Even if you have perfect vision, or think you don't need to see the eye doctor regularly, there are certain issues with your vision or your eyes you should always seek professional care for. Here is a list of things you should never hesitate to see your optometrist about.
If you experience double vision, a variety of issues could be a cause. You may have one eye that sees better than the other one, putting strain on your eyes to see clearly. You may also only experience double vision during certain times of the day, such as at night. A quick exam from your eye doctor can pinpoint why your double vision issues are occurring, and you may get a prescription pair of glasses or contact lenses to help you see more clearly.
Note: if you have diabetes or high blood pressure and you are experiencing double vision, you should let your eye doctor know about your health history. You may have diabetes-related vision issues that need special attention and immediate care.
A day of being out on the snow slopes or out on the water can do damage to your eyes, turning the whites of them a vicious red. You may also experience pain, grittiness, or a scratching sensation in your eyes. Your eye doctor can examine your eyes to make sure you don't get scars on your eyes from the sun damage you have gotten as well as prescribe you numbing and soothing drops to help you recover from your injury. Always wear sunglasses when out in the sun to prevent future sun damage to your eyes.
Blurred vision in one area of your eye or in just one eye can mean a more serious condition, such as cataracts or even glaucoma. If your blurred vision comes and goes based on the lighting in the room or whether you are working at a computer or not, then the issue may be stress related. If your blurred vision continues or is accompanied by dizziness, nausea, headaches, eye strain, or continues to worsen, you need to see an optometrist right away. They can look at your overall vision and see if you need a new prescription if you currently have one, or get you a prescription that will work to correct your vision if you have never worn glasses before. The sooner blurred vision is addressed, the sooner you can get relief from your symptoms.