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Signs You should see an optometrist

Maintaining healthy vision is crucial for a better quality of life and proper interaction with the world around us. But with numerous eye diseases lurking around, it's important to be proactive and seek the help of an optometrist. You might not visit an optometrist twice a year or once a year, but in case of certain medical conditions and prescriptions you will need to visit a specialist more frequently.

You can’t restore your eyesight, once it’s gone. So, there are symptoms that indicate that you should not delay with your optometrist appointment.

Signs You May Need an Optometrist:

Headaches/Eye Pressure: Frequent headaches and pressure around and in your eyes could indicate eye strain, nearsightedness, and more.

Blurred Vision: This can be a sign of health conditions such as diabetes or migraines, but also a serious eye disease.

Double vision: There can be a number of causes for this, most of them are a big reason to immediately seek professional help. It can not only indicate that your eyes can’t correlate properly, might have astigmatism or dry eye, but also discover other medical conditions such as tumors and stroke.

Red Eyes: Though common, red eyes accompanied by pain may indicate inflammation.

Dry or Itchy Eyes: Unchecked dry eyes can lead to discomfort, decreased productivity, and even damage to the cornea.

Sensitive to light: It’s perfectly normal for eyes to feel uncomfortable at brightness after being in a darker surrounding for a long time.

However, being extremely sensitive to light can be caused by several eye conditions such as cataracts or keratoconus and eventually damage your eyes.

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Watery eyes: It’s common for many people to get watery eyes while having certain types of allergies, however the reason is not always in allergies. It might sound contradictory, but dry eye condition might be the cause of watery eyes. Why? When your eyes are not lubricated enough, they might start excessively watering.

Another reason for it can be eyelid inflammation and corneal scratch. Taking eye drops might stop the inordinate amount of tears, but without an examination the real causes will remain not treated, becoming serious problems in future.

Long Time Since Last Check-Up: If you can't remember the last time you had a comprehensive eye exam, it's time to schedule one.

Why Visit an Optometrist?

Our eyesight plays a crucial role in our daily lives and optometrists are responsible for maintaining it. An optometrist is a medical doctor who specializes in eye care and can help diagnose and treat eye problems including cataracts. Regular check-ups with an optometrist can help detect and prevent eye diseases, as well as detect links to other conditions such as diabetes or vitamin deficiency. Early detection and treatment can save your vision from deteriorating.

At Woodley Optometry, we have a team of expert optometrists ready to assist you. With our wide range of services and knowledgeable specialists at hand's reach, your vision health is in safe hands. Don't wait, book your appointment with us today!

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