Starting to squint? Having trouble seeing objects at a distance? Welcome to the club. A majority of people don’t have that perfect 20/20 vision anymore (or never had it to begin with). If you are still questioning whether or not adding prescription glasses to your swag is necessary, we’re here to help. Below is a breakdown of all the signs that may have been nudging you to make the move.
Signs You Need RX Glasses
1. You can’t see up close.
If you squint to read what’s on your phone or a restaurant menu (a common occurrence for people over 40), you may have presbyopia. While reading glasses suffice for up-close tasks (like reading a menu), progressive lenses help you to see near and far.
2. You struggle to see far away.
If you’re having difficulty seeing objects at a distance, you may be nearsighted. Also called myopia, nearsightedness is the most common cause of impaired vision in people under 40. Remedies include high-index lenses (for thinner, lighter glasses) and lenses with anti-reflective coating.
3. You need brighter light to see.
Having trouble reading while you’re out and about? Schedule an eye exam to find out why, and which types of eyeglass lenses might be best for your needs.
4. You have trouble seeing at night.
Night blindness (nyctalopia) affects millions of Americans. Prescription glasses with anti-reflective coating help you feel safer driving after dark.
5. Your vision is cloudy.
Blurry vision can be caused by any number of eye problems, including presbyopia and cataracts. If it's not related to cataracts, prescription glasses can help.
6. Your eyes hurt from staring at screens.
Staring at a screen for hours (at work and/or home) can cause headaches and eye fatigue. The cure for computer vision syndrome (a.k.a. digital eye strain) is often computer glasses; they help focus intermediate vision, which is the distance between your face and a monitor. They're also designed to block or filter blue light, making it easier to sleep after a long day staring at screens.
What Is A Prescription For Glasses?
All About Vision explains that an eyeglass prescription includes the lens power required to correct your specific refractive error—be it myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) and/or astigmatism. The numbers on your eyeglass prescription relate to the shape of your eyes and strength of your vision. They can also help you figure out whether you have nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism—and to what degree.
Why Do I Need A Prescription For Glasses?
The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) in San Francisco, CA, recommends two types of eyeglasses that require prescriptions to enhance your vision overall. Single-vision glasses have all-purpose lenses to help you see either close up or far away. These lenses also take the form of reading glasses for those who experience a loss of near vision with age (known as presbyopia). "Readers" can be purchased over the counter at drugstores, bookstores and at other retail stores. You can also get a prescription for reading glasses from your eye care provider. Multifocal glasses correct both near and distance vision, all within the same lens; one portion is focused for distance vision, while the other applies to up-close activities such as reading.
Aside from eyeglasses, prescription eyewear has become increasingly popular as well, says MissRx, a health-centric blog. “Imagine this summertime scenario: You’re sunning yourself by the pool. Your text chime goes off, and you can tell it’s work-related. You jump out of your comfortable position and fumble through your belongings, looking for your phone. Once you find it, you can’t read the message anyway, because you’re not wearing prescription eyeglasses. Eventually, you get the prescription eyeglasses tucked under your sunglasses, and although you look ridiculous, you manage to read and reply to the important message.” Prescription sunglasses solve the problem, in that they shield your eyes from UV rays while letting you read books, magazines, text messages and emails.
Here at Blenders Eyewear, we want you to keep everything in focus even as you live forward, and that’s why we offer a comprehensive array of prescription eyeglasses, reading glasses and sunglasses. We’ve taken our quintessential eye-opening style and brought it to the world of prescription glasses, with pink, blue, amber, and smoke mirrored lens options set in frames carefully curated from our best-selling collections. It’s time for you to live forward and live focused.