Warning signs of a vision problem

As we continue to navigate our new world with COVID, we see many patients putting off care. We completely understand, but also want to provide education to patients regarding when to be treated. Here are some signs you may have a vision problem.

Please keep in mind, many vision problems have no symptoms. That is why checking eye health annual is a priority. So many diseases are found only when they have caused damage that cannot be reversed. There is no substitute for an annual exam. With that said, there are some warning signs that your vision is changing, and you need to come in for an exam.

Most common/First signs

The first sign we typically see is difficulty with nighttime driving. Some other common symptoms include, frequent headaches, squinting.

Other signs

Some not as frequent signs of vision problems are rubbing or blinking of eyes, short attention span, poor reading, avoiding close work, decrease in performance, covering one eye, and tilting or squinting.

Does prevention matter?

YES! Preventative measures are so important. Regular eye exams are appropriate for most people. The vision community recognizes the fear associated with patients, especially those at risk, with COVID-19. As a result, clinics like ours nationwide are doing everything we can to ensure our clinics are clean. We also have signage for patients to ensure they know how to keep a safe distance from others. Many clinics provide temperature checks and COIVD questionnaires to ensure we keep COVID out!

Does family history play a role?

Absolutely, if your family history includes glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, or any other eye disease it may be recommended for you to come in more than annually. It is important to discuss your family history with your primary care doctor and your optometrist and to follow their recommendations as these eye diseases can progress quickly and without warning.

What can I do?

The important thing is to remember to schedule an eye exam if you have any of these symptoms:

  • Severe, sudden or recurrent pain in or around the eye
  • Vision changes that include haziness, blurred vision or double vision
  • Seeing halos or rainbows around lights
  • Seeing floaters
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Swollen or red eyes
  • Changes in the color of the iris or the pupal
  • Trouble moving around
  • Avoiding activates you use to enjoy because of discomfort such as reading, TV, driving, walking
  • Difficulty identifying objects or colors

No matter what your symptoms are, we are more than happy to help! Please contact us for an eye exam annually or if any of the issues listed in the article arise! We are happy to help!