According to Vision 2020 Australia, 60% of Australians think that going blind is worse than having a heart attack, but 24% of Australians have not had an eye test in the last 2 years – including almost 1 million Australian who has never visited an optometrist!

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Our eyes work like a high-speed camera, capturing light and sending the data back to our brain. The images we see are made up of light reflected from the objects we are looking at. Your eyeball, cornea, and lens must be shaped just right for light rays to bend (refract) and focus on your retina. The electrical signals from the retina travel along the optic nerve to our brain so we can see the image. If the light is not focused precisely on the retina, then your vision is blurred.

The most common vision problems are refractive errors (myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism, and presbyopia) which affect how light is bent (refracted) as it passes through the cornea and the lens to be focused on the retina. Refractive Errors can cause eye strain and headache.

Luckily these problems are easily corrected. But importantly, you need to visit your optometrist regularly to ensure you maintain the health of your eyes.


8 Common vision problems that may indicate you need Glasses

Blurred Vision: For most people, the first sign that you need to schedule an eye exam is because of blurred vision. If you have trouble reading the street signs or the words in a book are too fuzzy to read up close, then you may be developing myopia or hyperopia. If you find it difficult to see objects both near or far away you may be have developed astigmatism.

Squinting: If you find yourself tending to squint to bring objects into focus, it can be a signal that you are either nearsighted (difficulty seeing objects far away) or farsighted (difficulty seeing objects close-up). Squinting is only a temporary fix that limits the amount of light entering the eye reducing the size of the blurred image.

Sitting close to the TV: You may be nearsighted if you tend to sit close to the television. As you are compensating for being unable to see objects from far away.

Reading a book close to your face or at arm’s length: How you hold a book can indicate if you have vision problems. If you need to hold it close to your face, you may be nearsighted. If you are farsighted, you may tend to hold the book at arm’s length.

Difficulty at the computer: If you struggle to read the computer, other than blaming it on your work, you may be experiencing farsightedness. 

Eye fatigue or strain: If you’re rubbing your eyes, you may be suffering from eye fatigue or strain. Eye strain can be caused by many factors such as allergies, cold, flu or not getting enough sleep. But if the strain persists for more than a few days or if your eyes seem to get tired from regular activities like watching TV or reading, you need to visit your optometrist for an eye test. 

Frequent headaches: Headaches can result from your eyes straining to focus better.

Seeing halos around light: Sometimes you may see halos around light bulbs and car headlights because the light can become scattered or blurry when your eyes are unable to focus on it correctly.


Now what?

If you suffer from any of these vision problem symptoms you should book an appointment with our experienced optometrist at Allied Eye Care. We will be able to detect, diagnose and monitor vision problems even when symptoms may not be apparent.

Organize your Eye Test Today- Your Eyes will thank you.