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Do I Need Glasses?

There are many signs that you may need glasses. if you've noticed any of these, it's time to get your eyes tested.
Do I need glasses

How do I know if I need glasses? Let us help you determine the most common signs you need glasses, how often you should have an eye exam and the best glasses for your vision problems.

The signs you need glasses

There are many online ‘Do I Need Glasses’ quizzes you can take if you’re concerned you might need glasses. The common symptoms include: 

  • Blurry vision: This is often a sign of astigmatism as well as short-sightedness and long-sightedness. If objects aren’t appearing clearly, it will cause fatigue and eye strain, so glasses can be a great solution.
  • Squinting and eye strain: Are you straining your eyes in order to see things near or far? This is a symptom that you need glasses.
  • Headaches:If you work long hours at the computer you should be wearing glasses with blue light protection to reduce headaches and eye strain.
  • Trouble seeing clearly at night-time:This could be a sign of cataracts or short-sightedness, so it’s important to see your optometrist for an eye exam if you’re experiencing difficulty seeing at night.
  • Rubbing your eyes:This is particularly common in children. You may just have an eye allergy, or you could need glasses.
  • Your parents wear glasses:bad vision can be genetic so it’s important to have an eye exam if close family members wear glasses. 

How often do I need to get an eye exam?

Depending on your age and eye health, it is generally recommended by optometrists to have an eye test every one to two years. 

  • Children’s eye examsshould commence from 6 months of age. They should receive another eye test at three years old and another before they commence school. After that, kids eye exams should happen periodically every two years.
  • Adults 18-60: Every two years.
  • Adults 61 and older: every year
  • At risk people:If children or adults have a history of poor eye health in the family, more frequent eye exams are recommended. 

Online eye test

It’s important to visit an optometrist to check the health of your eyes as no online test is currently able to do this. Additionally, eye tests online aren’t able to provide you with new prescription details.

There are some eye tests online that help to determine how good your level of vision is, but they should always be taken in conjunction with visits to your optometrist every two years. 


Telemedicine has made medical appointments more accessible. It allows you to have access to a medical professional in a timely manner, via a computer, tablet, or phone screen.

Online glasses prescription

You can easily get your glasses prescription online with the VisionDirect Lens Scanner app. This app is able to read the optical parameters of your current glasses and extract your prescription details making it easy to buy glasses online anywhere, anytime. Plus, it’s completely free! You can read more about how to use our app here.

It’s important to remember that you should be happy with your current prescription to use this tool, as the app doesn’t find new prescription details.

It’s a great tool to use to buy a pair of replacement glasses or prescription sunglasses without the hassle of having to visit the optometrist again just to get your online glasses prescription. Try the app for yourself here.

What glasses should I get?

If it turns out you need glasses, the best place to discover and shop for eyewear is VisionDirect with over 180 designer brands and 80,000 glasses to choose from. We have a handy guide on how to buy your eyeglasses online here.

With the best price guarantee, you can shop brands like Tom FordGucciVersaceDolce & Gabbana eyewear for less and be assured top quality glasses.

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