Check Up : Does he need glasses?

April 04, 2017

Mark asks Check Up what are the definite signs which tell a person they need to wear glasses outside of the obvious problems of cataracts, glaucoma or injury?

Sometimes he has to focus hard to read some signposts, but he doesn't want to become dependent on glasses.

Many people go for years with eye strain and squinting before they finally decide that they need to wear corrective lenses. This is especially so in people over the age of 40.

Eye changes can be subtle and although a person may see 'okay', they may be straining to see adequately.

If you suffer from frequent headaches, neck aches, or squint frequently, then you are trying too hard to focus your eyes; you need tested eyeglasses.

The only definitive way to know if you need eyeglasses is if an eye consultant is seen and eye tests are done. However, some helpful signs are:

- Blurred near vision (need for reading glasses as we age).

- Poor distance vision (nearsightedness).

- Difficulty seeing both near and distant objects (astigmatism).

- Poor night vision.

- Difficulty adjusting from dark to light conditions.

- Difficulty reading or working at a computer.

- Frequent headaches.

- Double vision.

- Eye strain.

- Seeing halos around objects.

A few occupations also require protective eyewear, including:

- Carpenters

- Plumbers

- Machinists

- Labourers

Hope this helps, Mark!

Other Lifestyle Stories