Either because of heredity or age, sixty percent of Americans wear glasses or contacts to correct their vision. Others prefer to save 20/20 vision by ignoring warning signs, passing up an eye exam. The latter is not wise. If eyesight isn’t as sharp as it was previously, there are warning signs to help decipher the dilemma. If these problems match current eye issues, contact an eye doctor immediately.

Blurred Vision

When once-clear vision becomes fuzzy, it’s not always a warning. Clear vision allows people to see far away and up close. Blurry vision comes from dry and un-rested eyes. When eyes can’t see far or near, the results are nearsightedness or farsightedness. Astigmatism comes from trouble seeing near and far. An eye exam is mandatory when blurry vision doesn’t leave.

Squinting

The same fuzzy vision forces people to adjust just to read the information. People adjust their eyesight by squinting. This process makes reading information better at the expense of eye health. Squinting isn’t a one-time thing for eyesight problems. It’s a continuous dependence required for seeing the outdoors, road signs, items inside the home, grocery shopping, movie watching, and much more.

Headaches

An unusual side effect of squinting or blurry vision is headaches. Headaches come from eye strain. Besides squinting, eye strain originates from staring at the computer, phone, and tablet screens. While headaches from tech eyestrain are reversible by resting the eye, squinting or blurry vision headaches cannot.

Night to Light Adjustment

Eyes going back and forth between night and light are easy thanks to the iris muscles contracting and expanding accordingly. If it takes longer to adjust, chalk it up to age. Eyes naturally age as people age, so our once-sharp vision will weaken.

Poor Night Vision

Nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism remain the same in daylight and nightlight. However, if night vision is problematic, the culprit is cataracts. It’s possible to have cataracts on top of current vision problems, but it manifests without prior vision problems too. Cataracts are hereditary.

An eye doctor will discover the problems through tests, charts, and answers to questions. The results from the exam will lead to the correct lenses or contacts to bring once-good eyesight back to normal. Don’t take eyesight for granted. Preserve eyesight by listening to the warning signs and scheduling an eye exam.