Most people know you need to go to the doctor for their annual physical checkup. And everyone knows you need to visit the dentist regularly. But what about the optometrist? Your eyes need regular checkups, too! In fact, you might even need an eye exam between your normal appointments. Here are the top signs that you need an eye exam.
New Health Diagnosis
Have you received a health diagnosis recently? Well, certain diseases and health diagnoses can affect your eyes. Some illnesses that can have an impact on your vision include diabetes, lupus, and some thyroid conditions. If this is the case for you, or you’re unsure, see an eye doctor to discuss the diagnosis and make a plan.
Your Vision Changed
If you’re squinting more lately, straining to see, experiencing blurry vision, struggling to see at night, or having more frequent headaches, schedule an eye exam. If your vision has changed in any way, you should visit your optometrist as soon as possible.
You’re Seeing Flashes and Floaters
Get to an eye doctor if you’re noticing lines, cobwebs, or tiny spots floating in your field of vision. These are called “floaters”, and they’re an indication that you’re in need of an eye exam – especially if they’re accompanied by bright flashes or loss of peripheral vision. Worst case, this could be a sign of retinal detachment, an issue that requires immediate attention.
If you’re experiencing eye fatigue that lasts a long time or doesn’t go away after some rest, it’s time for a checkup. Eye fatigue that lasts for more than 3 days could be a sign of an infection or another condition.
Sensitive to Light
Go get your eyes checked immediately if you notice a sudden, strong sensitivity to light. It could be a symptom of a bigger problem, like an eye infection, a corneal abrasion, or something even more serious.
You Can’t Remember Your Last Eye Exam
If you’re wondering – wait, when was my last eye exam anyway? Then it’s time for an eye exam! Get to the optometrist ASAP. Screening leads to earlier treatment and can help prevent a lot of problems. Remember: a lot of eye diseases start off with no symptoms
Good health includes taking care of your eyes. Make sure you get regular eye exams – and if you notice any of these signs, book your eye appointment right away!
Hakim Optical has provided Canadians with quality corrective lenses at a value that can’t be beat for over 55 years. Our knowledgeable staff and optometrists are here to help you find an eyewear solution tailored specifically to you.