Are noticeable changes in your vision a cause for concern? If you notice any vision changes, it’s best to see your local optometrist for an eye exam. Vision changes are caused by several factors, which is why it’s possible vision changes may be a symptom of a more serious underlying condition.
What are the common causes of vision changes?
Causes of Vision Changes
According to nonprofit charity the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation, the majority of cases involving vision loss are age-related. It’s estimated that one person in three will have some form of vision-reducing condition by the time they turn 65. The four most common vision conditions among older Americans are age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataracts, and diabetic retinopathy.
Symptoms Accompanying Changes in Your Vision
Aside from noticeable changes in your vision, you may experience one or more of the following symptoms:
- Pain in your eyes
- Red eyes
- Blurred vision
- Double vision
- Floaters or small spots in your vision
- Flashing light
- Loss of vision in one eye
If you experience any of the aforementioned symptoms, along with noticeable changes in your vision, you should schedule an appointment for your eye exam.
Preventing Vision Complications
Even if you haven’t noticed changes in your vision or experienced any of the said symptoms, it’d still be a good idea to undergo a routine eye exam. Remember: Your risk for vision problems increases as you age. Early detection and treatment can help mitigate or prevent potential vision loss. As a rule of thumb, people under 50 years should undergo an eye exam every two to three years while those with health risk factors or aged 50 and above should see their eye doctor at least once a year.
Looking for optometrists near your area?
Eyes on Norbeck offers a wide range of professional eye care services as well as prescription eyeglasses. In response to the coronavirus outbreak, we’ve taken additional steps to provide a safe environment for our patients. To schedule an appointment, call us at (301) 238-7199 or fill out this form. We serve homeowners in Potomac, MD, as well as the surrounding communities.