4 Signs You’re in Need of New Glasses

Even with glasses or contact lenses, your vision deteriorates over time. Declining eye conditions can be caused by various factors: long hours under the sun without sunglasses, gazing at screens or cellphones, even studying under dim light. Sometimes your eyes just weaken with age.

While you may have glasses, your prescription might not be adequate enough to correct your vision. Orange County’s eyecare specialists at Advanced Eye Center advise you to watch out for these red flags when wearing your glasses. They are signs that you may need to replace them. Read on as we discuss what you need to look out for:

Random Episodes of Headaches or Squinting

At times, it’s the subtle symptoms that matter most. While wearing your glasses you may believe your vision is a perfct 20/20, however, you may actually, and at times, unconsciously, be straining your eyes. But how will you know if you’re putting your eyes through stress when everything seems crisp and clear? Ask yourself, have you ever had sudden headaches that come out of nowhere? Are you squinting even with your glasses on? These are early warning signs that you may need new glasses.

Do You Bring Your Eyes Closer, or Make Text Bigger?

Bringing objects closer to you while wearing glasses is an obvious indicator. If you’re changing the settings on your phone to enlarge text size, this may be a sign that your lenses are no longer giving you the clarity they originally gave you. Instead, your blurry vision can lead to headaches and eye strains.

Sensitivity to Light

Are you experiencing overwhelming glare as you drive past cars at night? Do you ever wake up in the morning and hiss at the sunlight? Your glasses might actually be doing more harm than good with these reflective distractions. Breakthrough technology in corrective lenses has given patients the option to deck their glasses with anti-reflective features.

Scratched or Cracked Lenses

If your glasses are donning a variety of  scratches or cracks, you’re prone to a world of problems, including optical flaws, blurry vision, and distractions. It is also important to not overlook broken eyeglass temples. Glasses that don’t sit properly on your face can also affect your vision. If your glasses are in poor condition, it might be time to visit an eyecare specialist.

Lasik in Orange County Is An Option

Glasses used to be seen as the be-all, end-all solution for poor vision. If you wear glasses, spotting these hazards are important. Experiencing any of these conditions merits a visit to an eyecare specialist.

Dr. R.K. Ghosheh and his team at Advanced Eye Medical have over 25 years of experience correcting vision problems. They’ve performed over 50,000 procedures, most especially the popular Lasik surgery. If you’re tired of your glasses and you’re ready to view the world in 20/20 without lenses, contact our office in Mission Viejo at 888-439-6565 for a consultation.

How Do I Avoid Eye Injuries While Playing Sports?

Eye injuries during sports account for about 40,000 eye injuries each year, some of which are serious enough to require surgery, and may even result in permanent vision loss. That’s not to say you should give up on your physical activity of choice for the sake of your eyes (especially since exercise can help stave off Type-2 Diabetes and Age-Related Macular Degeneration, the two biggest causes of adult vision loss). No, keep playing your sports, just make sure you protect your eyes while you do it. You can do this by understanding what eye injuries are common during sports, how risky your particular sport is, and understanding what you can do to prevent your eyes and the surrounding bones and tissue from becoming damaged.

What Types of Eye Injuries Occur While Playing Sports

The most common type of eye injury most people get while playing sports is blunt-force trauma. Blunt force trauma injuries occur when a blunt object strikes the eye, or the surrounding bones and tissue and damages the eye. This type of impact can cause severe injuries, such as a detached retina, or even facial fractures.

Next we have a radiation injury, which is caused by not wearing proper eye protection while out in direct sunlight. As a general rule, it’s difficult to get such an injury during a single outing, and usually occurs due to the cumulative effects of not wearing adequate eye protection like sunglasses, or in the case of impact sports that require a helmet, a tinted visor with UV protection.

Finally, a penetrating injury occurs when a piece of debris from a field, or a finger, or other such object penetrates either into the globe of the eye itself, or into the space surrounding the eye and causes damage. This is often the most difficult type of common eye injury to treat.

How Likely are Eye Injuries to Occur While Playing Your Sport?

Accidents happen, and you should always be on the look out for circumstances that could damage your eyes, but as a general rule, sports can be divided into three risk categories where eye injuries are concerned.

Low-Risk Sports

Include things like running, gymnastics, swimming, and cycling, where there are no balls, pucks, or racquets in use and there is no (intentional) body-contact. During these sports it’s still important to wear sunglasses when in direct or indirect sunlight and to keep your eyes from drying out.

High-Risk Sports

Sports such as, baseball, basketball, football, hockey, and other impact sports, or sports that use a ball, puck, or racquet. These sports account for the most eye injuries as many people who play them, play them without adequate eye protection. Baseball and basketball players in particular are at risk because of the lack of inherent head and eye protection during those activities. Football players who play without a visor are also prone to injuries, intentional or accidental, from other players.

Very High-Risk Sports

Activities that are considered very high-risk are those where damaging body contact is the end goal. This includes boxing, wrestling, and other contact-based martial arts.

So How do I Prevent Eye Injuries While Playing Sports?

First and foremost, talk to your doctor about the sport you play, or any hobbies you have. They can make specific recommendations based on your sport or activity of choice, and can help you select the appropriate level of eye-protection best suited to your individual case. Other than that, following general rules of eye protection like wearing impact-resistant glasses during physical activity, shielding your eyes from the sun, and wearing the appropriate eye-protection for the activity at hand are all extremely important.

These steps go a very long way towards protecting your eyes, even during the most demanding activities. Talk to your eye doctor at Advanced Medical Group to learn how to keep your eyes safe, and healthy, for years to come.