8 Signs It’s Been Too Long Since Your Last Eye Exam

Posted by: Eye Health Northwest in Eye Exams on November 25, 2019

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Have you been noticing that it is harder to read things close up or far away? Do you remember the last time you got an eye exam? These are some of the signs that you need an eye exam. Keep reading for 8 signs that it’s been too long since your last eye exam!

1. Blurry Vision

Finding it difficult to see signs in the distance? Has reading your favorite book become too challenging because your vision is blurry? These are common signs that your vision has changed. 

You could be becoming near or farsighted. If objects near and far are hard to see, you could be developing astigmatism. Making sure you rest your eyes and are hydrated can help if you experience minor blurry vision.

2. Problems Looking at the Computer

Most of us use a computer quite frequently. But when it is hard to see, you should try the 20-20-20 rule. 

Try looking 20 feet away for 20 seconds about every 20 minutes. If you still have problems, book an appointment with your eye doctor.

3. Problems Seeing at Night

If you’re finding it harder to see at night, this could mean you are developing cataracts. It could also be a sign of other vision problems. 

You should see your eye doctor so they can determine what is causing your problems seeing at night.

4. Difficulty Transitioning from Bright Places to Dark Places

Sometimes it can take longer for your eyes to adjust from being in a dark movie theater to the bright outdoors. If you find it difficult to transition, it could mean the muscles that help the iris are weakening. This is something that happens as we age.

5. Eye Strain or Fatigue

Your eyes can become tired when you have blurry vision, squint a lot, or need to blink to see objects clearly. Your eyes can also become tired when reading, driving, writing or looking at screens. 

Taking breaks can help, but if these feelings of strain or fatigue occur often, see your eye doctor.

6. Headaches

Having headaches often can mean your cornea and lens are struggling to focus. When this happens, the smaller muscles have to work harder. 
This causes eye strain which can result in headaches. Squinting can cause headaches too. 

7. Double Vision

Experiencing double vision can be an indicator that there are problems with your cornea or eye muscles. It can also be a sign of cataracts. 
This is not normal, so see your eye doctor if you experience double vision regularly. 

8. Your Contacts or Glasses Do Not Help

Having glasses or contacts should help your vision. If you wear your glasses or contacts and you don’t feel like you can see, that’s a problem. 

Wearing a prescription that’s out of date can cause eye strain or fatigue. You should see your eye doctor as soon as possible to get an updated prescription. 

If you’ve been suffering from these symptoms for a long time, it’s definitely time for an eye exam. Vision conditions usually develop over time, but some do happen quickly. 

Getting your eyes checked is the only way to keep your eyes healthy.

Need to book an eye exam for you and your family? Schedule an appointment at EyeHealth Northwest in Portland, OR today!


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18345 SW Alexander St,
Suite A
Aloha, OR 97003
(503) 642-2505 see more
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24601 SE Stark St.
Suite 245
Troutdale, OR 97060
(503) 255-2291 see more
Hillsboro
6111 NE Cornell Rd
Hillsboro, OR 97124
(503) 846-9400 see more
Lake Oswego (OES)
9 Monroe Parkway, Suite 160
Lake Oswego, OR 97035
(503) 636-2551 see more
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11086 SE Oak St
Milwaukie, OR 97222
(503) 656-4221 see more
Mt. Tabor
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Portland, OR 97206
503 777-5546 see more
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Newberg, OR 97132
(503) 538-1341 see more
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Portland, OR 97217
(503) 285-1671 see more
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Portland, OR 97209
(503) 227-2020 see more
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Oregon City, OR 97045
(503) 656-4221 see more
Peterkort
9555 SW Barnes Rd.
#201 (2nd floor)
Portland, OR 97225
(503) 227-2020 see more
Providence
5050 NE Hoyt St., #245
Portland, OR 97213
(503) 255-2291 see more
Providence Portland (OES)
5050 NE Hoyt St., Suite 445
Portland, OR 97213
(503) 231-0166 see more
Providence St. Vincent (OES)
9135 SW Barnes Rd., Suite 961
Portland, OR 97225
(503) 292-0848 see more
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10819 SE Stark St,
Portland, OR 97216
(503) 255-2291 see more
Sunnyside
12050 SE Stevens Rd, Suite 100
Happy Valley, OR 97086
(503) 783-3300 see more
Tigard
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Tigard OR 97224
(503) 227-2020 see more
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Wilsonville, OR 97070
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