An eyes examination performed at least once a year will help prevent serious eye diseases. For example, glaucoma – an extremely serious disease that do not give you any symptoms in the beginning, can lead to blindness if it is not treated properly.
Go to see an ophthalmologist even if you see as clear as an eagle!
According to the American Optometric Association, even if you do not have any problems with your eyes, it is recommended to do an eye exam every two years if you’re aged under 60 and once a year if you have exceeded this age. Why? Because many eye diseases have no symptoms at first, among these being the glaucoma, eye pressure, retinopathy (a complication of diabetes) and macular degeneration.
9 Symptoms you should not ignore – See an Ophthalmologist
Here are the most common symptoms that can lead to a problem, according to Dr. Richard Shugarman from the American Academy of Ophthalmology:
1. If you have the sensation of seeing lights, circles or „gray veil over the eyes” – they could announce a retinal detachment, which can be caused by glaucoma or a serious blow to the eyes; This is a very common problem and you should see an Ophthalmologist.
2. Sudden and temporary loss of vision: Even if it happens suddenly and very quickly, the loss of vision can be caused by several eye diseases: age – related macular degeneration (which leads to blindness in the case of people aged over 65) or a type of glaucoma (characterized by increased intraocular pressure and visual acuity);
3. Pain in the eye. According to experts, the majority of eye diseases do not give you any pain, but there are situations when you feel that your eyes hurt, ie if you have: glaucoma, dry eyes, corneal erosion or eye cancer.
4. Blow to the eye: Any blow to the eye should be analyzed by an ophthalmologist, especially if one of the symptoms manifested include eye redness and pain which lasts more than 15- 20 minutes.
5. Persistent sensation of discomfort in the eye: After you have performed a task involving dangerous activities for your eyes, as particles may penetrate the eyes, it is better to go to the ophthalmologist to avoid a possible eye infection.
6. Red eyes: If both of your eyes are red, then it shouldn’t be anything serious. We cannot say the same thing if just one of your eyes is red, you should see an ophthalmologist. If both eyes are red, it may be because of a cold or conjunctivitis, but if redness occurs in one eye – it might be caused by a profound inflammatory process, such as scleritis (inflammation of the sclera) and uveitis (inflammation inside the eye).
7. Discomfort when wearing lenses: Most people wearing contact lenses have no problem as long as they follow the instructions about their care and use. However, there are cases when eye infections occur and you feel pain, discomfort and have red eyes. In this case, do not hesitate to make a visit to the ophthalmologist.
8. Blurred vision: Even if it is transient, blurred eyes should alarm you as it can hide serious problems such as glaucoma, uveitis, retinal detachment or macular degeneration. Moreover, blurred vision can be an early symptom for a heart attack.
9. Complications from eye surgery: If your eyes are red, painful and have a blurred vision – it is recommended to go to an ophthalmologist.