Correcting and Clarifying Your Vision: An Optometry Blog

Is It Time to Get New Prescription Eyeglasses?

by Troy Simmmons

Prescription eyeglasses are not just a convenience; they can keep you safe while driving, help you avoid household accidents, and keep your vision healthy over the years. Note a few signs that it may be time to get new prescription eyeglasses or to upgrade and replace the pair you have currently.

There have been household accidents

Household accidents such as tripping, falls, bumping into things, and even accidents during food prep may be the fault of poor vision. When your vision is blurry, you may also have very poor depth perception, sometimes without even being aware of this problem. You may subconsciously misjudge stairs or something you're holding in your hands while in the kitchen, or may not clearly focus on furniture legs and other obstructions. In turn, you may always be bumping into corners, tripping while walking up and down steps or even cutting yourself while preparing food. Having your vision checked and getting new glasses can keep you safe.

The weather is bothering your eyes

If you notice that you seem to squint more than usual during summertime or that your eyes are especially bothered by the cold in wintertime, you may want to consider new prescription glasses. Your eyes may have changed physically over the years so that they're not lubricating themselves as they should, making them more sensitive to heat and cold. Weather patterns in your area may have also changed, so that you get more bright sunlight in summer or colder air in winter. Thicker lenses that automatically darken in the sun can protect your eyes from the elements, keeping them healthy and allowing them to adjust and function properly.

You're not a kid anymore

Everyone, even children, should have their eyes examined regularly to check for potential eye diseases and other such conditions. However, as you get older, it becomes even more important to have your eyes checked regularly; the shape of eyes change over the years and this is often what causes problems with focus, blurred vision and the like. The older you get, the more your eyes may have changed and the more your vision may be affected. Rather than waiting for a car accident to occur because you couldn't judge depth, or dealing with headaches and dry eyes that may be the result of your eyes trying to focus all day, schedule an exam as often as recommended by your healthcare professional. He or she can also recommend how often you should have your prescription eyeglasses updated.