The Dangers of the Wrong Prescription

November 23, 2014

Your vision is a carefully calibrated sense, but if you don't have the right prescription, you could be setting yourself up for trouble. Your vision should be clear and sharp to ensure that you are able to perform at your best throughout the day. Here are a few of the dangers of a wrong prescription and how to fix it.

General Discomfort

The most noticeable symptom of a wrong prescription is a lot of general discomfort, especially when it comes to your eyes. You may find yourself straining or squinting to see things properly, or you may start getting headaches or pain in your shoulders and neck from craning your head to see clearly.

More Serious Issues

The more serious issues that a wrong prescription will create can negatively affect your health. Trying to see through a wrong prescription can make many people feel dizzy or even cause complete debilitation. This unsteadiness can make people feel nauseated and vomit. It can also give a person a sense of vertigo, especially in higher places.


Depending on how badly your vision prescription is off, you could actually be risking your safety and the safety of others. If you find that you are no longer able to see road signs as well as you normally should or that you are unable to properly judge the distance between yourself and other cars, your prescription is probably to blame. Do not drive or perform any other hazardous activities if you believe your prescription is wrong-it is simply not worth the risk.

How to Know It's Wrong

Sometimes, it can be very difficult to know that your glasses prescription is no longer correct. If the difference between what would be correct and your current glasses is minimal, you may not even be able to tell. Things may be a little blurry, or you may have trouble seeing things you used to be able to see clearly. If your prescription is seriously off, you may notice increased headaches, eye strain, dizziness, and even feelings of nausea and vertigo.

Fixing It

If you believe your glasses prescription is not accurate or that you might need glasses, make an appointment with an optometrist right away. They will be able to give you the proper diagnosis you need, which will allow you to get the eyeglasses that are right for correcting your vision. If you're unsure whether your prescription is right, ask yourself when your last eye exam was. If it was more than a year ago or you can't remember it, schedule an appointment with your eye doctor. Remember, for the most accurate prescription you should have your eyes checked once a year!

Dr. Grace Kim is Chairperson for Clinical Advisory Panel of America's Best, a nationwide eyeglasses retailer. With over 300 locations nationwide, America's Best provides thousands of high quality eyewear to customers every day. They carry a wide selection of designer eyeglasses and contact lenses in each of their stores, and they also offer eye exams. Learn more about designer eyeglasses at
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