Why Am I Squinting So Much?

November 29, 2023

Have you noticed that you’ve been squinting more than usual lately? Partially closing your eyelids in order to see more clearly is something we all do. But when you’re doing it frequently, there’s a likelihood that something is triggering that reaction. Trust our doctor of optometry at Dr. Shannon Chandler & Associates to provide a comprehensive examination to diagnose the problem and offer solutions.

Nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism, known as refractive errors that prevent our eyes from properly focusing light, are among the leading reasons some of us squint. We generally correct these “errors” with eyeglasses or contact lenses. 

Sometime after the age of 40, many of us begin squinting to read small print — a normal loss of near focusing ability that’s known as presbyopia. Reading glasses or contact lenses are the usual corrective measure.

Unusual sensitivity to light, known as photophobia, is another common reason for squinting. Side effects from medications, dry eyes, unusually large pupils and injuries such as corneal abrasions can lead to photophobia.

If you’re spending too much time in front of a computer, the monitor’s brightness may be causing your eyes to become tired and dry. The more hours you spend in front of the screen, the more likely you’ll start squinting to read the print you saw clearly earlier in the day.

If you have found yourself squinting to read things like small print and road signs that you once saw clearly, or you have developed a sensitivity to bright light — especially if you are also experiencing blurred vision — please contact our office today to schedule an examination. We have the expertise and diagnostic technology to identify the underlying cause and provide solutions. If eyeglasses or contact lenses are required, we’ll provide the right corrective prescription. If necessary, we’ll evaluate whether other medication or further medical treatment are indicated. The optometrist at Dr. Shannon Chandler & Associates wants to protect your eyes and maintain the quality of your vision, so don’t hesitate to contact us today!