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5 Signs You Need to Get Your Eyes Checked

Are you straining to see at night or when working on a computer or your phone? Does your head hurt after being in front of a screen or reading fine print?

These issues are not something you should live with; in fact, they are all signs of vision problem. Scheduling a comprehensive eye exam might not be at the top of your to-do list, but it should be, especially if you are experiencing vision issues and/or optical discomfort.

These 5 signs are the most common indicators that your eyes need to be checked through a comprehensive eye exam.

Night Sight

Are you noticing you can see fine in normal lighting but as soon as the lighting dims or you are in darkness, you have issues seeing? Do you are having trouble driving at night and reading signs at night? Or, do you are feel uncomfortable driving at night?

These are indications that you should have your eyes checked. With these symptoms, you could be experiencing night blindness. Night blindness is very common especially in older adults and is the first symptom of a cataract.

It’s All a Blur

If you are experiencing sudden blurry or unfocused vision, it could be a sign of a bigger health issue. If you start to notice that text in books is becoming fuzzy when read up close it could be an indicator of farsightedness or astigmatism. In aging patients, this can also be a sign of presbyopia.

Screen-time Strain

Computer and phone screens can cause serious strain on the eyes and can create computer vision syndrome (CVS). Common symptoms of CVS are eyestrain, headache, difficulty focusing, itchy or burning eyes, dry eyes, blurred or double vision, and light sensitivity.

If believe you are experiencing CVS, you should schedule an eye exam to discuss the strain you are putting on your eyes. In the meantime, follow the 20-20-20 rule, position your screen and documents accordingly, reduce lighting and glare, remember to blink, and use BluTech Lenses. 

Frequent Headaches

Headaches can be common; however, reoccurring headaches can be an early warning of a change in vision. When the cornea and lens fail to focus, the small muscles in the eyes are forced to work harder, which causes eye strain and can result in headaches. Sometimes staring at a computer screen for too long or working in either dim or overly bright light may be the reason why.

If you are struggling with frequent headaches, set up an eye exam as soon as possible. If you work in front of a screen often or in a dimly light room, take breaks every hour to allow your eyes to rest. If this symptom goes untreated, astigmatism, near, or farsightedness could occur.

Flashes, Floaters, Obstructed Vision – Oh My!

If you see floaters or flashes of light in your vision, this could indicate a serious eye disorder like a hole, detachment, or retinal tear.

Small specks that move in your vision field are called floaters; they are deceiving because they often look like they are part of what you are looking at outside of your eye but they are floating inside your eye.

An eye exam evaluates your vision and is extremely thorough. A comprehensive eye exam can closely resemble a physical when you consider what an eye exam can detect. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms it is important to schedule an eye exam as soon as possible to eliminate a serious eye disorder.

At Rx Optical, we are dedicated to helping you see clearly. Don’t ignore the signs! Give us a call, or schedule your appointment online.

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When you pull out of your driveway at night, do you get nervous? Do you white-knuckle your way to your destination, squinting or straining to see the entire time? If this sounds familiar, it might not be a fear of the dark or creatures that go bump in the night making you nervous.

Millions of Americans have trouble seeing at night.

If you’re nervous about hitting the road in the dark, take some time to think about why.

  • Do you see halos around headlights or streetlights?
  • Do you have blurry vision?
  • Do you experience excessive glare?

If you have these symptoms, you’ll want to chat with us to find out why. There are a few possible causes for impaired vision a night, and an eye exam is the best way to figure out exactly what is causing your vision problems. Here are a few possible causes;


While cataracts don’t hurt, they can cloud the lenses on your eyes. Poor night vision can often be the first sign of oncoming cataracts. Since they distort the light that comes into your eyes, you might notice halos around lights or blurry vision, particularly at night.

LASIK Side Effects

It’s unlikely, but sometimes those who’ve had LASIK can experience poor night vision. As with cataracts, you might notice light halos or glare. These problems are easily identified during an exam, so make sure to ask your eye doctor if you’re at risk.


Last month was Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month so it’s a great time to remind you that a condition called retinopathy can be a cause of impaired night vision. Early diagnosis and treatment is key to slowing the effects of diabetic retinopathy, so if you have diabetes and are having a hard time seeing in low light, whether inside, outside, or while driving, be sure to tell us.

Some other causes of poor night vision include:

  • Sunlight exposure (always wear sunglasses!)
  • Low Zinc (eat poultry, beans, and nuts!)
  • Low vitamin A (eat leafy veggies and carrots!)

Don’t be afraid to drive at night. If you squint your way through nighttime road trips, give us a call today at (800) RX CARES.