When something feels off, most people will call their doctor to schedule an appointment. However, many people don’t take the same approach with eye pain. Too often, people ignore important symptoms or wait too long to schedule an appointment with their optometrist. If you’re experiencing eye discomfort, be sure to call and schedule an appointment as soon as possible.
It’s impossible to diagnose eye pain without a full and comprehensive eye exam, which is why it’s imperative to see a health professional as soon as possible. It could be anything from a corneal abrasion or conjunctivitis to acute angle-closure glaucoma that requires speedy treatment to prevent blindness. In all instances, eye pain is not normal and should be investigated to determine the cause of the discomfort and to ensure that it will not damage your vision or eye health.
It’s extremely important to treat eye health the same as general body health. You wouldn’t ignore warning signs with any other part of your body, so don’t ignore eye pain. Also, remember that annual eye exams are the best way to ensure vision and eye health. During a comprehensive eye exam, your optometrist will take a comprehensive case history before moving on to an external and internal eye exam. Your doctor will also measure the fluid pressure inside the eye (tonometry) — that is an important test in detecting glaucoma.
Glaucoma often presents with little to no symptoms until it’s too late. Regular eye exams can detect this disease early and could save your vision. In addition, regular eye exams can provide clues about the state of your overall health as well.
Hakim Optical offers comprehensive eye exams through our Eye Exam Centres, available throughout Canada at many of our locations.