Here at our practice, we know that your eye health is important to you. Dr. Young H. Choi can help you with any surgical issues, but it's also important to take care of your eyes and track how they're doing when you're not planning on getting LASIK surgery or a similar procedure. You want to check in with your eye doctor from time to time and make sure that you're getting an eye exam when needed. Here are some signs that you might be due for one.
You Have Trouble Focusing
If you've noticed that you have a hard time focusing on a specific object that could be a sign that you need to visit your eye doctor. Even if it's only occasional, it could be an indication of a change in vision quality.
Sensitivity to Light
If bright lights suddenly bother you more than normal, that's another sign that you might want to go in for an eye exam. It could be a symptom of an infection or a larger issue. An eye doctor can help you figure that out before it becomes a bigger problem.
Headaches or Migraines
If you're experiencing headaches or migraines more often, that could be a sign that your vision is changing. Focusing on objects for a long time with outdated glasses or contacts can really put a strain on your eyes. This, in turn, can manifest in painful headaches. If they're especially painful or more common than before, an eye exam might be in order.
Changes in Night Vision
One of the first signs of a significant change in your vision could be when you experience more difficulty at night. If you're having a harder time reading road signs or seeing other vehicles, it's probably time for a trip to the eye doctor. You'll want to see how your vision is changing and get a new prescription that will keep you safer when you drive or walk at night.
A Recent Diagnosis
If you've recently been diagnosed with a disease that could affect your eye health, then you should also schedule an appointment with your eye doctor. Conditions like diabetes or a thyroid issue could end up affecting your eyes, so make sure you're staying ahead of any major changes.
You Don't Remember The Last Time You Had An Exam
If you're reading this blog and trying to remember the last time you had an eye exam with some difficulty, you're probably due for one! Most of the time you'll want to have an exam every one or two years depending on your age. Younger people can benefit from going into the doctor's office more often, since they're eyes are changing at a faster rate as they grow.
You Have an Eye Infection
Many eye infections are minor and clear up on their own, but when it comes to eye health it pays to be cautious. Symptoms like blurred vision, itchiness, or an unusual discharge can all be a sign that you have an infection. An eye exam can help you figure out what needs to be done. Your eye doctor doesn't just help you see in 20/20 vision. They can also help you spot small issues before they result in permanent damage. That's why getting an annual exam is so important to your overall eye health.