Optician shares 13 signs your eyesight is getting worse – including cooking mistake

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Eye expert Dr Josie Forte has revealed the some of the more unusual signs your eyesight might be on the decline – including using the wrong toothbrush and missing autocorrections when typing texts

Do you find yourself mistaking the salt for the pepper, miss autocorrections when typing texts – or using the wrong toothbrush?

Then it’s probably time to visit an optician. Eye expert Dr Josie Forte has revealed the some of the more unusual signs your eyesight might be on the decline. Other giveaways include picking up the shower gel instead of shampoo, your children noticing you looking funny when you try to read things and asking to borrow someone else’s glasses.

Dr Forte, who has been an optometrist for Specsavers for 20 years, explained these impacts could be a result of presbyopia – a common eye condition which is the gradual loss of your eyes’ ability to focus on nearby objects. She said: “Most of us will experience some effects of presbyopia as we age because of subtle changes in the lens of our eye. However, it really isn’t something to worry about and is actually very common, typically from the age of 40 onwards.”

“Your optician can recommend the best treatment for you, so we would recommend booking an eye test if you are experiencing any symptoms or if you find yourself adopting some unusual behaviours to compensate for a change in your vision.”

Dr Josie’s advice follows a poll, of 2,000 adults aged 35 and over, which found 53 per cent believe their eyesight is good or excellent – yet 76 per cent admit to displaying at least one of the signs and behaviours associated with presbyopia. Nearly a quarter (23 per cent) have had blurred vision when attempting to look at an object and 13 per cent often adjust their position to compensate for difficulty in seeing clearly.

It also emerged that 65 per cent have experienced worsening eyesight in the last 10 years, and 40 per cent sometimes experience discomfort or fatigue in their eyes. But 31 per cent would still say their vision is clear – and 74 per cent claim to feel confident in their ability to recognise the common signs of declining eyesight.

Despite this, many have struggled to read maps (20 per cent), see the bus number (19 per cent) and messaged the wrong person (12 per cent) as a result of not seeing clearly. While misunderstanding important emails or messages (11 per cent), misplacing important items (10 per cent) and misreading a major news story (seven per cent), also made the list, in the OnePoll.com study.

Specsavers has partnered with comedian and writer Jen Brister to launch its first ever ‘At-Arm’s Length’ Comedy Club. Jen, who has crafted a sketch to normalise and bring to life some of these behaviours in a relatable and humorous way, said: “Every element of the comedy evening, from the bar to my sketch, is designed to raise awareness of presbyopia. So if you find yourself pulling weird faces when you’re trying to read something, this could be the perfect night out for you and your loved ones.”

Dr Forte, for Specsavers, added: “Subtle changes and impacts relating to our vision can often go unnoticed. But like many conditions, if these changes aren’t addressed and treated, they can often get worse.”

Signs your sight might be on the decline

1. Finding yourself holding menus or small text farther away to read them clearly

2. Needing to hold reading material at arm’s length to focus on it properly

3. Zooming in on your phone or increasing the font size in order to read better

4. Your children notice you looking funny when you try to read things

5. Needing brighter lighting to read something or doing close work

6. Experiencing blurry vision at normal reading distance

7. Squinting to bring objects into focus

8. Having eye strain or headaches after reading or doing close work

9. Asking to borrow people’s glasses to read thing

10. Mistaking the salt for the pepper

11. Missing autocorrections when typing texts

12. Picking up the shower gel instead of shampoo

13. Used the wrong toothbrush

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