There are some clear cut times when seeing an optometrist for a vision need is necessary. But there are other times when you may be unsure if seeing one is needed, because the issue may just be a fluke. However, there are instances that may seem harmless but actually require the immediate attention of a medical professional.
One of these symptoms many of us would seek help for is sudden blurry vision. This can be a signal for a larger medical issue, such as a severe head injury or brain tumor. However, not everything is as simple to figure out as this one. Here are four other signs that you need to see an optometrist immediately!
Loss of vision in one eye
While this may seem apparent that something is wrong, it may be easy to shrug off an instance where your vision leaves briefly and comes back quickly. However, having random bouts of vision loss, even if it’s only in a single eye, is still highly alarming and should pique your attention. This can signal problems with the internal structures of the eye, and perhaps mean that there is pressure being put on your optic nerve. This can lead to permanent blindness if not addressed, so get this checked out right away!
Tunneling of vision
Tunnel vision can happen for a variety of reasons. Sometimes it can happen if you move from a reclining/sitting position too quickly, causing blood pressure to drop. However, if your vision regularly gives in to this “tunnel” phenomenon, you should see an eye doctor right away. This can indicate that your optic nerve has been damaged, whether it be from trauma or other sources. Compromised peripheral vision is no joke, so you should visit an eye doctor right away if this happens to you.
Discomfort when blinking
When your eyes are dry, it can be slightly uncomfortable to blink. It may feel like “sandpaper in your eyes.” However, if your eyes are consistently pained when you blink, then you should visit your optometrist. This can be caused by issues other than just dry eyes. It could indicate an irritant in your eyes, or possible scratches to your cornea. These need to be examined by a professional, so don’t delay if you experience this discomfort for an extended time!
Inability to see in the dark
For some of us, it can be slightly more difficult to see in the dark because of nearsightedness. This is an issue that cannot be helped. However, if you have recently started to have problems seeing at night, whether it be in the dark general or when driving, you should consult your doctor immediately. Night blindness can indicate possible underlying medical issues, such as cataracts or different hereditary conditions that may be undetected. Don’t delay seeing your physician for this issue, as the condition may worsen and lead to further complications.