The fact that you’ve found your way to this blog post itself shows that you’ve probably been suspecting the need to buy reading glasses for yourself. The need for corrective lenses like a simple pair of reading glasses can sometimes be all that you need to see objects up-close clearly. It’s not just text being blurry when you read but your eyes can often work extra hard to make sure you see what you need to.
In modern life, there are so many things around you that inflict stress on your eyes, such as televisions, computer screens, smartphones, and even books in that case. The more you are exposed to the daily routine involving one of the above, the more chances you have in developing one or more of the signs that say you need reading glasses.
Accepting the fact that your eyesight is not as sharp as it used to be can be a little too dramatic change for you owing to the addition of glasses in your life. But that definitely doesn’t mean you ignore signs such as constant headaches and eye pain, since that would only worsen your vision even further. While the most obvious symptom can be the blurry vision, here are other surprising clues you might be overlooking so far.
So before you go ahead and book an appointment with an optometrist, here are 6 possible signals that you may be requiring a pair of quality reading glasses.
1) You have a Blurry Vision
If you no longer recognize your favorite magazine from your bookshelf that is 10 steps away or experience fuzzy vision when you try reading them up close, you may be developing an eye power. It can either be nearsightedness or farsightedness. When you have a difficulty to view the objects both near and far, then the condition is called as astigmatism, which involves a curvature of your cornea (eye lens).
Coco Leni recommends you to rest your eyes, give it frequent breaks and stay hydrated to avoid mild blurriness. In Spite of doing these, if your blurry vision still persists, it’s time for you to get an eye test and go for a pair of reading glasses that give you clearer vision. No time to go to an optometrist for a eye check up? Try out our Free Online Eye Test and check the strength of your vision.
2) You’ve got Focus Problems
Who would have thought that the way you hold your kindle or a book can be one of the most striking signs that your eyesight is not at its fullest? Studies say that the muscles in our eyes work the hardest when we focus on the objects closer to it. Subconsciously, you may feel it’s normal to keep changing your postures while reading just to get to see the text more clearly. You may think it results in only a pain in your shoulder muscles, but the fault is in your eyesight too. If you cannot read your book comfortably while holding it at an arm’s length, then it is definitely one of the most telling signs that you need reading glasses sooner.
Sometimes, even if you skip lines when you read or lose the point where you were reading , you may have a condition called strabismus. In such cases, a consultation with your ophthalmologist is essential before you decide anything. But in other cases, where you use your finger to point while reading, it can be a sign of lazy eye. This problem can be corrected with reading glasses that help your eye lens focus on objects.
3) You feel sleepy looking at computers
Way too many of us spend a lot of time looking at computer screens and putting our eyes under constant strain, while at work or home. Your eyes work very hard during those times to adjust to the different kinds of texts and white lights that change as per the background. This constant strain on your eyes create fatigue in the muscles around your eyes and often makes you feel sleepy. Many a times, it also results in prolonged headaches which we will be discussing about as the next sign for getting reading glasses. The tiredness may even develop into discomfort and pain on a later stage.
So the next time, you feel like snoozing over your laptop or tablet at work, don’t reach out for your ‘N’th number of coffee. Instead reach out to an optician near you and get your eyes checked for reading glasses.
Coco Leni has an extensive range of Workplace prescription glasses or what we call as the computer glasses colloquially. So, in order to make the best of your working environment invest in the best eyewear on offer.
4) You experience frequent headaches
Well this sign shouldn’t be something new that you’re hearing of. Every adult advises their kids to go for an eye checkup and get reading glasses, if they experience frequent headaches while learning from books or screens. They are not completely wrong. Though there might be an ocean of causes for your headache, an eye strain or weaker eyesight still stand to be the most common cause.
Straining your eyes from working with very less breaks can also make you more vulnerable to headaches or worsen the current case. Such problems usually arise due to continuously having to focus or concentrate on something and can be very much corrected with an extra pair of lenses like reading glasses.
Even after getting glasses, it is necessary that you give enough amount of break and rest for your eyes. Doctors around the world recommend the 20-20-20 rule — every 20 minutes, look at something at least 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
5) You need brighter light when reading
If you never seem to have enough light, regardless of the room type or the number of lamps you have turned on, it may be your time to get the reading glasses on. This becomes more prevalent as you age but don’t you stress because it’s a normal condition. Studies prove that the average 60-year-old needs at least three times the amount of light as a 20-year-old.
As you get older, you need more and more light to read. Needing a brighter light to read is just a part of getting older, but it’s also a sign that your eyes need a little help to focus on the small text in a book.
DISCLAIMER: None of the above serve as an official diagnosis. It definitely cannot tell you what prescription you need exactly for your condition. A consultation with your optician or ophthalmologist is advisable.
All of these signs listed above can help you tell whether or not it’s worth your time and money in invest in a good set of reading glasses. Or better yet, these symptoms can at least tell you if you need to go to an optician for eye checkup. It’s always a good practice to schedule regular appointments with an optometrist if you experience any problem or uneasiness, even if you aren’t due for a visit.
Also, don’t be afraid for a change. Even finding glasses can be a fun and a personalized experience that is unique to the wearer. Coco Leni offers the perfect eye frames that are custom-made as per the alignment of your eyes with the frames. You also get to choose between a variety of branded lenses for your eyeglasses that are shatterproof and scratch-resistant.
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