While everyone should have periodic eye exams, there are certain circumstances that demand more urgent attention. Here are a few conditions that should be examined by an eye care professional sooner rather than later. OptiExpress offers comprehensive eye exams, contact lens fittings, a gallery of designer frames, and a one-hour onsite lab.
Although an eye exam every year or every other year is typically adequate for most people, there are some situations that require immediate attention from an optometrist or ophthalmologist. Optical health can change significantly in one year, and this is particularly true for people aged 50 and older, so recognizing issues with eye health is critical in order to preserve long-term vision and overall health. Here are a few signs that you should visit an eye care professional soon.
- You have persistently dry eyes. Dry eyes have numerous causes – essentially your eyes aren’t producing sufficient tears to keep your eyes moistened and comfortable. While it might not be an indicator of a serious medical issue, dry eyes can leave your eyes vulnerable to infection, which may compromise your vision.
- You have a family history of, or risk for, diabetes. If you have diabetes or are at risk for diabetes, you should have regular eye exams. Diabetes can put you at significant risk for retinopathy, glaucoma, and cataracts, among other conditions. Diabetes is a leading cause of total vision loss in adults between the ages of 20 and 75.
- Your night vision is reduced. If you noticed that your night vision is compromised and have trouble driving at night, you should schedule an eye appointment immediately. The condition could be caused by cataracts, or might be an indication of a significant health concern.
- Your vision is changing. Any changes in vision should be addressed quickly, as they may be a sign of something significant. If you are over the age of 40, you may be experiencing age-related presbyopia, which is the reduced ability to focus on near objects.
- You have experienced head trauma. Sometimes minor head trauma, like whiplash, can trigger changes in vision. If you had a head injury and are experiencing any vision issues, like trouble shifting between near and far focus, seek immediate medical attention.
You shouldn’t wait for any of the above events to occur before seeing an eye health professional – if you haven’t had an eye exam in a year or more, schedule an appointment with your local eye care professional today.
OptiExpress founder Dr. J. Michael Witherington has been Ft. Myers’s leading optometrist for more than two decades. To schedule an eye exam at our Ft. Myers or Cape Coral location, please visit our contact page.