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When Should You Visit an Optometrist?

This is perhaps one of the most common questions asked by people: “When should I visit an optometrist for an eye exam?” The answer: unlike going to a doctor or dentist, it isn’t necessary to visit an eye doctor monthly. However, in circumstances where you have been experiencing some problems with your eyesight, visit an optometrist without delay. In fact, there are some symptoms and signs that should directly send you to an optometry office. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms below, you should schedule an appointment ASAP:

Eye Infections, Sudden Blurry Vision, Sensitivity to Light

There can be many signs of you experiencing eye infections, and more often than not their symptoms can get gross real quick. Therefore, if you notice something weird with your eyes, don’t hesitate seeing an optometrist immediately. Some of the common symptoms of eye infections are blurred vision, extreme sensitivity to light, pain, redness, itchiness and regular discharge from the eye. A simple course of antibiotic drops prescribed by the optometrist will clear things up.

You Have Been Squinting More Frequently

If you need to squint frequently to read road signs, view content on the laptop, computer, or mobile phone, it is a clear sign you need glasses. Apart from the usual blurriness, we unknowingly squint in an effort to make it easier to see by either letting in a limited amount of light or changing the shape of our eye. However, squinting every time you have trouble seeing or reading isn’t an effective or long-term solution. So, visit an optometrist and get a pair of specs.

Increased Eye Pain and Irritation

If you notice an increase in eye irritation and pain, get an eye exam by visiting an optometrist. Far too many people put up with painful eye symptoms without doing anything about them. Don’t be so careless about your eyes and see a trusted optometrist immediately if your eyes are hurting or irritating. Sometimes, it may just be a small problem, like dry eyes, which can be cured with some eye drops. However, often eye pain can be a sign of more serious conditions, like eye cancer, scratched cornea, or glaucoma.

Floaters Galore and Bright Flashes

Many people experience floaters and bright flashes. You know those little squiggly, star-like pieces of dust which appear when you look up at the sky or focus on a white wall? Usually, these flashes are nothing to worry about, but if the occurrence of these floaters grows significantly, it could be a sign of a detached retina. This is a serious eye emergency which requires urgent assessment and treatment from an optometrist. Beware if you leave the condition untreated: a detached retina could lead to blindness.

You Have Diabetes, or It Runs In Your Family

People are at rsk of diabetes, especially those with a family history, or who currently are suffering from the condition already know how important it is to regularly monitor and look after blood sugar level. But did you know that monitoring your sight is another vital aspect of dealing with the disease? Perhaps not! Diabetes is a systemic illness that is known to cause damage to the retina. It can be seen on an eye exam, even before you are diagnosed. So, if diabetes runs in your family or you are at risk, get your eyes checked.

Persistent Headaches

If you are suffering from persistent headaches, it is a clear sign you must head over to a trustworthy optometrist. There are many issues that may be causing headaches. This can include working in dim light, working in overly bright light, or staring at the computer, laptop, and smartphone screen too long. In other, more severe cases, frequent headaches may also be caused by glaucoma, astigmatism, or long-sightedness. Regardless of the severity, it is imperative to get yourself checked.

So, if you are experiencing any of the above mentioned signs/symptoms, visit an optometrist immediately.