Yesterday the comedic actor Leslie Nielsen died of pneumonia at the age of 74. Nielsen is perhaps best remembered for his slapstick and satiric turns in movies like Airplane!, The Naked Gun series and the live action version of the 1950’s cartoon Mr. Magoo.
Nielsen’s role as the title character in that last film was that of an oddball millionaire with poor vision who refuses to wear glasses and consequently gets into all kinds of trouble. In tribute to Nielsen and his portrayal of Mr. Magoo, this post is about ways to tell if you need glasses and should get an eye exam.
The American Optometric Association (AOA) recommends that children have their first eye exam by their first birthday and, as we’ve written before it’s a good idea to get an eye exam annually from then on. However, here are some signs that you shouldn’t hold out for even a year before getting checked up.
- If you have blurry vision or difficulty seeing at night, you should get an eye exam. People often notice this problem in the course of their nighttime driving.
- If you’re seeing floating spots or other irregularities in your vision, you should get it checked with an optometrist as soon as possible.
- If your eyes often get tired and you find yourself squinting a lot you should get an eye exam.
- If you have trouble viewing things that are very close by or very far away you may need corrective eyewear.
- Finally, if you experience recurring headaches it makes sense to get your vision examined.
Not only will getting an eye exam improve your daily quality of life, but it can help diagnose other serious medical conditions before they deteriorate. So learn from the example of Mr. Magoo, swallow your fear and/or pride, and get your eyes checked.