Signs it's time for an eye exam!

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Signs It's Time for an Eye Exam

Your sight is precious. The way you work and live depends on it. Even though many people go to their doctor for an annual physical exam, they may forget to go to the eye doctor. You should have an eye exam every year because vision can change significantly in a year, especially if you’re over 50 years old.

Some eye conditions are dangerous and require treatment right away in order to preserve your sight. Here are important signs that it’s time to call us at Clarity Vision Care and make an appointment with Dr. Hieu Huynh.

It has been a while since your last exam

If your last eye exam is a distant memory, you’re overdue for one. It may have been four or five years since you were seen, and your health could have changed significantly during that time. Why is that important? Because changes in your overall health affect your eyes.

Spots of light or floaters

Are you seeing dark specks or spots that appear in different places when you move your eyes? These are called floaters. Do you see flashes of light? If you see floaters or spots of light, you could have the beginning of a tear in your retina or a retinal detachment. A detachment can lead to a loss of vision. Seek immediate treatment if you notice these symptoms.

Dry, stinging, or burning eyes

Do your eyes feel dry? Do they sting or burn? You may have the condition called dry eye, when your eyes don’t produce enough tears to coat the surface of your eye. When your eyes are dry, you’re more susceptible to eye infections because your eyes lack the proper protective coating. If dry eye becomes severe, corneal abrasions or ulcers can result.

Itchy or red eyes

Do your eyes itch? Maybe it feels like they have a gummy glue or grit on them, making it harder to blink. You could have one of several conditions that need prompt treatment. You might have allergic conjunctivitis resulting from seasonal allergies when pollen counts are high.

You may be unconsciously rubbing your eyes when they itch. Putting your fingers anywhere near your eyes can transfer bacteria and lead to infection. You could have an infection called blepharitis, inflammation of the eyelids caused by bacteria or a skin condition.

If your eyes are red and inflamed, you may have pink eye, or bacterial conjunctivitis. It’s very contagious and leads to serious complications if left untreated. You need treatment immediately. Dr. Huynh leaves time in his appointment schedule for emergencies like these.

Headaches or blurred vision

Frequent headaches and vision that blurs so you can’t see the outlines of objects may indicate nearsightedness, farsightedness, or an astigmatism, an abnormality in the shape of your eye’s lens. Dr. Huynh’s exam reveals answers for you. If you need glasses or contacts, he can provide the prescription and fit you with new glasses or contacts.

You have chronic health conditions

If you have diabetes, it’s very important to keep your scheduled eye exam. Dr. Huynh needs to examine the small blood vessels in your eyes to ensure they’re healthy. High blood sugar from diabetes can damage your eyes, leading to diabetic retinopathy, which causes blindness.

Having diabetes also places you at higher risk of cataracts and glaucoma. If Dr. Huynh catches glaucoma in the early stages, he can treat it and avoid the more serious complications of vision loss or blindness.

A variety of autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, and others can also affect your eyes and cause a number of troublesome symptoms.

Difficulty driving at night

If you hesitate to go out at night because it’s hard to see the road or road signs, you may have developed nearsightedness, when it’s hard to see things far away. But it could also be a sign that you’re developing cataracts.

In short, any time you sense a change in your vision, it’s time for an eye exam. Call or book an appointment through this website with Dr. Huynh for expert eye care and all of your vision needs.

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