There are two types of people in this world: Those who go to eye exams on schedule and those that put it off as long as they can. Usually its because they're having an acute issue with their vision.
We get it. Life's busy. Between work, running errands and taking the kids to soccer practice its easy to ignore the warnings signs and continue to put off getting your eyes checked.
Here are 6 signs you're way over due for an eye exam:
1. You 're eyes are extremely dry. Burning, stinging sensation every time you blink? Then most likely it's dry eyes. This is a common condition that occurs when your tears aren't able to provide adequate lubrication for your eyes. Causes of dry eye can include prolonged exposure to digital screens, medications, allergies, exposure to environmental factors such as wind, and smoke.
Signs and symptoms, usually affect both eyes, may include: - A stinging, burning or scratchy sensation in your eyes.
- Sensitivity to light
- Eye redness
- A sensation of having something in your eyes, like sand
- Difficulty wearing contact lenses
- Difficulty with nighttime driving
- Watery eyes; the body's response to compensate for a lack of moisture in the eye
- Blurred vision or eye fatigue
2. You're having a harder time seeing things. Decreased vision is a definite sign that you should have your eyes checked. It may just be something as simple as needing your prescription updated or you could be dealing with dry eye or something more serious like a vision threatening illness such as Glaucoma.
3. You have double vision. Seeing double can be pretty crazy, but it could just be that you need glasses or an updated prescription. However if you’re experiencing double vision along with symptoms like trouble speaking, paralysis or numbness on one side of your body, and trouble walking, go to the emergency room.
4. Your eyes are constantly red. Persistently red eyes is an obvious indicator that something with your eye health is off. A good general rule is to have your eyes examined by an eye care provider for any redness persisting beyond 24 hours.
5. Your eyes tear up alot. Dry eye is a surprising potential factor that can cause excessively watery eyes. Your eyes are so dry that your tear glands are trying to help rectify this. Drops to help lessen the severity are recommended on a daily basis. However your optometrist could recommend a more aggressive routine such as 3-4 times daily along with vitamins.
6. You can't remember the last time you had an eye exam. I've heard this time and time again. My eyes feel fine or I got Lasik so my vision is good. Even if your eyes feel like perfection, you need to see your eye doctor regularly. That’s the only way to detect and get ahead of conditions like glaucoma or cataracts that can progress without you realizing it.
Remember that if you wear glasses or contacts, your prescription will likely expire every one to two years, meaning you should see your eye doctor regularly. Same goes if you have any other eye health issues, like a family history of cataracts. In Ontario OHIP covers the cost of eye exams for children 19 and under and seniors 65 and over.
Call us to book your eye exam at (905) 238-0202 or book online at www.eyebaroptical.com