Everyone is issued only one pair of eyes and it’s just good common sense to visit an eye clinic or an eye doctor on a regular basis in order to maintain good eye health. Certain eye symptoms or medical conditions if left untreated can cause distortion of vision and in some cases even lead to partial or complete blindness. All the time and money invested in eye care is well worth the effort. There are certain symptoms that require immediate medical attention and should be responded to as quickly as possible with the soonest appointment available with an eye care professional.
Any sudden loss of vision may be a symptom of retinal detachment. This occurs when the retina at the back of the eye suffers a retinal tear or other issue that eliminates the eye’s ability to see images. Retinal detachments or tears require eye surgery to fix the problem and in most cases can restore the patient’s vision to normal.
Glaucoma is a medical condition in which pressure builds up inside the eyeball and can lead to loss of vision or blindness. Because glaucoma has no telltale symptoms, individuals who have a history of this eye disorder in their families should be checked on an annual basis with a glaucoma test.
Diabetic retinopathy is a progressive eye disease in which the eye’s blood vessels sustain damage and can affect good vision. Anyone who has diabetes must remain vigilant about protecting the good health of their eyes with professional medical care to prevent eye diseases associated with a diabetic condition. Macular degeneration is a condition that often affects the senior population. When the central area of the retina starts to degenerate due to aging, an individual often is left with only periphereal vision.
There are less serious eye conditions which should still be checked out by a medical professional if they don’t clear up in a day or two using over the counter medications. Sore eyes could be a result of trauma to the eye or prolonged exposure to dust, pollution or eye strain. Red eyes may be the result of a burst blood vessel in the eye which is harmless or may be a symptom of the patient’s allergies. Tiny specks of light known as floaters that seem to float across the field of vision on an occasional basis are usually harmless, but if they happen on a regular or constant basis, an eye examination should be scheduled to rule out a more serious problem.