You may have eaten carrots your whole life, but you’re still not completely protected from vision loss. Vision loss may come on slowly, so people assume it’s a part of aging, something that just happens. But the truth is that vision loss isn’t a given. Regular appointments with an optometrist may be able to help you delay vision loss, or at least help you adjust to changes in your sight.
One day, many of us will notice street signs are harder to read, colors are less defined, or the lights in the office seem dimmer. Sometimes these are signs of loss of vision. If you experience any of the following scenarios, talk to a healthcare professional or get an eye exam.
1. Are you bumping into things?
If you start bumping into objects, running into walls, or stubbing your toe on furniture that you used to walk around, then it may not be simple clumsiness. You may have vision loss.
2. Do you squint to read?
Is reading your favorite book more difficult than ever? Do you find yourself needing extra lighting, even in a well-lit room? If so, you may be experiencing vision loss. This can affect your ability to navigate around town or perform at work, so get issues checked out when they arise.
3. Do you struggle to distinguish faces?
Losing your ability to quickly recognize people you know can be scary. If the details of faces are becoming hard for you to distinguish, certain eye conditions may be causing blind spots in the center of your vision.
4. Do you see rings or flashes?
“Halos and glare” may be the result of a larger problem. These irregularities in your vision can be distracting or debilitating, depending on the severity of the issue. Any obstructions in your vision that persist or get worse are something to take seriously.
5. Do you have eye pain?
Eye pain is associated with a number of issues. It could mean something has gotten into your eye or a condition is affecting your vision. If you have eye pain, you should speak with a professional so he or she can locate the origin of the pain.
If you are experiencing any of these issues, a comprehensive dilated eye exam can closely inspect the condition of your eyes. According to the National Eye Institute, an annual comprehensive dilated eye exam is recommended for:
- Everyone after the age of 60
- African-Americans after the age of 40, due to the risk of glaucoma
- Anyone with diabetes, regardless of age
If your vision begins to deteriorate, speak with a healthcare professional. The sooner you can get help, the more likely you are to save your remaining vision. Asking for help is not always easy, but it may pay off in the long-term if you get the right help.
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