When is the Right Time to Have an Eye Exam?

Eye ExamThe World Health Organization says around 285 million people have visual problems and 80% of them can be cured. Unlike dental problem, it is not necessary to have an eye check-up several times a year. But it is also important to have your eyes checked every now and then. For Eyes Only says staying alert to your eyes’ existing condition can prepare you for any problem in the future.

To get to know your eyes better, here are some common signs of vision problems that require an eye exam:

  1. Frequent headaches

Recurring headaches can be a sign of a vision problem. If not treated immediately, the problem can get worse and damage your vision permanently.

  1. Recurrent squinting

When you have a hard time seeing, squinting allows you to see better, because it decreases unnecessary light. If you notice yourself doing this often, it may be time for an eye exam.

  1. Nausea and vomiting

If you are experiencing discomfort such as nausea, vomiting, sudden pain or redness in the eye, consult your eye doctor immediately. They may be symptoms of glaucoma, an increase pressure within the eyeball.

  1. Trouble focusing

If you are suddenly experiencing blurred vision, do not take it lightly. This sign can mean more serious vision problems not yet known.

  1. Gradual changes on your sight

Gradual yet noticeable changes in the way you view things can also be a bad sign.  These include reading a book farther away or closer than usual, and moving the computer screen farther away or adjusting the screen lights to enhance clearness.

Having your eyes examined can reduce the chances of getting severe eye problems. Your eye doctor will recommend eyeglasses to improve your vision. You can also wear contact lenses for added convenience. Talk to your eye doctor to determine which option is best for you.