Imagine how your life would change if you lost the use of your eyes. Your vision is a crucial part of your life, and it’s incredibly important to stay aware of your eye health and take note of any change in vision. Scrutinizing any changes in your eyes can help you preserve your vision before what seems like a minor inconvenience becomes a bigger, and perhaps permanent, problem.
How do you know if your eye problem is a serious one and has the potential to lead to severe eye damage? Below, we discuss some critical ‘Do Not Ignore’ warning signs of eye-related issues so that you know when you need to reach out for professional eye care.
Sudden Distorted or Blurred Vision
If you suddenly experience blurry or distorted vision, it can be a symptom of a serious eye-related disease. Some of the eye conditions that may cause blurred or distorted vision include age-related macular degeneration, astigmatism, cataracts, conjunctivitis (pink eye), detached or torn retina and macular edema (build-up of fluid in the retina).
Constant headaches can also be a sign of a serious eye-related illness. If you feel throbbing or sharp pain in the temples, you should immediately consult a doctor. Some of the eye conditions associated with constant headaches include migraine, angle-closure glaucoma, refractive error and photokeratitis (a painful eye condition caused by exposure to UV rays).
Dry eyes and the accompanying scratchy and gritty feeling are a very irritating condition. With dry eyes, lack of moisture makes it difficult for your eyes to produce enough tears to provide adequate lubrication. Dry eyes can be a common symptom of chronic dry eye, blepharitis (inflammation of the eyelids) and bell’s palsy, so you should consult an ophthalmologist if your dry eye condition persists.
If you have watery eyes and have been experiencing excessive tearing for some time, visit a doctor to determine if it is due to a serious issue. Constant tearing is associated with bacterial keratitis (an infection of the cornea), blocked tear ducts and conjunctivitis (pink eye). However, it may also be due to dry eyes and allergies.
Swelling in and around the eye region can be due to trauma in the head, neck or face. Damaged or inflamed tissue around the eye can cause swelling and color changes. Swelling can indicate various eye problems such as blepharitis, blocked tear ducts, cellulitis, conjunctivitis (pink eye), corneal ulcers, sclerites and Graves’ disease.
Crossed eyes is a condition in which both eyes are unable to look in the same direction. It occurs in people who have poor eye muscle control or are farsighted. If you find that your eyes are crossing, you should reach out to a doctor to find out if a prescription may help, or if surgery may be necessary.
We Can Help
We are a doctor-owned medical optometry practice with seven locations throughout central and southern Maine. If you have any questions about your eye health, please feel free to call us at 207-729-8474. Our team of experts make sure you receive the best eye care experience.