It is hard enough to find time to see a doctor during a hectic week of balancing your work, social and home life.
When you find yourself squinting that little bit more over breakfast at the morning newspaper, or having to increase the size of the font on your tablet, it is easy to avoid or not even notice that you may now need reading glasses.
Here, for your reading pleasure (and for a handy way to see if the above applies to you) are four reasons why it is time to invest in a pair of reading glasses.
1. You hold books further away from your face
If you are somewhat of an avid reader, or you enjoy watching boxsets of an evening and spend a lot of time in front of the television, you are already at risk of eye strain and other vision-related disorders.
How you hold a book is one of the simplest indicators of whether or not you may need to invest in some reading glasses.
2. You start to get a headache when reading for 20 minutes
Reading a book, concentrating on the television or even flicking through a notebook to find an important date can cause eyestrain when the reader should be wearing glasses and is not.
Eyestrain causes headaches, especially if you are already susceptible to them and if the headache feels as if it is localised directly behind your eyes, it is time to invest in some quality reading glasses.
3. You start to struggle to see close objects in the dark
If you are experiencing a general difficulty in identifying objects that are particularly near to you in the dark or low-light, whereas before you were able to take the bin out, for example, in the middle of the night, you should get your eyes checked out because you may well need glasses.
There is a tried-and-tested way of helping your eyesight at home, which doctors around the world refer to as the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes, stare at something at least 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
Another sign that you may need reading glasses is if you stare into a lightbulb or into the headlights of a car and you can see thick, circular ‘halos’ of light around the centre of the object. If you need glasses, professional suppliers such as Just Glasses can help you every step of the way.
4. You require significantly brighter light when reading
Whereas before, your small, dim reading light on your bedside table was more than sufficient to enable to read your latest page-turner in bed, if now you need to turn on the main ceiling light to read, reading glasses may be the next logical step.
It is important, if you resonate with this, to remember that a natural and slow decrease of the strength of one’s eyes is perfectly normal and is a natural sign of ageing.