It is important to get eye exams on a regular basis.Eye exams can prevent diseases, promote eye health, and help to save a person’s vision. Going to the eye doctor for an eye exam once a year will help you take good care of your eyesight.
Many eye diseases start with no symptoms at all, therefore having a regular eye exam can eliminate the risk of one of these diseases. Eye exams are just as important as an annual physical. After all, your vision is the light of your world, why would you not devote 1 to 2 hours a year to making sure your eyes are healthy.
But, there are some signs and symptoms that should not be ignored in between regularly scheduled exams. If you experience any of the symptoms below, you should schedule an eye exam as soon as possible.
- You’ve been squinting more
If you notice that you’ve had to squint to read road signs, that’s a good sign that you’re due for a prescription change—if you didn’t need glasses before, you might need to start wearing them. Squinting will only get you so far.
- Bright Flashes And Floaters
It’s perfectly normal to have a few floaters hanging around in your eyes. They can be annoying, but they usually aren’t a problem. However, if you suddenly see a bunch of new ones, you should definitely schedule an appointment. These are symptoms of retinal detachment, and can cause permanent blindness if not treated quickly enough.
- Blurred Vision
If you’re always having to move objects further away from your eyes to improve clarity,If you have experienced blurred vision in one or both eyes this could be a sign that you may have an eye disease or maybe even a bigger health issue. These are signs that should not be ignored and you should see your eye doctor quickly.
Headaches that occur behind the eyes could be caused by an eye condition. The throbbing, sharp, or intense pain indicates there is something irritating your eye or vision. Whether it is caused by eyestrain or any other health issue, it is best to have your eye doctor be the first one to look into this.
- Sensitivity to Light
A strong sensitivity to light, especially a sensitivity that appears suddenly means you may be developing “photophobia”. This condition occurs when your eyes are sensitive to any form of light. Whether it is from natural light, such as the sun or other lighting sources like fluorescent lighting, there are easy fixes once the trigger is determined. This could be as simple as an eye infection or a more underlying health issue such as migraines or other eye related diseases.
- Eye Pain
Eye pain can be either ocular or orbital pain. Ocular pain comes from the outer structures of the eye and orbital pain occurs behind the eyes or inward. Whether you have itchy, dry or running eyes, these could all be symptoms of orbital pain. Some of these symptoms may be simple signs of allergies or a stye on your eye. If you have a deep, dull pain you may be having symptoms of a more advanced eye condition. All of these signs should trigger you to schedule your next eye exam.
- Eye Infection
Eye infections occur when bacteria, fungi and viruses come in contact with your eye or any part of the area around it. Common symptoms include swollen eyes, red eyes, pain, watery eyes, dry eyes, itching, swelling or blurred vision. Sometimes eye infections clear up on their own, but that isn’t a risk worth taking.If any of these symptoms occur please make an appointment with your eye doctor. Letting any of these symptoms go, can give your eyes permanent damage.
If you’ve experienced any of the signs above, this is a strong indication that the next step for you is to contact your eye doctor for a comprehensive exam to prevent any damage to your eyes. Your eyes are just as important as any other body part, now it’s time to treat them like it.