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Signs You Need An Eye Exam

Most people don't see the need to visit an eye doctor unless they have problems with their eyesight. The truth is you're mistaken if you think that visiting an optometrist is a thing for the sick. 

Surprisingly, you may have various eye problems that can only be detected once you do an eye exam. That said, it's pretty important to have your eyes examined every year. Don't downplay the importance of an eye examination just because you think your eyes are all right. 

While you don't have to make appointments with your optometrist every month, be on the lookout for these signs.

Blurry Vision

Sudden blurry vision indicates that there's something wrong with your eyes. If your vision has been all right and it starts to change suddenly, you should book an appointment with your eye doctor. In most cases, your optometrist will check your eyes and treat the underlying cause of your blurry vision. 

On the other hand, if your vision is slowly becoming blurred, you still need to see an eye doctor. This way, the optometrist will take the necessary measures to prevent permanent vision loss. 

Screen-Time Strain

It's normal for your eyes to strain if they have been glued to the TV or computer screen for a long time. What's abnormal is if you can't focus or have blurred or double vision as soon as you start using your phone or computer. This level of eye strain should alert you to visit an optometrist immediately. 

Computer and phone screens are known to create computer vision syndrome (CVS). You can tell whether you're experiencing CVS if you have got the following symptoms:

  • Dry eyes
  • Difficulty focusing
  • Light sensitivity
  • Double vision
  • Itchy eyes
  • Eyestrain
  • Blurred vision

Dry or Itchy Eyes

Healthy eyes are supposed to have enough fluids and shouldn't be itchy either. So, if you start feeling as if your eyes are super dry, you should visit an eye doctor. Dry eyes can be managed easily, but you shouldn't wait for so long to see an optometrist. In most cases, dryness and itchiness go hand in hand and are caused by allergies or prolonged screen use.

Light Sensitivity

Light sensitivity is also known as photophobia, and it's a common sign that you need an eye examination. Eyes can handle daylight without a problem. However, if your eyes feel that the light level in the environment is causing discomfort, there's a likelihood that you have photophobia. The condition can be so extreme that it might hurt your eyes and interfere with your vision. As such, you need to see an eye doctor immediately after your eyes start becoming sensitive to light.

Contact a local eye exam center to learn more about signs to be aware of.