose not to wear glasses anyway, especially not all the time like my doctor told me to just because she's such a strict eye doctor.

The one I see now isn't so strict compared to my other one. I can see fine if it's close enough, though. How often should I wear glasses?

By anon329593 — On Apr 10, 2013

I've been getting headaches every day now right above my eyes. My teacher at school told me I might need glasses.

I also get double vision sometimes. I have an eye appointment tomorrow.

By anon315696 — On Jan 25, 2013

Thanks for this valuable information you have provided in this post. I am looking a Designer spectacles. I have visited a website, but I am confused. Please help me.

By anon311233 — On Dec 30, 2012

I can't see well when I'm tired, or when driving in near dark conditions, I'm almost unable to get my eyes to focus, because of double vision. I use the computer almost all of my free time at home. I'm 41 years old, and I don't sleep nearly enough (three or four hours). I have astigmatism as well. Do I need glasses or Lasik?

By anon310639 — On Dec 25, 2012

I need glasses but the dumb eye doctor keeps giving me +1.00 lenses and that makes my vision worse.

By chivebasil — On Dec 11, 2012

I think that I need glasses to correct my vision, but do I absolutely need to get prescription glasses? They sell reading glasses at the drug store and you just try on a few pairs until your vision gets better. Do these glasses really work? They are so much cheaper.

By Ivan83 — On Dec 11, 2012
Even if you think that you don't need glasses, it is worth it to visit an optometrist and get your eye sight checked out.

I probably went a decade thinking that my eye sight was fine before I finally broke down and got glasses. I couldn't believe how much better I could see once I got the glasses. You get used to things looking blurry and then you start to think that's the way they're supposed to look.

By anon296834 — On Oct 13, 2012

I am 13 years old and I'm reading on the computer, or a book, or even the board in class and I can see the words but I am unable to actually read them and comprehend them until I squint. I am used to it now, but do I need to get an eye exam?

By anon281184 — On Jul 22, 2012

My eyes hurt when I look at things up close and I frequently get head aches. Does this mean I need glasses?

By anon275566 — On Jun 18, 2012

My eyes hurt so much and my head. I'm taking finals and I cannot focus on my work.

By anon263311 — On Apr 23, 2012

I'm 12 and in school when I read for more than 10 minutes, then my eyes start to get tired. They hurt and I don't know why.

Yes, I am on the computer a lot and I don't know if I need to tell my mom to take me to the doctor or not!

By anon261844 — On Apr 17, 2012

My eyes start to hurt so bad from straining all day on the computer and it causes me to feel somewhat dizzy and gives me a faint headache. Is that normal for needing glasses?

By amypollick — On Apr 02, 2012

@anon258483: It could be eye strain, but the only way to know for sure is to visit your optometrist and get your eyes checked. That's the only way you'll know if you need glasses, or just brighter light in your workspace.

By anon258483 — On Apr 02, 2012

I have a one sided headache at the back of my head. This usually increases when I am using the computer or when reading. It increases to a point when it becomes difficult to see. Do I have to wear glasses and which ones?

By anon201889 — On Aug 01, 2011

I'm an 14 old kid and I've been having big problems with my eyes. Vision is mostly dim all the time, and I have a few-second blackouts.

If I wear glasses, I'll get headaches within minutes. I went to a doctor to get my eyes examined and they were in terrible condition.

Electronics badly affect the eye, that's the least I know. I can't even see the tv clearly by sitting two meters away.

By anon181926 — On May 31, 2011

I am an 11 year old girl, can no longer see the tv, or board (i sit in the front row), or pretty much anything else without squinting. I got an eye exam at school and they say i do not need glasses.

My eyes never stop hurting and I'm seeing less and less every day. My mom has waited years now to get my eyes checked for glasses, but she keeps putting it off.

By anon168099 — On Apr 15, 2011

i am in art and it requires focus on funny looking stuff and eye strain. It cause migraines and it is harder to focus. i do not think exercising your eyes is healthy or practical to do. it disrupts my driving and ability to function in classes.

i am attempting to get an eye appointment because of this. if you "work" your eyes, that's not good. You should never have to do that.

By anon137696 — On Dec 28, 2010

I'm a 15 year old girl. When i watch tv or look at the board in class too long my eyes hurt and a headache starts. It takes me a long time to focus on things --like more than 20 seconds.

I have been to the eye doctor but they don't think i need glasses, but i can't read the board in class because i can't squint enough to read everything on there and they go way too fast for me to focus and I'm in the front row. Do i need glasses? How can i rid of the headaches? Anything i can do to focus better?

By anon86608 — On May 25, 2010

I am an 18 year old male and I just started to get into reading but when I read about six pages my eyes started to hurt. then the pain got worse and went into my head. do I need reading glasses? And if I just buy some at the drug store is it easy to pick the right pair? Can I do this without seeing the eye doctor?

By anon62420 — On Jan 26, 2010

I don't wear glasses but I do wear hearing aids and yes they became lazy fast, so I believe the old wives tale. It's probably true for both.

By lokilove — On Jan 18, 2010

Is it true that by getting glasses you're actually making your eyes worse? The article talks about how using an eye patch makes a lazy eye stronger, could you do this being nearsighted? Switch the patch periodically to the other eye of course.

I heard that by not getting the glasses you make your eyes "work" or exercise in a way, which supposedly would make your sight improve over time.

How much of a wives-tale is this?

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