Be honest: when was your last eye exam? Truth is, many of us take our eyes for granted and tend to put off routine exams with the eye doctor. Unfortunately, this can lead to harm to your precious eyesight and as well as serious health issues. To make sure you are doing everything you can to care for your eyes, here are 5 signs it’s time for an eye exam.
1. It Has Been a While Since Your Last Eye Exam
Hey, time flies! You need to go in for regular eye exams at least once a year (more often if recommended by your doctor). But if you have been putting off proper eye care, or simply missed your last appointment, it is time to get in and get those eyes checked. This also goes for your annual physicals. It can be helpful to schedule both around the same time to make sure you complete these important appointments each year.
2. Difficulty Seeing or Focusing on Things
One easy way to tell if you are due for an eye exam is a difficulty seeing or focusing on things. Over time, our eyesight can change for a number of reasons. Many times, these changes can be very slight and may not even be noticed at first. Eventually, you will notice a change in your vision that will require more squinting to see the TV, computer or a movie screen for example. In some cases, your night vision will become worse, making driving a dangerous task at times.
3. Unexplained Headaches or Pains
When our eyes have to strain to function properly, it causes a chain reaction in other parts of our bodies. Namely, we can experience bad headaches or eye pain more often than normal. When you experience eye pains or headaches that last for more than a day, then you may need to go in for an eye exam. The list of causes for these issues is long, but any pain that lasts over a day can be something serious and should be examined by an eye doctor.
4. Watery Eyes
Our eyes will water throughout the day for many different reasons. More often than not, this is completely normal and keeps our eyes healthy and injury-free. In some cases, excessive eye watering can be a sign of something more serious. Minor issues like dry eyes or foreign matter can cause us to tear up without requiring any medical assistance. Other issues like pink eye or a change in eyesight may require treatment from an eye doctor.
5. Light Sensitivity
Increased sensitivity to light can be a sure sign that it is time for an eye exam. A wide variety of issues can cause light sensitivity, including disease, injury, and infection. To be on the safe side, schedule an appointment with your eye doctor if you experience increased light sensitivity.
So…Is It Time?
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, or if you just know you’re past due for an eye exam, call Matossian Eye Associates to schedule your next eye doctor visit, (800) 708-8800 or click to schedule online. Your eyes can’t take care of you without proper care for them.