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4 Signs You Might Need an Eye Exam

Updated: Dec 28, 2022

Getting regular examinations is an essential component of maintaining good health. Routine eye examinations can help detect newly developing conditions before any noticeable symptoms occur, hence preventing eyesight deterioration. In this article, we've summarized some signs that might indicate the need for an immediate eye exam.

1. High risk for eye conditions

There are several factors – some of them beyond your control – that raise your chance of developing eye illness. You should definitely have your eyes examined in following cases:

  • you have a personal or family history of eye conditions such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, or cataracts

  • you have previously undergone eye surgery or suffered an eye injury, or have noticed a gradual deterioration of eyesight.

  • you work at a computer all day

  • you use contact lenses

  • you have diabetes, which increases the risk of developing glaucoma, cataracts, or diabetic retinopathy

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2. Eye problems

You definitely need an eye exam if you’ve noticed your vision is worsening. Here are signs to look out for:

  • Hazy, blurred, or doubled vision

  • Eye pain

  • Red or swollen eyes

  • Light flashes

  • Floaters

3. Eye pressure

Pressure in the eyes is one of the most frequently disregarded eye complaints. It is rather simple to ignore since it doesn't appear to be much of an issue. It may, however, indicate glaucoma or ocular hypertension and is definitely something to never be disregarded.

4. Headaches

Frequent headaches can be a sign of eye issues. You most probably need an eye exam if you get a pain behind your eyes and/or a headache after reading a book or watching your favourite TV series for long periods of time. Headaches related to eye problems will often go away when you rest your eyes, but it's best to get an eye exam to avoid serious illness in the future.

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