Setting up doctor’s appointments is something we all tend to put on the back burner. It isn’t a fun way to spend your time and money, but it’s a necessity. A trip to the eye doctor is the only way to get prescription glasses or contact to correct poor vision, but that isn’t the only reason you should make an appointment! If you’re having one of these symptoms, even if you think your vision is fine, it’s time to schedule your next check-up.
If you’re squinting to get a better look at things, your eyes are likely worse than you realize. Squinting can cause consistent headaches and put a strain on your eyes. If you continue to squint instead of getting corrective lenses, your vision will only continue to worsen. Pay attention when you’re looking at road signs or reading text from your phone – you may be squinting a lot more than you realize!
Squinting is one possible cause of headaches, but it isn’t the only cause. If you notice frequent headaches are interrupting your day to day life, schedule an appointment! The headaches can be caused by simple vision issues like an anti-stigmatism, or more severe conditions like glaucoma. There will likely be a quick and easy fix to resolve your headaches but you won’t know until the optometrist takes a closer look.
Eye pain is a generic symptom that could come from many causes. If your eye pain is paired with redness, swelling, and discharge, it’s probably infected. An infected eye requires antibiotic eye drops to heal properly. You could also be suffering from a scratched cornea, glaucoma, eye cancer, and so much more. Instead of living with the eye pain on your own or trying to self-diagnose, it’s best to let the professionals do their job! You may even get lucky and find out that pesky eye pain is caused by a simple dry eye that can be relieved with moistening drops.
Tell your eye doctor how long it’s been since your last visit and be honest with them about the symptoms you’re experiencing. You’ll walk out of the appointment with better vision, an understanding of what’s causing your symptoms, and more confidence in the importance of visiting the eye doctor! Even if you aren’t having any symptoms, call today to schedule your next eye exam and make sure your eyes are healthy.