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When to Get Your Eye Prescription Updated by an Optometrist

Almost everyone in their life experiences some type of vision issue. Your vision is an important sense necessary for daily tasks from deskwork to driving. Taking care of your eyesight is essential, even if you are not experiencing noticeable changes. Yet if you do experience noticeable changes with your vision, you’ll have even more motivation to update your eye prescription for glasses, and if applicable, contact lenses.

Changes in eyesight usually happen gradually, which is why you may not notice them right away. Patients that have had the same glasses for years often don’t notice subtle changes to vision. It is particularly important to schedule an annual appointment with your optometrist if your family has a history of vision issues or eye disease. Here are a few symptoms that can signify needing a new prescription.

 

1. Headaches

Not many people realize the connection that the eyesight has to certain headaches. Recurring headaches can be due to a change in vision, especially if your primary care physician has ruled out migraines, tension, sinus, and malignant causes. The mind works to decipher information displayed as an image; it can register a problem with eyesight before we can.  Unbalanced and unfocused vision, and eye teaming problems can underlie headaches. Schedule an appointment with your optometrist to learn whether your vision is at the root of reoccurring headaches.

 

2. Squinting

Squinting to see clearer usually indicates that eyeglasses or contact lenses would help. Most of the time people aren’t aware that they are squinting until their eyes or head starts to hurt. Although it helps you see better, squinting causes fatigue and may even worsen facial wrinkles.  If you find yourself squinting, it may indicate it is time for an updated prescription.

 
 
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3. Eye Fatigue

Eye fatigue or eye strain describes when your eyes feel tired after intense use. Symptoms of eye strain include sore, tired eyes, headaches, light sensitivity, and blurry vision. There are many causes related to eye strain like the extended use of digital devices or continuous reading. If your vision seems fine, but you continue to suffer from eye fatigue, we recommend scheduling an appointment with your doctor. Remember, uncorrected vision is also a leading cause of eye fatigue. If these symptoms sound familiar, it might be time to upgrade your eyeglass prescription.

 

4. Blurred Vision

Blurred vision might be an obvious indicator that you need a new eye prescription.  Your optometrist can determine if glasses, contact lenses, or surgery can help. Some symptoms include sudden or occasional loss of focus. Blurry vision can occur in one or both eyes. A new prescription with additional testing by your optometrist can help.

 

Visiting Your Optometrist

Getting an updated prescription can help with clear vision and overall well-being. ReVision Optometry is a San Diego based eye clinic that provides personalized and comprehensive eye care. If you need an updated prescription, our team can help. Contact us today to book your appointment.

 

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