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7 Common Signs Of Vision Problems In Adults

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More than 150 million adults in America have some sort of vision problem. Of these, up to 8 million have poor vision due to an uncorrected refractive error (nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism).

Here are 7 signs to watch for that may suggest the need for vision correction.

      1. Squinting

Squinting is a common symptom of myopia (nearsightedness). Even if you already have glasses to correct your nearsightedness, if you find yourself squinting to see distant objects you may need a higher prescription.

      2.Blurred vision

Whether occasional or persistent, blurred vision is a symptom of several eye conditions.  Contact your eye doctor if your vision seems hazy or blurred.


Eyestrain can occur after intensely focusing on a nearby or distant object, including a digital screen, for an extended period of time. Eyestrain can be annoying, but your eye doctor can help, either through vision correction or other methods.


Achieving clear vision requires the efficient functioning of numerous processes in the brain, as well as smooth eye muscle movements. When your eyes overexert themselves trying to create clear images, it can lead to headaches. Vision correction may be the solution to recurring headaches.

      5.Poor night vision

Also called “night blindness,” poor night vision makes it more difficult to see at night or in low-light environments, such as a movie theater or dimly lit restaurant. Difficulty seeing figures in the dark can indicate a serious vision problem, so speak with your optometrist.

      6.Flashes or floaters

Seeing squiggly, shadow-like figures in your field of vision can be normal, but a sudden onset or increase in the amount of floaters you see is a reason to contact your eye doctor. Seeing flashes of light in your eyes can also signal a more serious ocular problem like retinal detachment, so be sure to alert your eye doctor immediately if you experience any flashes.

      7.Difficulty with computer vision

Vision problems can make it difficult to focus on a computer screen or other digital device for long periods of time. Correcting your vision or using computer glasses can help alleviate any discomfort while looking at a computer.

If you experience any of these symptoms, let us know and we’ll be happy to help you with all of your vision-related needs. To schedule an eye exam, call Silicon Valley Eye Physicians in Sunnyvale today!

At Silicon Valley Eye Physicians, we put your family's needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 408-739-6200 or book an appointment online to see one of our Sunnyvale eye doctors.

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Do I need an eye exam even if my vision is clear?

Regular eye exams are not just for detecting changes in your vision, but also changes in your eye health. Many serious eye diseases and conditions don’t present with any obvious symptoms until they’ve progressed to a late stage, making regular comprehensive eye exams crucial to maintaining eye health. Speak to your eye doctor about how often you should have your eyes examined.

What are the most common vision problems among adults?

Refractive errors are by far the most prevalent vision problems among adults. Other common conditions and diseases that can affect vision include cataracts, age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, amblyopia and strabismus. Your optometrist will advise you on how to lower your risk of developing these conditions if possible, and how to keep your vision clear and maintain good eye health.