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When Do You Need An Eye Exam? 8 Signs That It’s Time To Have Your Eyes Tested

Whether you wear glass­es or have nev­er expe­ri­enced vision cor­rec­tion, you like­ly do not think about the qual­i­ty of your eye­sight on a dai­ly basis. How­ev­er, most indi­vid­u­als expe­ri­ence some eye­sight changes over time, even if these changes are grad­ual enough to be over­looked.

Eye­sight test­ing iden­ti­fies and helps track changes in your vision. Hav­ing reg­u­lar eye exams is a cru­cial part of ear­ly diag­no­sis of eye con­di­tions, appro­pri­ate vision cor­rec­tion, and safe­ty when you dri­ve or oper­ate machin­ery.
But when do you need your eye­sight test­ed? Sched­ule an appoint­ment with a pro­fes­sion­al eye doc­tor when you have any of the fol­low­ing eight expe­ri­ences.

1. CHANGES IN NIGHT VISION

When you dri­ve at night, can you clear­ly see oth­er cars on the road and read rel­e­vant road signs? For many adults, the first sign of a vision change is increased dif­fi­cul­ty when dri­ving at night.
If you see halos around lights, can­not read signs, or have trou­ble dis­tin­guish­ing objects like tele­phone poles at night, talk to an optometrist.

2. DIAGNOSIS OF A HEALTH CONDITION AFFECTING THE EYES

Your over­all health, from your nutri­tion to your sleep habits, can affect the way your eyes feel and func­tion. If you were recent­ly diag­nosed with dia­betes, lupus, a thy­roid con­di­tion, or any oth­er con­di­tion that could affect your eyes, you will need to take par­tic­u­lar care of your eye health.
Start by dis­cussing your diag­no­sis with an eye doc­tor and under­go­ing a vision test.

3. EYE INFECTION OR DISCHARGE

Eye exams don’t just iden­ti­fy changes in vision—they also give your optometrist an oppor­tu­ni­ty to eval­u­ate the health of your eyes and eye­lids.
While some eye infec­tions clear up on their own, many are con­ta­gious and come with the risk of per­ma­nent dam­age. If you expe­ri­ence itch­i­ness, red­ness, or dis­charge, see an eye doc­tor.

4. FREQUENT HEADACHES OR MIGRAINES

Headaches can result from mus­cle ten­sion, stress, and inflam­ma­tion, but they can also serve as warn­ing signs that your vision is chang­ing. If you notice an increase in your headache fre­quen­cy or inten­si­ty, vis­it an eye doc­tor.
If you suf­fer from migraines, you may see auras, spots, or oth­er vision obstruc­tions before, dur­ing, or after an episode. Often, these vision obstruc­tions are harm­less, but in some cas­es, these symp­toms can indi­cate a seri­ous under­ly­ing con­di­tion that’s con­tribut­ing to the migraines and may be affect­ing eye health.

5. PERSISTENT VISION DISRUPTIONS

Vision dis­rup­tions can also occur with­out an accom­pa­ny­ing migraine. In addi­tion to auras and black spots, you may notice small “floaters” that seem to move across your eyes or flash­es of light.
If these obstruc­tions appear sud­den­ly, seek imme­di­ate atten­tion from an eye doc­tor. These dis­rup­tions can result from a seri­ous issue such as reti­nal detach­ment or reti­nal holes.

6. RECURRENT EYE FATIGUE

Eye fatigue or strain can occur for a num­ber of rea­sons, includ­ing spend­ing a lot of time in front of a com­put­er screen or read­ing. How­ev­er, if your dis­com­fort per­sists for three or more days, the eye strain may hint at an eye infec­tion or con­di­tion.
Addi­tion­al­ly, if you notice your eyes hurt dur­ing spe­cif­ic move­ments, like when you look from left to right, sched­ule an eye exam.

7. SENSITIVITY TO LIGHT

A strong sen­si­tiv­i­ty to light, espe­cial­ly a sen­si­tiv­i­ty that appears sud­den­ly, can be a symp­tom of an eye infec­tion, corneal abra­sion, or even a cen­tral ner­vous sys­tem dis­or­der like menin­gi­tis. Have this sen­si­tiv­i­ty assessed by an eye doc­tor to deter­mine the like­ly cause.

8. SUDDEN DIFFICULTY FOCUSING

Many eye con­di­tions first man­i­fest as dif­fi­cul­ty focus­ing on a spe­cif­ic object in your field of vision or blur­ri­ness when you focus on a sin­gle object. Some indi­vid­u­als expe­ri­ence incon­sis­tent focus issues. For exam­ple, you may only have trou­ble focus­ing in cer­tain lev­els of light or the prob­lem may move from one eye to the oth­er. Dif­fi­cul­ty focus­ing can also be linked to spe­cif­ic tasks such as read­ing small print or look­ing at an elec­tron­ic device screen.
Even if you only have trou­ble focus­ing occa­sion­al­ly, you should con­sult with an eye health pro­fes­sion­al to rule out any seri­ous eye con­di­tions and iden­ti­fy any changes in vision qual­i­ty.

Even if you do not expe­ri­ence one of these symp­toms, you should pri­or­i­tize hav­ing your vision test­ed at least once every two years or at a fre­quen­cy rec­om­mend­ed by your optometrist. You may need more fre­quent test­ing if you have a fam­i­ly his­to­ry of dia­betes, glau­co­ma, or oth­er rel­e­vant con­di­tions.
Don’t put off rou­tine eye­sight test­ing. Under­stand­ing the qual­i­ty of your vision is an impor­tant step in find­ing vision cor­rec­tion that works for you and pro­tect­ing your sight from poten­tial dam­age in the future.
Have you expe­ri­enced one of the signs list­ed above and need your eye­sight checked by an optometrist? Sched­ule an appoint­ment at the All About Eyes loca­tion near­est you to under­go pre­ci­sion eye­sight test­ing and receive vision improve­ment prod­uct rec­om­men­da­tions from one of our eye doc­tors.

 

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Born in Connecticut and raised in Upstate New York , Dr. Stetson graduated Cum Laude from Colgate University in New York, and then earned an MD degree with honors at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He distinguished himself again in residency at the Albany Medical Center, where he obtained the highest percentile in the Ophthalmology Knowledge Assessment Examinations. Dr. Stetson has performed more than 50,000 refractive surgeries and has been on staff at Diamond Vision since 2004, before becoming Medical Director in 2006.

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