As we get older, plenty of changes happen, be they for better or worse. Perhaps you can’t sleep in as you used to (especially if your children — or dogs — decide that the crack of dawn is the perfect wake-up time), or you feel tired more easily. No matter what, however, your eyes are going to betray you, and one day you’ll find that you just can’t read that medicine bottle or see that sign at night very clearly while driving.
Now I’ve been wearing bifocals since before turning 40, so I’m used to it, but Husband on the other hand has just now had to resort to reading glasses. Obviously I’m not used to seeing these glasses laying around the house, either, evidenced by something that happened last week which, let’s face it, probably would only happen to me.
I was getting ready for work and running kind of late. I was super tired but managed to shower, put on some makeup and get out the door on time. I didn’t notice anything strange until after driving to school, walking in the building and sitting down at my desk. It was then I glanced at my door and thought, “That’s strange. I wonder why the Fire and Tornado signs are blurry.” In fact, everything besides what was right in front of me was, indeed, blurry. “What in the heck is wrong with my glasses?” I thought as I took them off and looked long and hard at them.
It took a good minute or two for me to realize that I wasn’t holding my Rayban bifocals but instead my husband’s $5.99 reading glasses from Walmart.
In true Paula fashion, I have to admit that I was too lazy to drive home during my open period to switch them out, so I just wore my husband’s glasses the entire school day, which was kind of weird since I could only really see with them when I was reading or doing something up close. In fact, I looked for them for about three minutes during my yearbook class and announced to the students, “Great! What the heck did I do with those glasses? First I wore them to school and now I’ve set them down somewhere and lost them!” Still looking under piles on my desk and around the room, a sweet student finally spoke up. “Um, Mrs. Reece? Are you talking about the glasses that are on your face?”
I reached up and touched my face and sure enough, there they were.
“Yes. Yes I was,” I answered.
So if you’ve reached a “certain age” or just think maybe your eyesight is changing, here are three signs that you need to start wearing glasses!
1. You’ve started getting headaches.
Headaches can have numerous causes. Personally, dogs getting up in the night or peeing constantly on the floor are a huge trigger. However, if you’ve noticed that you are heaving more headaches than usual or are experiencing pains around your eyes – you may need to wear glasses. If your vision is unclear, you will attempt to ‘strain’ your eyes to see better – and straining causes painful headaches – which can easily be solved by getting your hands on a pair of eyeglasses.
2. Dry or irritated eyes
Dry and otherwise irritated eyes can be quite painful. Therefore you must address any issues promptly. Though you can purchase numerous eye drops over the counter that help combat this issue, you should also consult an optometrist who can give further advice, which may include getting glasses. Thankfully, getting hold of a pair of quality glasses for a reasonable price has never been easier.
3. Blurred vision
This might seem obvious, but blurred vision is a key indicator that it’s time to get your hands on a pair of glasses. You may not notice the change at first, as it will likely be subtle – but it is essential you pay close attention to how clearly you can see the world around you. This is also particularly important if you are often behind the wheel, as poor vision can lead to accidents very quickly. Pay attention to how your sight differs at night, and discuss any changes with your optician.
As mentioned previously, loss of vision is usually gradual. However, if you notice a sudden and distinct change in your eyesight, you should seek assistance promptly, especially if you have been involved in some kind of accident.
I need glasses, what now?
If it turns out that you do need glasses – don’t despair. In fact, you’ll be surprised about the impact they have on your life, and will find your day-to-day activities much easier once you’ve bought them. You’ll have less frequent headaches and will likely feel much more positive, too.
Many people worry about getting glasses as they think they will look bad. However, this is simply no longer the case. There are thousands of different designs available, in numerous shades and styles – so you can be sure to find the perfect pair for your face and style. In fact, you may even want to get your hands on several pairs so that you can change them up each day.
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