Has it been a while since your eyes have been checked? Even if you think you’re seeing well enough, you may be due for an eye exam. Read on to learn if it’s time to schedule your next eye care appointment.

It’s Been More Than A Year Since Your Last Eye Exam

Your vision changes from one month to the next. Depending on how you use your eyes, your eyesight can alter drastically within the course of a year. For example, your nearsightedness or farsightedness could have changed dramatically these past 12 months, which means that your current prescription glasses or contact lenses may not be adequate for you anymore. It’s also possible that your eyesight hasn’t changed much in terms of myopia (nearsightedness) or hyperopia (farsightedness), but your vision is still impaired due to a change in the level of astigmatism present in one or both eyes. Much can change in a year; if it’s been that long, or longer, since your last eye exam, it’s time to schedule an appointment.

Your Long-distance Vision Isn’t What It Used To Be

Are you having trouble reading road signs as you drive? What about the television — is the image blurry? If you’re straining to clearly see things that are far away, it could be that either your nearsightedness or your astigmatism has worsened (or both have progressed). Or something else could be going on with your eyes. A comprehensive eye test will uncover the reason that you’re finding it challenging to see or read things that are far off in the distance, when others around you can see them just fine.

You’re Having Trouble Reading Up Close

Is it hard to read the fine print of your novel? Are you finding it a challenge to focus on the words of your computer screen or smartphone? It could be that your farsightedness has progressed, or your astigmatism has worsened, or something else could be going on. An exam at an eye care center will uncover the problem and get you the correct prescription contact lenses or glasses for you!

You Experience Frequent Headaches Or Eye Strain

If your eyesight has been normal for many years but suddenly you’re finding yourself experiencing an increased number of headaches or a higher incidence of eye strain, it could be that your vision is changing. You may be getting headaches because you’re working harder to see what you used to be able to see easily. It’s the same with eye strain; if you notice an increase in the frequency of eye strain, your vision may have changed, and your eyes are working harder to try to compensate for your reduced visual acuity. Make an appointment with an eye clinic near you to find out what’s causing your increased number of headaches or onset of eye-strain symptoms; the remedy could be as simple as getting your first prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses.

Your Vision Is Impaired In Any Way

Do you notice any of the following symptoms that are impairing your eyesight?

  • Spontaneous flashes of light
  • Floating specks or dark spots
  • Halos around light sources
  • Double vision
  • Hazy or blurred vision of any type
  • Strong sensitivity to glare (or light in general)
  • Faded color perception
  • Difficulty seeing at night, particularly when driving

Any recent changes in your vision calls for scheduling an eye care exam at your earliest convenience.

You Can’t Remember When You Last Had An Eye Exam

If you have no idea when you last had an appointment with an eye doctor, it’s probably time to schedule one. An optometrist or an ophthalmologist can check not only your vision clarity, but also the overall health of your eyes. Keeping your eyes healthy is important for maintaining clear vision and enjoying good eyesight as you grow older.

If you have children, it’s important to get their eyes screened annually. Young kids may not be able to verbalize the fact that they’re having difficulties seeing clearly. They may not even be aware that there’s a problem with their eyesight; they may think that squinting to see the chalkboard at school or having the letters in their textbook swim around is normal (it isn’t). To detect and correct any vision issues, make sure your children get eye exams each year.

Eye Exams In The Greater Colorado Springs Region

Schedule your annual visual exam with Spectrum Eye Care in Colorado Springs. We will perform a thorough eye exam and fit you with the right pair of glasses or contacts to get you seeing clearly once again! We care about the health of your eyes, and we’ll check for any issues that may be present so that you can get the treatment you need and see the world with the greatest clarity possible. Get in touch with our Colorado Springs eye care center today!