8 EYE SYMPTOMS NOT TO IGNORE
Regular eye exams are a vital component of vision health, but can also impact a person’s general health.Symptoms that are potentially serious can go undetected without a comprehensive eye exam. Eye exams are not only about getting glasses or contactsbut also about attending to any emerging conditions dealing with vision loss.
A study published in the American Academy of Optometry journal Optometry and Vision Science indicates that over 100 million people in the world have correctable vision deficits. It is estimated that only half of the 61 million people who are at high risk for vision loss had an eye exam in the last year.
1) Sudden eyelid droop
A sudden droop in one of your eyes could point to an aneurysm or a bulging weak area in an artery in your brain. They aren’t always dangerous but when they rupture, they can cause brain damage or death.If pupils are unequal in size, the indication for an aneurysm is even stronger.
Anyone experiencing these symptoms should immediately go to an emergency room.
2) Eyeball pain
Sudden pain in your eye, without any apparent injury, could be due to glaucoma with building eye pressure.Other possible reasons include eye inflammation or dry eyes.
Glaucoma is a disease involving optic nerve damage. Eye pressure plays a role in damaging the delicate nerves. When a large number of nerve fibers are impaired, blind spots occur. Eye pain could be an early sign of glaucoma.
If you experience severe pain, make an emergency visit to your eye doctor within 24 hours.
3) Hazy, blurred vision in your visual field
This symptom could be related to a clot that is that is obstructing circulation in the brain, optic nerve, or retina.It could indicate that the person is having a stroke or be at risk for an imminent stroke. Retinal detachment is another possible cause of this symptom.
Go to an emergency room, even if the symptom is transient.
4) Sudden increase in floaters or flashing lights
Floaters are very common for many people…spots that drift and are even more pronounce is certain lighting. Infrequent floaters are not dangerous, but a sudden increase of floaters or flashing lights can mean a retinal tear or detachment requiring immediate surgery. A tear or detachment occurs when the the vitreous pulls away from the retina. Anyone can experience a retinal tear or detachment, but risk factors include age, near sightedness, recent cataract surgery, and trauma.
See your eye doctor immediately within 24 hours.
5) Eye redness
Everyone occasionally has redness in their eyes.Common causes are allergy or acute injury or pink eye. With pink eye, over the counter drops can actually make the condition worse. Early detection and treatment help to halt the contagion.
Infrequent redness in the eyes is not necessarily a concern.However if it occurs more often and is
present with swelling, itching, and soreness, the patient should make an appointment to see the
eye doctor immediately.
6) Foreign object in eye
Foreign objects in the eyes can cause different degrees of pain from scratchy and annoying to
excruciatingly painful. If you are unable to flush out the object with clean water or saline, get
medical assistance promptly. Do not rub or try to remove the object yourself.
7) Discharge from the eye/crusty eye
If you notice a change in the color or consistency of your eye discharge, it could suggest that you have an eye infection. With pink eye, there is usually a thick green or yellow discharge.
8) Blurry vision, especially in one eye
You might chalk up blurry vision to fatigue or even illness, but this can actually be a sign of a variety of serious eye problems, from glaucoma to torn retina to AMD. If you’re experiencing blurry vision, get it checked out. And if the blurred vision is only in one eye, have it checked immediately.
Blurry vision can be a sign of serious eye conditions including a torn retina, Age-Related Macular Degeneration, and glaucoma. Have your eyes checked, and if the blurriness is in only one eye, have it immediately checked as a potential emergency.
You only have one pair of eyes…it is important to take good care of them. Better to be overly cautious with a minor issue than insufficiently attentive to a serious condition. Do not ever hesitate to call your eye doctor with concerns about your eye health. And schedule your regular eye exam as recommended by your doctor.