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Do I Need Glasses?

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It might seem like a silly question – either you can see well, or you cannot. According to Dr. Sanjay Chaudhary, it is a more complex issue. It is not uncommon for one eye to be stronger than the other. The stronger eye may compensate for the weaker one, so you could cope fairly well without glasses.

Depending on the nature of your vision problem, it would only be when you needed to read small print or seeing things in the distance that you would notice an issue. In such cases, it is simple enough to chalk it up to normal aging, rather than a vision problem.

However, there is no need to struggle with reading small text or seeing things far off. Our eyes are designed to do both and do both well. If your eyes are not doing this, some corrective action needs to be considered.

If you have problems in the following areas, it is a good idea to consult an ophthalmologist:

  • Tripping frequently, or bumping into things
  • Getting headaches quite often with no discernable reason, particularly when performing visual tasks
  • Eyes feeling sore or tired often
  • Fatigue when performing visual tasks
  • The need to rub your eyes often
  • Frequent bouts of nausea with no discernable cause
  • Trouble reading smaller print
  • Problems seeing things at a distance
  • The need to get much closer to screens than normally would be the case

You need to go in and have a proper eye exam. They will then be able to ascertain what the underlying problem is and give you suggestions in terms of the best treatment options.

What Are the Two Types of Vision Problems?


In this case, the eyes have no problem focusing on things up close but have great difficulty in seeing things at a distance. This is something that needs to be addressed, especially if you are planning on driving.

It is something that should be addressed in children as well. Failure to do so could lead them to develop a lazy eye


This is where you can see fine at a distance, but close reading and tasks become problematic. This is the type of condition most likely to result in fatigue and headaches. It needs to be addressed as soon as possible so that you can start seeing as well as you should.

Will Both Eyes Have the Same Issue?

Not necessarily, one eye is usually naturally stronger than the other. And, the sight problems in either eye are not always going to match. One eye might be nearsighted and the other farsighted.

But I Don’t Want to Wear Glasses

Not many of us do. However, you’ll quickly get used to them if you need them. And you’ll find that the improvements in vision or well worth the additional effort. You can also switch out the glasses for contacts lenses if you find that idea more agreeable for you.

Must I Wear Corrective Lenses Forever?

Unfortunately, once you are an adult, your eyesight is not going to improve on its own. So you are probably going to need to keep wearing corrective lenses. As time passes, you will need to have your vision retested and possibly get a stronger prescription.

What if I Only Wear Them Some of the Time?

How often you wear your glasses or contacts will depend on the advice that your ophthalmologist gives you. They’ll tell you if you need to wear them only when driving, reading or all the time. If you are meant to use them all the time, you need to do so.

If you need a strong prescription, you’ll find it harder to be without your glasses once your eyes are used to it. Also, if you don’t wear them as you should, you’ll subject yourself to eyestrain, fatigue, and headaches. Just wear them when you should to avoid problems.

Are There No Permanent Solutions?

There are, depending on the vision problem that you may have. LASIK is the most common of these. ICL is a newer procedure and is fast gaining popularity. Would these work for you? An ophthalmologist will be able to tell you that but here’s a basic rundown.


This commonly practiced solution is not the right one for everyone. There are many different techniques used, but basically, the aim is to correct the shape of the cornea. To accomplish this, the cornea may be thinned using a laser. The surgeon may also make an incision and lift the cornea up to correct the vision.

This is not going to be the right solution all the time. There are cases when the results become too unpredictable to make it worthwhile. Normally, those with serious vision problems, poor eye health and poor health, in general, will be advised not to go ahead with the surgery.

A complete examination by a professional is the only way to tell if you are a good candidate or not.


This is a newer procedure and not quite as commonly applied right now. It is becoming more popular, though, and can provide some significant benefits over LASIK. This involves the implantation of a corrective lens into the eye.

This requires a small cut to be made so that the lens may be inserted, but there is no other interference with the eye. As a result, recovery time is faster than LASIK, and there is less risk of complications. The main advantage, though, is that the process is reversible so if it doesn’t work, you have some recourse.


In this computer age, our eyesight is at risk of deteriorating faster than would have been the case for our ancestors. The advantage of the advances made in technology, however, means that this can be nothing more than a minor inconvenience.

You can opt for corrective lenses in the form of contacts or eyeglasses. You might be a suitable candidate for a surgical solution. There really is no need to put up with less than perfect eyesight anymore. Speak to your eye doctor about what your options are.

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