Warning Signs of Eye Ailments

It’s important to know not only the potential causes of eye ailments, but how to respond to the warning signs and pursue treatment. People often ignore poor eyesight indicators for a long time before seeking treatment. Early detection of disease, if revealed, can greatly improve the situation.

Whatever the cause, whether environmental or hereditary, several warning signs can point to a number of different vision problems. Scheduling an appointment with an eye doctor can help diagnose the problem.

• Frequent squinting/straining accompanied with blurred vision can be a sign of nearsightedness or farsightedness, which is typically corrected with glasses and/or contacts.

• Frequent headaches can sometimes point to eye strain.

• A sudden onset of flashing light, often accompanied by floating black spots could indicate a detached retina, which can lead to permanent vision loss if not promptly treated.

• Hazy vision that worsens in bright light, weak night vision, double or triple vision and/or painful inflammation could indicate cataracts.

• Intense eye pain, headaches, blurry vision, nausea and vomiting could indicate glaucoma, which requires immediate medical attention. Parents should also look for indicators of eye trouble in their young children, including:

• Eyes that are misaligned

• White or grayish-white color in the pupil

• Eyes that flutter quickly from side to side or up and down

• Persistent complaints of eye pain, itchiness, or discomfort

• Redness in either eye that doesn’t go away in a few days

• Eyes that are always watery

• Constant rubbing or squinting of the eyes

• Eyes that are always sensitive to light

Also, people with diabetes and people taking medication for rheumatoid arthritis should see an eye doctor for regular checkups because the condition or medication taken for the condition can occasionally lead to eye problems.