Your eyes are one of the important parts of your body. Without them, you wouldn’t be able to experience half the world around you, its colors especially. Because of this, it goes without saying that you shouldn’t neglect your eyes. One thing that can help you have good eyesight is visiting an eye doctor. The question is how often should you have an eye exam? As a rule of thumb, the frequency of your visits to an eye doctor should be at least once every two years. That is, of course, if everything is fine. However, what if everything is not fine? Here are 8 telltale signs that you need to make an appointment with your eye doctor:
1. You Have an Eye Infection Eyes can be very vulnerable to all kinds of infections. In fact, there is hardly a person that hasn’t experienced redness, itchiness, pink discoloration of the whites, swelling of the eyelids or some other problem at least once in his or her life. If this happens to you, don’t wait for it to “go away”, but schedule an eye exam right away.
2. You Have Headaches Although it doesn’t have to be related, if you experience frequent headaches, one reason for this could be a problem with your sight. This is often the first sign that your vision is worsening. While it may be too early to tell, it is a good idea to cross this off the list by visiting an eye doctor.
3. You Have Trouble Focusing and/or Blurry Vision Both focus problems and sudden blurry vision are a potential sign of a bigger health problem and need to be taken very seriously. If you are experiencing blurry vision on just one eye, or if it comes and goes, be sure to make an appointment with either an ophthalmologist or optometrist before long.
4. You are Moving Farther from, or Closer to Objects in Order to See Them Better Do you often find yourself moving away from a computer screen because it is not clear enough? Chances are, your monitor is just fine, but your eyes aren’t. The same thing goes the other way as well. If you keep pulling products closer and closer to you in order to read the descriptions, that’s also a sign you need an eye exam.
5. You are Experiencing Eye Pain or Eye Fatigue Often Most people today spend a lot of time in front of a computer or TV screen, so it’s not that strange if your eyes start to hurt a bit if you’ve been at it for a few hours. Simply take a moment, walk away from the screen and rest your eyes. However, if the eye pain or fatigue is persistent and you experience it for a couple of days, make sure to check it out. It is possible that you have an eye infection, or some other health problem.
6. You are Seeing Floaters, Flashes or Have an Obstructed Vision If you start seeing floaters, flashes of light or have a sight obstruction postpone everything you planned for that day and see an eye doctor. These could be signs of a retinal tear, hole or detachment, which are all serious vision disorders that need to be checked by an ophthalmologist or optometrist in 24 hours.
7. You are Squinting Often If you keep squinting, that is a good sign that it is time that you have an eye exam. Parents should especially take note if their kids are squinting, as this probably means they need eyeglasses. If, in addition to squinting, you also have an eye turn, or a “lazy eye”, be sure to schedule an eye exam appointment. If this problem is not treated early (especially when it comes to children), squinting and “lazy eye” can lead to permanent eyesight loss.
8. You are Sensitive to Light If you suddenly become sensitive to light, it might be a good idea to see an eye doctor. Being sensitive to light could be a sign of an eye disease or an eye disorder, so you should check it out.