4 Red flags with your vision you should not ignore

4 Red flags with your vision you should not ignore

While a yearly, comprehensive eye exam is the first line of defense in taking care of our eyes, here are four symptoms that should not be overlooked.

When it comes to preserving our vision, being aware of what symptoms and signs that can point to potential eye health issues is critical in taking care of our eye health. 

While a yearly, comprehensive eye exam is the first line of defense in taking care of our eyes, here are four symptoms that should not be overlooked.

  1. Irritated and red eyes: An occasional red or irritated eye is to be expected but when that redness or irritation persists and is accompanied by discharge, pain, or sensitivity to light, that can be an indicator of an eye infection or conjunctivitis. Contact lens wearers should be especially vigilant when it comes to these kinds of symptoms and immediately seek treatment from an optometrist or ophthalmologist.
  2. Distorted or blurry vision: Persistent blurriness or distortion in vision can be a symptom of cataracts, macular degeneration or diabetic retinopathy and should be addressed with your eye care provider.
  3. Sudden floaters or flashes of light: Most people have experienced floaters at some point but if floaters appear suddenly or you experience flashes of light, these can be symptoms of a retinal tear or detachment. It is crucial to seek immediate medical help to prevent permanent vision loss.
  4. Unusual changes in eye or eyelid: If unusual lumps or growths appear on your eyelids or if you notice that your eye has changed its appearance, it's important to consult with your eye care provider to rule out precancerous or cancerous conditions.

Being "eye aware" can help you maintain your eye health and address any potential eye issues earlier. So if you ever have any concerns, don't hesitate to consult with your eye care provider.

 

 

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