Even if you have great eye health now, some risk factors could affect how your eyes will be in the future. Keep reading to learn more about your eyes, and how to tell if you should make an appointment with your eye doctor in the near future.
How should I best monitor my eye health?
If you experience any of the below symptoms, we recommend making an appointment with your eye doctor in the near future to make sure your eyes are healthy.
Look out for issues such as:
-Unusual, or painful, sensitivity to light or glare
-Swollen, red eyes
-Sudden development of persistent floaters
-Itching, burning, or a heavy discharge in the eyes
-Any sudden change in vision
-Hazy or blurry vision
Am I at risk for developing an eye disease?
There are many diseases that can affect the eye, and they aren’t all linked to the same issues. It’s important to understand your risk factors and how they affect your chances of developing an issue.
If you’re getting a little older, you are more likely to develop cataracts, macular degeneration, and other eye diseases that seem to come along with older age. Old age may bring along a need for reading glasses, which is fairly common.
Some risk factors are broad enough to mention here. If you have diabetes, are extremely overweight, drink excessively, are exposed to high amounts of sunlight or radiation, or have a family history of eye disorders, some eye issues will be more likely to develop. If you have one or more of these risk factors, we recommend checking in with your eye doctor to help create a plan to keep your eyes healthy.
How often do you recommend I return for a comprehensive eye exam?
We recommend coming in for a yearly eye exam if you have “normal” or fairly healthy eyes. Most people who need glasses or contacts are perfectly suited for a yearly exam schedule. If you have risk factors or an eye disease that needs more frequent monitoring, we will let you know.