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When to Get Your Vision Checked

Often, when either children an adults experience poor vision, it can be due to a number of factors such as anatomical changes or abnormalities in the eye, diseases affecting the eye, side effects caused by medicine or injury. Many people also suffer from visual disturbances associated with age or eye strain. Aging and stress can result in changes in your vision, which can sometimes cause discomfort and even make it harder to perform daily activities such as reading fine print or using a computer for long periods. These vision problems can be expressed via the following symptoms: eye strain, headache, blurred vision, squinting and problems seeing at short or long distances.

Blurred vision is one of the most commonly occurring signs of a vision problem. If you report blurred vision when you are looking at faraway objects or signs, you may very well be myopic or nearsighted. Blurred vision that's present when you are looking at something nearby could mean you suffer from hyperopia, or farsightedness. It can also be a symptom of astigmatism because of an irregularity in the way the cornea is formed. No matter the reason you have blurry vision, it's really important that an eye care professional examine your vision and prescribe a solution to help clarify your sight.

A sudden onset of flashes of light, together with floating black spots and the sensation of a dark curtain blocking a portion of your vision indicates you might have what's known as a retinal detachment. If this is the case, make an appointment to see your eye doctor promptly, as this can have severe consequences for your eyesight.

Another common sign of a vision problem is trouble distinguishing shades or intensity of color. This indicates color blindness. Interestingly, this condition is generally unknown to the patient until proven by testing. Color blindness is mostly something that affects males. If present in a female it may represent ocular disease, and an eye doctor needs to be consulted. If you can't see objects in minimal light, it could mean the patient suffers from night blindness.

Cataracts, a condition frequently seen aging patients have a number of indicating signs which include: unclear vision that is worse in bright light, weak night vision, trouble seeing small writing or details, the need for brighter light when reading, improvement in near vision but a decline in distance vision, inflammation of the eye, and a pale look to the normally dark pupil.

Throbbing eye pain, headaches, unclear sight, redness in the eye, rainbow halos around lights, nausea and vomiting are indicators of glaucoma, a serious medical illness, which needs immediate medical attention.

When it comes to children, it is important to look out for weak eye movement, or eyes that cross in or out, which may indicate a vision problem called strabismus. Some behavior, like rubbing eyes frequently, squinting, head tilting, or the need to close one eye in order to see things better, often indicate this issue.

If you experience any of the symptoms listed here, make an appointment with your eye doctor as soon as possible. Even though some conditions could be more severe than others, any disruption to normal eyesight can be something that really affects your quality of life. A short consultation with your optometrist can prevent being avoidably uncomfortable, or further eye and vision problems.