But it can be a sign that you're trying to compensate for poor vision. It can signal that you're farsighted seeing poorly close-up or nearsighted seeing poorly far away. If your child is squinting, it could be lazy eye, which is decreased vision that results from abnormal vision development in infancy and early childhood, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Eye fatigue or strain Eye strain or pain can be affected by various factors such as not getting enough sleep, flu, cold or allergies. But if your eye pain goes on for more than a few days, you have eye pain with eye movements or if your eyes seem to get tired from regular activities like watching TV or reading, get it checked out. You want to make sure you don't have an eye infection, undiagnosed health condition or vision changes.
Frequent headaches Getting frequent headaches may mean you have a vision problem. Headaches may be attributed to farsightedness or astigmatism , which can cause both close and distant objects to appear blurry, says the American Academy of Ophthalmology AAO. As your eyes strain to focus better, than can lead to headaches. Blurred vision Blurred vision can signal farsightedness or nearsightedness. Adults may notice it when they read, drive or sit at the computer.
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Kids may notice it while they're reading, doing homework or at school. Seeing halos around light Light can become scattered or blurry when your eyes can't focus light correctly.
That's why you may see circles around light bulbs, car headlights and lights of varying sizes and shapes. Sometimes the problem may be fixed with glasses, though halos also are a symptom of cataracts, says the AAO. Sitting close to the TV You may be nearsighted if you sit close to the television. You're compensating for being unable to see from far away by moving closer to the object in this case the television images. Eye rubbing If you're rubbing your eyes, you may have eye fatigue or eye strain.
Glasses can help. Your eye rubbing may be due to a medical condition such as allergic conjunctivitis, which is pink eye caused by an infection or allergies, so be sure and get it checked out with an eye care professional. Reading with a book near your face or at arm's length How you hold a book or a menu can reveal if you have vision problems.
You may put it near your face if you're nearsighted. Or you might hold it at arm's length if you're farsighted. Most people experience some farsightedness, or presbyopia, as they age, usually starting in their 40s.
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Reading glasses can help. Losing your place or finger pointing while reading If you lose your spot or skip lines when you read, you may have a vision problem. It could be strabismus—where the eyes aren't aligned correctly and point in different directions—or another eye muscle issue. People with myopia nearsightedness can see close objects clearly but objects farther away appear blurred.
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Myopia occurs if the eyeball is too long or the cornea the clear front cover of the eye is too curved. Farsighted: Difficulty seeing close up. People with hyperopia farsightedness can see distant objects very well but have difficulty focusing on objects up close.
Keep in mind, though, that the only way to accurately diagnose a vision problem is to see an eye care professional. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, including headaches or distorted vision, please make an appointment with Westchester Health to see one of our eye specialists for a comprehensive eye exam. The sooner we can accurately diagnose your vision problem, the faster we can help you see more clearly.