If you have eyes, you should be seeing an eye doctor on a regular basis. Even if you don’t wear glasses or need contacts, a yearly appointment with your eye doctor is important to help maintain proper eye health. If you have great vision, it can be hard to justify seeing one more doctor, but our eyes are important. Even if you have great eyes now, there could be risk factors affecting the health of your eyes in the future. Keep reading to learn more about your eyes, and how to tell if you should make an appointment sooner rather than later with us.
Am I at risk for developing an eye disease?
There are many diseases of the eye, and they aren’t all caused by the same thing. So, to be careful, it’s important to understand your specific risk factors. Things like family history can also indicate a higher chance of developing certain eye issues, like cataracts.
If you’re advancing in age, you are more likely to have cataracts, macular degeneration, and other eye diseases that seem more common with age. You may not even have a disease, but old age could bring along a need for reading glasses.
Overall, if you have diabetes, are extremely overweight, drink excessively, are exposed to high amounts of sunlight or radiation, or have a family history of eye disorders, you have an increased risk of developing certain eye issues.
How should I best monitor my eye health?
If you find yourself hesitant to see an eye doctor regularly, that is your choice. But, if you do experience any of the below symptoms, we recommend seeing an eye doctor soon to make sure your eyes are healthy.
Look out for issues like:
-Severe, sudden eye pain
-Recurrent pain in or around the eye
-Hazy, blurred, or double vision
-Seeing flashes of light or sudden bright floating spots
-Seeing rainbows or halos around lights
-Seeing floating “spider webs”
If you want to learn more about how you can keep your eyes healthy, give us a call to schedule a consultation at (701) 235-5200 today.