Signs It’s Time to Get Corrective Eyewear By Gordon Wong, OD on February 02, 2021

blurry eye chart Vision impairment can significantly impact a person’s daily life and the ability to perform routine tasks with comfort and ease. Fortunately, there is a wide range of solutions for compromised vision. Laser vision surgery, contact lenses, and designer eyewear offer vision correction to restore clear eyesight.

Although corrective eyewear is readily available, many people hesitate to seek the help they need. Often that is because they are not recognizing the signs it’s time to get corrective eyewear. Optometrists from GW Eye Associates help individuals from La Jolla, CA, Carmel Valley, CA, and San Diego, CA, discern when their body is telling them to schedule an eye exam and vision test.

Frequent Headaches

One of the first signs that it may be time to get corrective eyewear is headaches. The brain recognizes when the vision is changing, and when the eyes are working harder to focus light and images. As the eyes work harder, the brain also goes into overdrive. Fatigue and strain of the eyes is likely to result in pain behind the eyes and across the head. If someone notices that they are suffering headaches on a frequent basis, it is a good idea to have the eyes examined and consider prescription lenses.

Eye Fatigue

As the eyes change and the vision becomes compromised, the eyes have to work harder to take in light and focus images. Even though the eyes are having to put in extra effort, people may not realize that their vision is strained. However, they are likely to notice that the eyes feel tired or fatigued. Eye fatigue may present itself as dry eyes, increased sensitivity to lights, or just the constant desire to rub the eyes or close them and give them a rest. Persistent eye fatigue is a good sign that the vision is changing.


If someone is having a hard time making out text or seeing something across the room, they are likely to squint. Over time, squinting may become a regular and subconscious habit. Squinting can help clear the vision to an extent, but it definitely is not a permanent solution. If squinting is the only way to focus on an object, it’s probably time to look into glasses or contact lenses.

Blurry Vision

A tell-tale sign that it’s time to look into corrective eyewear is blurry vision. However, people should understand that vision changes may not be consistent at first. Even if blurry vision comes and goes, it is a sign that the eyes are changing and prescription lenses are likely necessary to allow the eyes to focus clearly.

An Old Vision Prescription

It should be noted that, just because someone already has corrective eyewear, that doesn’t mean they couldn’t benefit from a new pair. The eyes continue to change as they age, and vision prescriptions may need frequent adjustment. Anyone who has had a pair of prescription lenses for a year or more should have the eyes examined to ensure their prescription is still effective, especially if they are experiencing any of the abovementioned symptoms.

Schedule an Appointment

If you are suffering from headaches, eye fatigue, or changes in vision, it is time to schedule a comprehensive eye exam. To make an appointment with the optometrists at GW Eye Associates, contact us online or call (858) 454-4699 at your earliest convenience.

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Our team at GW Eye Associates in La Jolla and Del Mar can provide a wide range of high-quality eye care services. Dr. Gordon G. Wong and Dr. Wildon C. Wong have over 45 years of combined experience and belong to several prestigious organizations, including:

  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American Optometric Association

For more information about our services, contact our office online or call us at (858) 454-4699 today.

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