Maintaining Optimal Eye Health: Signs You May Need New Glasses

Published on
April 29, 2023

Good eyesight is essential for our daily lives, whether it's for driving, reading, or simply enjoying the scenery around us. If you wear glasses, ensuring your prescription is up-to-date is crucial, as failing to do so can lead to headaches, eyestrain, and other vision-related problems. In this blog post, we'll discuss the signs indicating you may need new glasses to maintain optimal eye health and function.

Blurred Vision

Experiencing blurry vision is a sign that you may need new glasses. Blurred vision can occur when your prescription is outdated or incorrect, leading to headaches, eye fatigue, and difficulty seeing clearly. If you're experiencing blurred vision, it's essential to make an appointment with our eye doctor to have your prescription checked.

Eye Strain

Eye strain is a common indicator that you may need new glasses. If you spend a lot of time staring at computer screens, reading, or doing other close-up work, your eyes can become fatigued, resulting in discomfort, such as headaches or eye pain. If you're experiencing eye strain, take regular breaks and have your eyes checked to see if you need a new prescription.


Squinting to see things clearly may signal that you need new glasses. While squinting can temporarily improve your vision, it can also cause eye strain and fatigue, harming your eyesight in the long term. If you find yourself squinting often, schedule an appointment with our eye doctor to have your prescription checked.


Headaches are a common sign that you may need new glasses. If you're experiencing headaches concentrated around your forehead or temples, it could indicate that your glasses are no longer providing the correct prescription. If persistent headaches plague you, see our eye doctor to rule out any underlying eye conditions.

Double Vision

Double vision occurs when you see two images of the same object and can indicate that you need new glasses. Double vision can result from various factors, including an outdated prescription or other underlying eye conditions.

Is blurry, fuzzy, or double vision impacting your quality of life and vision? Take our online double vision assessment to help identify if you may have an underlying vision problem that is causing diplopia (double vision) /neuro/double-vision-quiz/ 

Light Sensitivity

Increased sensitivity to light may signal that you need new glasses. Light sensitivity can occur when your glasses are not providing the correct prescription, causing discomfort and headaches. If you're experiencing light sensitivity, see our eye doctor to have your prescription checked.

Difficulty Seeing at Night

Difficulty seeing at night can indicate that you need new glasses. If you find it challenging to see while driving at night or have trouble reading in low light conditions, your glasses may no longer provide the correct prescription.

Schedule a Comprehensive Eye Exam in Olympia

If you're experiencing any of the signs mentioned above, or have a sense that your vision is not what it should be without knowing exactly how to describe it, we welcome you to schedule an appointment with our optometrist to have your prescription checked. By doing so, you can ensure optimal eyesight and maintain your eye health. Don't ignore any signs of discomfort or changes in your vision; schedule an appointment with us today.

Patients searching for advanced medical eye care visit our clinic from all over Washington, and we are proud to be a leading provider of medical eye care services for patients from Olympia, Lakewood, Tacoma, and Lacey.


Such a nice optician. My grandson is only 4 and needs glasses. We were so sad, but he explained the issues, and we will follow up as he suggested.

Anna P.

I had such a good experience with the clinic. Very friendly staff and doctor, did not have to wait for long to be called, and was treated respectfully. Thanks, American Family.

June S.

Dr. Zurcher has gone above and beyond what any other eye doctor has ever done to figure out what is going on with my eyes. Very happy with American Family Vision.

Christine R.

Family Vision Clinic changed our lives! My daughter was frequently car sick, and she was getting headaches every day, often painful enough that they brought her to tears. We saw a string of doctors and therapists, but we made no progress. Finally, we found Dr. Levi Zurcher and his eye therapist Rain. After ten weeks of eye therapy my daughter no longer gets headaches, and she no longer gets car sick. Daily tears are a thing of the past. I really can’t say enough about this clinic. It was fascinating to watch Dr. Zurcher work. For the first time, someone who knew what they were doing was intently studying my daughter, really trying to figure out all of her eye issues, and his therapist Rain is one of the most patient and lovely people that I’ve ever had the good fortune to meet. We’re finished with eye therapy—yay!—and I have switched to American Family Vision Clinic for all of my family’s other eye health needs.

Lars Wulff

Very professional, yet kind and helpful. They do what they can to make the appointment comfortable. I was running a bit late, I made sure ti call. They were able to switch me with a patient who was already there, they treated me with respect, and helped my son have confidence by getting him the eye care he needed that day. Thank you so much! Would recommend to anyone. It's a blessing that they care enough to work with people who have all different types of insurance from work to state coverage.

Justin E.

The staff is friendly. The Doc is very knowledgeable. The office is family friendly and everyone is so patient with the little ones.

Amy Fagerness
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