When should you go to the eye doctor? Once a year, twice a year, every other year? Well, the answer is different for each individual. Typically evaluations every two years should allow for proper vision assessment. However, there are some medical conditions, like diabetes, eye traumas, certain prescriptions or a family history of eye disorders that require more frequent visits. What are some common signs that you should make an eye appointment soon? If you experience any of these signs, don’t chalk it up to age or exhaustion, call your doctor and arrange for an eye exam as soon as possible.
- Sudden Change of Vision – Sudden blurry vision or focus problems can be a sign of a larger health issue and should always be taken seriously. If the blurry vision comes and goes, or is limited to one eye, you should schedule an exam as soon as possible.
- Eye Pain – Eye pain can be caused by seasonal allergies, a cold, or lack of sleep. If the pain is ongoing or increases in strength, call your eye doctor immediately.
- Light Sensitivity – Light sensitivity can be a symptom of a number of disorders or eye diseases (as well as an eye infection.) If you find yourself shying away from fluorescent light or sunlight consider making an appointment to get it looked at.
- Headaches – While headaches could mean any number of medical conditions, frequent headaches could indicate a vision problem. It is a good idea to rule out eye issues as a cause of the headaches. An eye exam can rule out any serious eye conditions.
- Floaters or Flashes – Seeing dots floating may be fairly common, but if they increase in frequency or are accompanied by flashes or obstruction of vision call your doctor or head to the emergency room immediately. This is a sign of a retinal problem that may be serious.
- Last Eye Exam – if you can not remember the last time you had an eye exam then maybe it is time to set up an appointment.