5 Signs It’s Time to Get Your Eyes Checked

We all know getting our eyes checked  is a must, but being the busy bodies that we are, we tend to brush off this obligation we have to ourselves to ensure optimum health. But there are certain situations that make it imperative for us to actually pay our eye doctor a visit.

Flickr.com / Ken Teegardin
Flickr.com / Ken Teegardin

Here are 5 signs you need to squeeze eye check-up into your crowded calendar:

1. Your vision is getting blurry.

A blurry vision and similar focus issues can be telling of a more complicated health problem. It goes without saying that you don’t want to aggravate this condition by visiting your doctor right away.

2. You get frequent headaches.

A headache is an early warning sign of a vision problem. Remember that his condition can be gradual, and a headache (particularly when you read or focus on something) may be telling your something that needs urgent medical attention.

3. You experience eye pain.

Eye infection, eye fatigue, eye strain – the list of possibilities goes on and on. Go get yourself checked to find out what exactly it is you’re dealing with.

4. You can’t stand the light or you squint a lot.

For kids in particular, one of the primary signs that it is time for eyeglasses is frequent squinting or light sensitivity. Did you know that this is a sign of an underlying eye problem that, if undetected and untreated, may cause permanent vision loss?

5. It’s been two years since your last eye exam.

Older people, those in the 40-year-old range, should visit their eye doctor every two years to make sure there aren’t any developing eye problems and any such will be detected and remedied before they worsen.