In most cases, an eye exam every two years or so is sufficient to guarantee the health of your eyes. However, individuals with diabetes, a family history of eye disease, or other factors that may negatively affect eye health should schedule eye exams more frequently. However, there are a number of symptoms that justify a visit to the eye doctor as soon as possible.
Sudden Blurred Vision
If your vision suddenly becomes blurred or you experience trouble focusing, this could be a sign of a serious problem. If the problem is recurring or experienced only in one eye, it is time to schedule an immediate appointment with an ophthalmologist or optometrist.
Gradual Blurring of Vision
If you finding yourself having to move a computer or book further away from you in order to eliminate blurring, it could be a sign of gradual vision degradation. By the time you notice these symptoms the problem has likely progressed for some time. You should seek an examination with an eye specialist immediately.
Sometimes problems with the eyes cause serious headaches that result in pain in the eyes. Headaches can occur for a variety of reasons but when they are accompanied by squinting or blurred vision, it is a clear sign there is a problem with your eyes.
It is important to remember that headaches caused by eye problems do not have to directly affect the eyes. These headaches can be anywhere in the head.
A common cause of eye-related headaches is the weakening of eye muscles. This increases the workload of the eyes.
Sensitivity to Light
Some people have eyes that are naturally sensitive to light. This sensitivity can be aggravated by fluorescent light or even bright sunlight. But if your eyes suddenly become more sensitive to light than they ever were before, this could be the sign of a serious problem with your eyes. Possible reasons your eyes can become sensitive to light are vision loss, an infection in the eyes, or photophobia.
Poor Night Vision
Most people see a little better in the daytime than they do in the nighttime hours. However, if you begin to have more trouble seeing the lines in the road or reading street signs at night, you could be experiencing a problem with your eyes.
Poor night vision is often an early complication of nearsightedness or loss of vision. It may be a good idea to drive as little as possible at night until visiting an eye doctor.
Optometrists do not only write prescriptions for eyeglasses. Irritations like dry eyes are also addressed through eye examinations. The fall or spring months can cause your eyes to dry as part of an allergic reaction. Other people experience dryness of eyes when the climate is dry and hot. If you experience dry eyes, you may need to visit both with an eye doctor and a primary care physician.
Double vision can occur for a number of reasons. Vertigo, impact injuries, and intoxication can all instigate double vision.
Eye problems that cause double vision include cataracts and Grave’s disease. Grave’s disease affects the thyroid but this can have negative consequences on the muscles in the eyes.
Line Distortion and Halos
It is not uncommon to see halos or waves in lines after leaving a bright room and entering a dark place. The same can happen in the opposite scenario. But a regular occurrence of this phenomena is not common.
These symptoms can alert to the development of cataracts. It can also be a sign of cornea problems or the near or farsightedness.
If you see distorted lines next to objects before you, this is a sign of retina damage. Any of these symptoms warrant a trip to the eye doctor.
If you ever experience pain in your eyes after driving, watching television, or reading, it could be because of strain to your eyes. This is especially true if you have to squint to see things. You should see an eye doctor if you experience these symptoms to address the problem before it progresses.
For most people, scheduling an eye examination every two years will be enough to maintain the health of their eyes. However, if you experience any of the symptoms above, you should visit your eye doctor as soon as possible.