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Recognizing When to Get Your Vision Checked

Poor vision in adults or children can be the result of several possible conditions including anatomical changes or irregularities in the eye, diseases affecting the eye, side effects of medicine or injuries to the eye. Many people also suffer from visual disturbances due to aging or eye strain. These experiences can lead to changes in your vision, which may sometimes cause pain and even make it harder to perform daily activities, like reading fine print or working on a computer for extended periods of time. Common symptoms of such vision problems include blurry vision, headaches, eye strain, and problems seeing at short or long distances.

One of the most common signs of a vision problem can be blurred vision. If you suffer from blurred vision when focusing on faraway objects or signs, you could be nearsighted, or myopic. If you suffer from blurred vision when you’re viewing objects close by this could mean you suffer from farsightedness, or hyperopia. Blurred vision can also mean you have astigmatism because of an abnormality in the way the cornea is formed. No matter the reason you have blurry vision, it’s vital that an eye doctor examine your vision and decide on the best way to rectify your sight.

Another indicator of a vision problem is the inability to distinguish between shades or intensity of color. This generally means the patient has color blindness. Color blindness is generally unknown to the patient until proven via a consultation. Color blindness is mostly found in males. If a woman has problems perceiving color it might represent ocular disease, and an eye doctor needs to be consulted. For people who struggle to distinguish between objects in minimal light, it could mean the patient suffers from night blindness.

Cataracts, a condition frequently seen older people have several warning signs including: unclear vision that worsens in bright light, weak night vision, difficulty seeing small writing or objects, the need for brighter light when reading, seeing duplicates in one eye, painful inflammation of the eye, and an opaque white appearance to the usually dark pupil.

Throbbing eye pain, headaches, blurry sight, inflammation in the eye, rainbow rings around lights, nausea and vomiting are also signs of glaucoma, a severe medical illness, which calls for prompt medical attention.

In children, it is important to look out for weak eye movement, or eyes that cross in or out, which could indicate a condition known as strabismus. Specific things children might do, like rubbing eyes, squinting, head tilting, or needing to close one eye to look at things better, often indicate this issue.

If you are familiar with any of the symptoms mentioned here, see your eye doctor promptly. Even though some conditions are more serious than others, anything that restricts clear sight will be something that really affects your quality of life. A quick appointment with your optometrist can prevent being avoidably uncomfortable, not to mention even more severe eye and vision problems.