3 Signs You Need New Glasses

One of the most common questions we hear on a daily basis is, “Do I need new glasses?” The answer isn’t usually a clear-cut “yes” or “no.”

That’s because while patients’ prescriptions may change slightly over time, they still may have 20/25 or 20/30 vision, which is considered quite good. It’s possible that their vision can be corrected to 20/20 with a new pair of glasses. However, the difference between seeing 20/25 or 20/30 and 20/20 on an eye chart is very small.

What matters most is how a patient feels about their vision in the real world. If they are very comfortable and are not having any problems seeing both near and far objects while going about their daily activities, then new glasses may not be necessary.

There are three clear-cut scenarios when new glasses with an updated prescription will be recommended, however. New prescription eyeglasses are always recommended if:

1> A patient’s eyesight puts them in danger of not being able to safely and legally drive anymore.

2> Vision loss is putting a patient at risk of bumping into objects, tripping, or falling.

3> A patient is having more difficulties doing everyday activities, such as reading, watching TV, working, or driving.

In addition, there are signs that are always worth paying attention to and which may indicate it’s time for a new pair of eyeglasses. Vision typically changes subtly over time, and often patients don’t realize they’re not seeing as clearly with their glasses as they once were. So if you’ve had the same pair of glasses for a few years, the following symptoms may mean it’s time for a new prescription:

  • Headaches
  • Eye fatigue
  • Squinting
  • Blurry vision
  • Double vision

It’s important to visit your ophthalmologist for an eye exam every year to detect any changes in your vision that may make it necessary to get a new prescription. In addition, annual eye exams can detect many diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, cataracts, glaucoma, and macular degeneration. Maintaining a schedule of annual comprehensive eye exams is one of the most proactive steps you can take for your overall health and well-being, as well as your vision.

With two locations at 7800 Conner Road in Powell and 744 Middle Creek Road, Suite 200 in Sevierville, East Tennessee Eye Surgeons delivers the highest quality eye care in an exceptional setting. Visit our website to learn more about us, or call us at 865-546-1464 (Powell) or 865-908-7008 (Sevierville).