10 Signs You Need Glasses

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12 November 2014

It is estimated that 62% of adults in the UK wear spectacles. Visual problems come in many different forms and you’ll be surprised at the different symptoms which could indicate the need for glasses or even an upgrade to your current prescription; luckily for you, we’ve listed ten different signs below.

  1. Clear distance vision, poor vision up close. (Hyperopia)
  2. Poor distance vision. (Myopia)
  3. Problems with vision up close and in the distance. (Astigmatism)
  4. Poor night-time vision.
  5. Headaches.
  6. Double vision.
  7. Difficulty adjusting to different lighting.
  8. Eye strain/fatigue.
  9. Reflections (halos) around light sources.
  10. Difficulty reading up close/on computer. (Presbyopia).

Hyperopia: Far Sighted

Hyperopia is commonly known as far sightedness and is the term which describes the ability to see objects in the distance clearly but struggle to focus on objects which are close up, making the vision blurry.
For an example of what this can look like, we’ve included an image below;

hyperopia: far sighted

Myopia: Short Sighted

Typically referred to as short sightedness, myopia is a visual problem which causes objects in the distance to appear out of focus. Myopia or short sightedness occurs when the light which enters the eye does not focus on the retina but in front of it. If you struggle to see objects in the distance then you’re probably short sighted, in which case you’ll need glasses to be able to see clearly again. See image below for a typical example;

Myopia: short sighted


Astigmatism is when the cornea or the lens curves slightly, and is typically referred to as a ‘Rugby ball’ – and it is this which can cause the vision to become blurred and distorted.

Signs of astigmatism include rounded straight edges, headaches and eye strain.



Presbyopia is commonly known as ‘Mature sight’. This is when your near vision begins to deteriorate. This is a natural process and happens to everybody at some point between the ages of 40-45 and will progressively get worse as you get older.
HINT: you may find yourself moving your arms further away to see writing on a page.
The top half of the image below represents how your vision would look when reading with presbyopia, the bottom half is how it looks once corrected with reading spectacles.



If you are starting to suffer with headaches, you may need to take a visit to your local Optometrist. Visual fatigue due to poor vision is a common trigger of headaches.


If you notice reflections or haloes when looking at light sources such as car headlights, it may be time to get your eyes tested. Reflections and haloes are a common indicator that you may require a prescription.
The left side of the image below shows reflections from car headlights. This can be corrected using an anti-reflection coating (image on the right).

reflections / halos

Double Vision

Double vision is a common indicator of defective vision. If you experience any double vision, it may mean that you require a certain type of prescription. This can be tested by an Optometrist and is easily corrected.

double vision

If you can relate to any of the above, it may well be time you booked in for a sight test! Here at Glasses Frames & Lenses we have an Optometrist available to test your eyes. If you do need help, make sure you get in touch with the team, you can call us on 01400 282028 or you can click here to contact us online.

With love,
Tina and the GF&L Team!