It is important that you see your optometrist to keep up with your eye health. Most people see their optometrist at least once a year; however, your vision and eye health can change a lot as you get older, so you may need to visit more often. It is important to be aware of how your vision is doing, so here are a few ways to tell if it is time to see your optometrist.
• Something in Your Eye. A foreign object in your eye can be really annoying. The first step is to try to remove it yourself by flushing your eye with cold water. If washing your eye with water isn’t doing the trick, go to an optometrist to get it removed. Trying to remove it with your fingers, or any other object, could cause further damage to your eye. Also, if you can, avoid rubbing your eyes. Rubbing your eyes can cause foreign objects to scrape your cornea and make matters worse.
• Floaters or Spots. A sign of two serious eye issues, retinal holes and retinal detachment, are floaters or spots that disrupt your vision by floating in front of your eye when you move it. If you notice something constantly getting in the way of your eyesight, you need to call an optometrist as soon as possible.
• Eye Pain or Infection. Eye pain every now and then is common, but if you are experiencing constant eye pain, redness, and puffiness, it is time to go see an optometrist. Constant intense eye pain could mean you are developing or have an infection. It could also be a sign of another serious health problem.
If you are noticing any of these issues or other eye problems, call us at Dr. Miller & Dr. Tilis Family Optometry to schedule an appointment today.