We all have similar stories about wearing glasses — whether it’s bumping into things when our lenses get all fogged up, getting lost because the rain made our glasses blurry, or spending countless hours looking for our glasses when they were right under our nose. It’s all these little things that we relate to that connect us together as eyeglass owners. Knowing it’s not just you that experiences these kinds of things makes it a whole lot easier, especially when you’re going through some of the bigger issues that are not always that easy to solve without some professional advice.
Which is why we created this short guide — a complete list of the most common problems you’ll encounter as a glasses-wearer (and what you can do when these arise unexpectedly).
Worsening Eye Conditions
Many eye conditions get worse over time whether you are wearing glasses or not. The truth is that glasses don’t change the process of presbyopia or other eye conditions, like macular degeneration and cataracts. Your glasses will help you to see more clearly, but over time, you may need a stronger prescription to account for a worsening eye condition.
It’s easy to scratch up your glasses when cleaning them. It happens to the best of us, especially when we use materials that are abrasive to clean our anti-reflective lenses. For the best results, you should always be using lens spray and a microfiber cloth to clean any special coatings, even when if it’s not as convenient as rubbing them on your shirt.
This is a very common problem when the frames become worn out over time. You can visit your optometrist to tighten and adjust your frames, but you may need to get an entirely new pair if that doesn’t do the trick.
If you accidentally leave your plastic frames out in the sun, you’ll regret it! Plastic can stretch in direct heat, which can make them too large for your face. If this happens to you, it’s likely you’ll need a new pair.
If it has slowly become more difficult to read with your bifocals, then it could be either related to the position of the glasses or the correction. As glasses get worn down with age, they can slowly slide out of position which can cause objects to move out of proper focus. On the other hand, it could simply be due to a gradual change to your eyesight, so make sure that your correction is current.
One common problem many of us experience as a glasses-wearer is the experience of night glare making it difficult to see when driving after dusk. Fortunately, you can buy glasses with an anti-reflective coating to help minimize this issue.
If you wear bifocals and commonly experience headaches when using your mobile device or computer, you’re not alone. Traditional line bifocals are not designed for prolonged exposure to these devices. Talk to your optometrist about no-line bifocals that may be a better option for you. Additionally, if you wear regular glasses, headaches often indicate eye strain. Have your optometrist check your vision to determine if you need a new prescription.
Nothing is more annoying than having your glasses constantly slide down your face when you sweat. To prevent this from happening, be sure to have your glasses properly fitted behind your ears by your optometrist.
When going from one prescription to another, many glasses wearers can experience issues adapting to the peripheral field of vision. And if you’re prone to motion sickness, it’s likely that you will experience temporary nausea until you properly adjust to your new pair.
Not only is reflective glare from the sunlight bothersome, but it can also cause eye strain and headaches. If this type of glare impacts you on a regular basis, talk to your optometrist about polarized sunglasses to help eliminate the glare and reduce any associated pain.
Do objects appear normal when you look straight ahead but seem squished when you look right or left or up and down? This is a sign that the lenses are no longer adequately centred and need to be adjusted.
It’s not uncommon for a new prescription to cause double vision for a glasses-wearer when looking up or down through a lens. Fortunately, this usually goes away in a few days once your eyes properly adjust.
Although these are the most common problems you’ll encounter as a glasses-wearer, they are certainly not the only ones. To learn more about all the issues and to have any of the above problems corrected, contact us at Laurier Optical. One of our onsite eye doctors will be happy to help you.