What Eye Problems Should I Take Seriously?

There are a wide range of eye problems people can experience throughout their life span. Some eye problems develop at a certain age and others can develop at any age. Some eye problems may be short-lived but others, the more serious eye problems, can last years. There are some less serious eye problems (that people should take more seriously) that can develop into much more serious eye problems. Here is a breakdown of eye problems that should be taken more seriously if you begin to develop symptoms.

Eye Floaters:

Eye floaters are among the most common eye problems. [define them here] Most of the time, eye floaters fix themselves without the help of an eye doctor. However, changes can come on quickly and become worse over time, so it is important that you are aware of the symptoms. If you experience a sudden increase in the number of floaters, flashes of light, or eye pain, you should contact your eye doctor immediately. 

Eye Twitch:

At some point in your life, odds are you will experience the annoying sensation of an eye twitch. Whether it is due to lack of sleep, stress, too much computer time or caffeine, eye twitches are harmless and will go away on their own. If you experience an eye twitch for longer than 1–2 weeks, you should contact your eye doctor immediately. This may be a sign that an underlying issue is causing the eye to twitch. 

Age-related Macular Degeneration:

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD), affects people over the age of 60. Macular degeneration can also happen to younger individuals that are overweight or have a family history of AMD.. Symptoms of AMD are generally painless, making it very hard to detect without the help of an eye doctor. If you begin to experience blurred vision or, less common, a change in the way you see color, you should contact your eye doctor as soon as possible. AMD can be treated with medication or laser therapy.

Shadowed Vision:

If you experience flashing lights or what looks to be a gray curtain moving across your field of vision, you should immediately see an eye doctor. This is much more than just an eye floater or blurry vision. Shadowed peripheral vision could be the sign of retinal detachment, and if it is not treated quickly it can lead to blindness. 

Red Eye:

Notice we said red eye not red eyes, plural. This is because having only one red eye is more concerning than having two red eyes. Two red, irritated eyes may be the result of a cold or pink eye; one red eye implies something much more serious is going on. Uveitis could be cause of the redness due to the inflammation of the uvea, the middle layer of the eye located under the white of the eye. Uveitis is a term that describes a group of inflammatory diseases. These diseases can cause damage to eye tissues and swelling. Without treatment, this too can result in permanent nerve damage. Treatment for uveitis can be possible if caught early enough by steroid drops. 

If you have experienced any of the symptoms listed above and have not received treatment from an eye doctor, schedule an appointment with a VSP eye doctor in your area today.



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