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Signs You Should Have an Eye Exam

Last updated 6 years ago

Whether you wear corrective lenses or have always had good vision, it is always advisable to have your eyes checked on a regular basis. An eye exam every year is advisable to make sure your vision remains sharp.  There are, however, some symptoms that prompt a more immediate visit to your eye doctor.  Read on to learn some signs that you may need an eye exam:

  • Blurry vision: Blurriness of vision and difficulties focusing can be symptomatic of nearsightedness or farsightedness, both of which can be improved with treatment such as corrective lenses or LASIK.  Blurry vision can also be the result of cataracts, dry eyes, ocular migraines or other conditions which warrant an exam. 
  • The appearance of visual disturbances:  Obstructions of vision, floaters, and flashes of light can all be symptomatic of serious conditions and should be checked out.    
  • Eye fatigue or eye pain:  Although infrequent eye pain is usually not an issue, persistent pain and straining of the eyes should be taken seriously. 
  • Headaches:  Frequent headaches can be a sign that your vision is changing and you are straining to see properly. 
  • Infection:  Eye infections can be serious and should be checked out immediately by an ophthalmologist.  Swelling of the eyelids, redness, irritation, and discharge can all be signs of infection.  
  • Squinting:  Squinting is one of the most common signs that you may need an eye exam.  By squinting, you are trying to improve your vision by reducing the amount of light that enters the eye, thereby reducing light scattering. If you find yourself to be squinting excessively, then you should schedule an eye exam. 

The health of your eyes should be taken very seriously.  Clear Advantage, located in Portsmouth, is committed to providing the highest quality state-of-the-art eye care for our patients.  Call us today at (603) 379-6817 to learn how our services can improve the clarity of your vision.  


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