Our vision is so essential to maintaining our overall wellness and quality of life. While it may be easy to take for granted, it’s important to take a proactive approach to the health of your eyes, especially as the years go on. It’s very common for people to simply ignore telltale signs of potential vision issues while they are in their earliest and most treatable stages. So in honor of Healthy Vision Month this July, the healthcare providers here at Family Practice Center wanted to discuss the common warning signs of vision issues for people to be aware of.
We recommend keeping an eye out for the following symptoms:
- Any sudden changes to vision quality
- Sudden and recurring pain in or around the eyes
- Hazy, blurry, or double vision
- Swelling or redness around the eyes
- The appearance of floating spots or “spider webs”, also known as floaters
- Sensitivity to light or glare including seeing halos around lights
- Noticing darkening vision in one eye
- A changes to the color of the iris
- The appearance of small white areas or specks in the pupil of the eye
- Experiencing itching, burning, or a heavy discharge in the eyes
While it’s important to act on any of these symptoms to make sure that your vision is still healthy, there are more urgent emergency symptoms to be aware of as well. In some cases, vision issues can be a sign of more serious health conditions including high blood pressure, diabetes, and Lyme disease. We highly recommend seeking out medical care if you experience sudden loss of vision in either eye, loss of peripheral vision, or a curtain-like blotting out of vision.
It’s very important to be aware of these symptoms and not wait until there is an issue to address the state of your vision. In the long-run, you will likely be grateful for taking a more proactive approach to the health of your eyes. For more information or to schedule an appointment today, please contact Family Practice Center. Don’t forget to follow along with us on Facebook for additional health tips, news, and more.