Keep Your Eye Health in Check with Regular Eye Exams

There are several indicators that you should schedule a comprehensive eye exam sooner than later. If you are experiencing any of the five symptoms listed below, it’s time to reach out to an eye care professional today.

Your Vision is Becoming Blurry

If your vision suddenly becomes blurred or fuzzy, it is definitely time to schedule an appointment with an eye doctor. The main causes of blurry vision are refractive errors, including nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. If your vision is cloudy, this might be a symptom of cataracts. Blurry vision can occur in one or both eyes.

Blurred vision can be a sign of something more serious, such as eye disease or a neurological disorder. If you experience a sudden onset of blurry vision, do not hesitate to schedule an exam as soon as possible.

An eye doctor will be able to determine the cause of your blurry vision and create a treatment plan that is right for you. Many refractive errors that cause blurry vision can be corrected with LASIK, SMILE, and cataract surgery.

You are Experiencing Eye Pain 

Pain in one or both of your eyes should not be ignored There are many things that can cause eye pain, ranging from contact lens problems to serious infections. Scheduling a comprehensive eye exam with an experienced eye doctor or surgeon will help get to the root of your issue.

Eye pain can be a symptom of acute glaucoma. Glaucoma is a disease in which your eye’s optic nerve becomes damaged due to buildup of increased intraocular pressure. Without early detection and treatment, this damage can result in serious vision loss and blindness. If you are diagnosed with glaucoma, treatment options include eye drop medications and surgical procedure options.

Floaters and Flashes are Appearing

Are you noticing little specks, dots, or circles in your field of vision? These might be floaters. Floaters are actually the shadows of tiny clumps of gel or cells within the vitreous of your eye. They can start appearing if you are nearsighted, have had cataract surgery, or you are experiencing inflammation inside of your eye. Most of the time, floaters are not a big deal, but you should schedule an eye exam if they become more frequent or you experience them with flashes.

Flashes are described to be similar to flashing lights or lightning streaks. These are caused by the vitreous rubbing or pulling on your retina. Flashes can even be a sign of retinal detachment, which can ultimately lead to severe vision loss. It is very important to contact an eye care professional immediately if you begin to experience flashes in your field of vision.

Headaches are More Frequent

Flashes can also be associated with ocular migraines. These migraines can last from 4 to 72 hours, and can be debilitating. Along with flashes, you might experience pain on one side of your head or behind your eyes, or blind spots. 

In order to assess your vision problem, an eye care professional will perform a comprehensive exam. Migraines can be caused by many things, but early detection will be key to keeping your vision as healthy as possible if you are experiencing ocular migraines.

It’s Been More Than A Year Since Your Last Eye Exam

No matter if you are experiencing vision problems or eye pain, you should schedule regular eye exams every year. If it has been more than one year since your annual eye exam, it is time to head in for a comprehensive exam to make sure your eyes are as healthy as can be. 

Schedule a Complimentary Consultation at ADV Vision

Schedule a consultation today at ADV Vision with some of the best vision doctors along the California Central Coast. Our specialists will help determine if you have any serious vision issues and if they can be corrected with procedures like LASIK, SMILE, or PRK eye surgery. ADV Vision combines innovation and state-of-the-art technology with a deep commitment to serving the Central Coast region.