It is surprising to know that many serious eye health issues can be prevented through early detection and care. And that knowing the signs and symptoms of these eye problems could save you from many inconveniences including discomfort, pain, and money. Arm yourself now with information that could help you shield yourself or your loved ones from developing vision problems. Find out below how to detect warning signs to watch out for when it comes to your eyes’ health.
1. Vision Loss
Majority of the population thinks that vision loss is normal and inevitable as we age. This is false as there are also many people who are able to maintain good vision during their late years. Vision loss is not a stage that all senior citizen will go through, not if they are especially keen on caring for their eyes.
Therefore, if there are any signs that you or a family member is showing signs of vision loss, the next step is to get an eye check-up with an optometrist. Know that vision loss is known to be a symptom of glaucoma. Glaucoma is very hard to detect and is even known to be the “silent thief of sight”. That is why you need an expert’s opinion to check and validate. Never self-diagnose as this can even lead to other problems or complications.
2. Red eyes
We get red eyes when we get tired, when we have had many hours spent in front of a computer screen, when our eyes get irritated, even when we lacked sleep. Old and young, red eyes happen and for us, it is already too common to put us on alert mode.
If red eyes persist and are causing itch, pain or discomfort, it could be an indication of another underlying vision issue. Red eyes are a warning sign for many types of eye infections, uveitis, glaucoma, corneal ulcer, conjunctivitis, even a foreign object or substance in your eye. There are a lot of potential causes and again, having an eye check-up is best for proper diagnosis and treatment.
3. Clouded, blurred and/or dimmed vision
If you are experiencing sudden change in colour of usually brightly coloured objects, and if your vision appears a bit cloudy or blurred, then it could be a sign that you are developing a cataract. A cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye which leads to a decrease in vision. It can affect both eyes too and if left untreated, cataract can affect your way of life and can even lead to total blindness.
Other risk factors for cataract are diabetes, obesity, aging, extreme exposure to the sun, previous eye surgery, and more so, if you have any of these plus there is a sudden onset of clouded and blurry vision, and you appear to not see colours correctly, then be sure to book an eye exam immediately.
4. Floaters and Flashes
From time to time, we see floaters in our eyes. These are usually just particles floating in the fluid that fills the inside of our eyes. However, if you start to see these floaters or specks too often and if they become too many, more so if they are accompanied by bright flashes of light, it is possible that you are at risk of having retinal detachment.
. Retinal detachment requires vision loss the part of the eye that sends visual messages to the brain through optic nerves. If left untreated, this again can lead to tearing of the retina,Retinal detachment is a immediate medical attention, so it is good when you know how to detect between normal particles floating in your eyes and floaters caused by this disorder.
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