As you age, the potential for developing eye problems increases. Knowing the symptoms of common vision issues can help you take the right steps towards good eye health and early diagnosis.
AARP has put together a helpful guide on the signs and symptoms of eye problems. Common signs that you may need to see an optometrist include:
- Blurred or double vision – Blurry vision can be caused by many different conditions, including cataracts and glaucoma.
- Floaters – These are spots (or cobwebs) that appear in your vision. Floaters can be an indication of a retinal tear or detachment and should be checked out by an optometrist.
- Sudden eye pain – Sudden, sharp pain in the eyes can be a sign of an infection or inflammation.
- Objects starting to look wavy – If you notice that straight lines suddenly look like they have waves in them, it could indicate macular degeneration.
- Redness or swelling of the eyes – This can be a sign of infection or inflammation and should be checked out right away.
Catching these symptoms early on is critical for identifying possible eye problems and getting the right treatment. If you are experiencing any of these signs, make an appointment to see an optometrist as soon as possible. Early diagnosis and treatment can help to keep your vision healthy and protect it from further damage.