Your vision has a huge impact on your quality of life. Even a minor change in vision or in your eye health can affect your ability to carry out normal routines like reading, driving or using the computer. Conditions like dry eye or itchy eyes that may be soothed with eye drops may actually be an indication of a more serious underlying issue.
To ensure your eyes remain as healthy as possible, it’s important to have an eye exam with an experienced eye doctor in Singapore to check for signs of underlying eye diseases, identify the cause of vision loss and treat minor symptoms before they become more serious.
When to See an Ophthalmologist
First, even if your eyes are healthy, you have no history of eye diseases or vision problems, and your vision is completely normal, you should see your eye doctor for a baseline exam by the time you reach age 40. A baseline exam provides your ophthalmologist with important information about your eyes and enables the doctor to spot changes that occur in the future. It also helps identify signs of vision problems or diseases like glaucoma or cataracts while those problems are still in their earliest stages
You should also see an eye doctor if you experience any of the following problems:
Any decrease in vision, even if you believe it’s “only” age-related
Other changes in vision such as blurry vision, double vision, wavy or distorted lines or features, haloes around lights, glare, problems seeing at night, flashing lights or streaks of light or sudden spots that block a part of your vision
Changes in the way you see colours
Physical changes such as crossed eyes, swelling, pain in the eyeball, unusual discharge from the eyes or other signs of infection, or eyes that turn out, up or down
Persistent headache, dry eyes or eyes that itch, burn or feel persistently scratchy
When you visit your eye doctor, be sure to provide your doctor with information about prior eye problems or any vision problems in your family. Also be sure to discuss any medications you’re taking since some drugs can cause vision changes or symptoms like dry eyes. And you should also discuss any other diseases like diabetes or high blood pressure since these can have an effect on your vision over time.
Seeing your eye doctor at the first sign of a vision problem is the most important thing you can do to preserve good vision. If you notice any changes in your vision or your eyes, or if you haven’t had an eye exam in some time, make an appointment for a checkup to make sure your eyes are as healthy as possible.
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