Have you got a pair of glasses that you love too much to part your ways with? Do people know you by your glasses? It’s understandable that you’ve had this pair of spectacles since forever now and do not wish to let go of it. As tough as this might sound, it is unhealthy and must be doing more damage than good to your eyes.
So how do you know it is time to let go of your spectacles and get a new pair? We list our top five signs you can watch out for.
1 Outdated Prescription
This sign is not *just* a sign. It is basically screaming at you to change that pair of prescription glasses before it hits its second anniversary. You may not believe this, but like everything and everyone else, glasses too have dates – the worst kind – i.e; expiration dates.
We’ve said this before, we’ll reiterate it – get an eye examination done every year. A comprehensive one. As you grow older, your eyes go through adjustments and changes and it is needless to say that sticking to glasses that aren’t helping you with those adjustments is a wrong move. You may think your glasses are working fine, there’s neither blurry vision nor watery eyes, but something as tiny as wearing the same glasses for years at a stretch can harm your eyes in the long run. Check your calendar, and then check your eyes!
2 Eye Strain
Spending hours on end in front of our digital devices puts a strain on our eyes, but do you know what else can cause this strain? Yes, that’s right. Not changing your glasses! You can install as many apps on your phone to give your eyes rest or take up eye exercises, but if you don’t change your prescription glasses in a timely manner, all these efforts are useless. Cold tea bags, limiting screen time, blinking eyes often may help, but if the strain is too stubborn to leave, head to your eye doctor before it is late.
An easy solution to avoid blurry vision, or strong, bright light disrupting your view, is squinting but it certainly is a bad move. Individuals who resort to squinting may eventually suffer from long hours of headache and eye fatigue. Most people associate squinting with dehydration, lack of proper sleep, or hunger before they realize it is almost because of an outdated eyewear prescription. So, now you know if you have been squinting your eyes to see clearly, it is time to get that eye exam done and update your prescription.
Headaches are the first and foremost sign usually in people who wear outdated prescription glasses. The visuals you see while wearing your glasses directly reaches your brain, and the brain is the first to recognize if there’s anything amiss with your vision, thereby compensating for change by forceful effort. This causes the brain to get tired and headaches become an unwelcome, yet frequent guest in your day-to-day life. Sure, popping a painkiller or resting your eyes for a bit may offer temporary relief but if the headache persists, it is recommended that you visit your eye doctor to get your prescription of the glasses updated.
5 Worn Out Glasses
Lastly, you might think scratches, bends, scuffs are an inevitable part of owning a pair of spectacles, but this could be affecting your vision in ways you never thought. Read here to get to know about how to care for your eyewear. Using unclean eyewear can cause eye strain, your best bet would be to get the next glasses that are glare, scratch, and smudge resistant to give you the clearest vision possible. Moreover, if you’re the opposite kind and are obsessively cleaning your glasses very often, the special coating that comes with your lenses can break down over time. This could leave a stain-like film on your lens rendering it blurry. Avoid this!
If you’ve experienced any of these five signs, it’s time to update your eye prescription!