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Signs That It’s Time to Update Your Eye Prescription

Even though nearly half of Canadian adults wear corrective lenses, it’s common for people to have the wrong eye prescription because they only visit their optometrist once every few years…or sometimes not at all!


While not everyone will need a new eye prescription yearly, your eyesight will change over time. We're here to talk about a few signs that it's time to update your prescription. Read on to learn more from Langley Optometry!


reading an eye chart through black-framed prescription glasses

Frequent Squinting

If you're wearing glasses or contact lenses, you shouldn't find yourself squinting often (or at all!), especially during your normal day-to-day activities. Squinting is usually an instinctive attempt to temporarily improve your vision.


While this is helpful when you're not wearing your glasses, it shouldn't be necessary if you are.


Pay attention when you find yourself squinting. Is it when there's not enough light? Is it when you're looking at something up close?


Talk to your optometrist, and they can help you with more accurate new prescription lenses for your glasses.

Blurry Vision

Blurry vision is normal when you're not wearing your glasses or contact lenses. When you first put your contacts in for the day, you may experience short-term blurry vision while your eyes adjust. Other than that, your vision should be clear.


Vision changes over time, so if you have blurry vision while wearing eyeglasses or contact lenses, it might be time for a new prescription.

Eye Fatigue

Do your eyes hurt throughout the day? Do they feel tired or as though you need to rest them? If so, you may be experiencing eye fatigue, and it could be the result of an outdated prescription.


Eye fatigue happens when your eyes have to work harder to see. You may not notice yourself straining, but your eyes still get tired. A new eyeglass prescription should fix it right away.

Light Sensitivity

There are several potential causes of light sensitivity or photophobia. If you find yourself squinting in bright light or experiencing pain when it's bright out, it's a sign that something is wrong.


Short-term photophobia isn't a cause for concern, but if it lasts for several days or more, it could be a sign of an eye infection, an eye condition, or an outdated prescription. Regardless, it's time to see your optometrist for an exam.

Frequent Headaches

Did you know that poor vision is a potential cause of headaches? While headaches have many triggers, the eye strain associated with poor vision is a common one, and, luckily for you, it's one that's easily fixed.


When you get new glasses or contact lenses, you may notice that your headaches improve.


Do You Need a New Eye Prescription? Schedule an eye exam by booking an Appointment with Langley Optometry!

If any of these signs sound familiar, it may be time for you to update your eye prescription! Schedule a visit with your optometrist for an eye exam so they can fit you with a prescription that will make your vision crystal-clear.


At Langley Optometry, we want to help all our patients see the world clearly. Contact us to set up an appointment today!


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