Do I need glasses?
September 22, 2006 5:58 PM Subscribe
Am I farsighted, or Should I Visit the Optometrist?
posted by scarylarry to health & fitness (13 answers total)
I read a lot (old-fashioned paper codex, plus computer) and for about three years I've felt a strain when I read for more than twenty minutes or so, which becomes a crippling headache if I don't take frequent breaks. I've found through trial and error that if I close either eye the feeling of strain diminishes significantly. I've considered visiting an optometrist, but I don't have any kind of health insurance and I'm hesitant to spend money I don't have for someone to tell me my vision is fine.
I don't know much about farsightedness, but I hadn't given much thought to the possibility since my vision seems equally crisp and clear no matter how close or far away the viewed object is.
I haven't seen the eye doctor in about 7 years (I'm 23), but back then my vision was 20/20. Would mefites recommend I open my wallet and make an appointment, or is it more likely that my headaches are just the effect of normal reading-strain?