Before you panic, we’re not scaremongering and trying to convince you that you’re unwell! The fact is that people will often ignore or gloss over minor symptoms which could in fact be indicative of an underlying illness.
We want to help. We’ll discuss three of the most common symptoms which suggest you may be developing an eye disease, and if you are experiencing a prolonged bout of any of them, we recommend that you pay a visit to your doctor as soon as you can.
This is one of the most common preludes to a serious eye condition which you’re likely to encounter. When your eyesight loses its sharpness and clarity, you’ll still be able to see, but things will be distorted.
Blurred vision is usually caused by a refractive error in your eye. If you are developing a cataract, your eye’s natural crystalline lens can stiffen. When this happens, your eye can’t focus light as well as usual and things become blurry. Cataracts can lead to seriously impaired vision or even blindness, so any non-temporary impairment should be investigated promptly.
In fact, blurred vision can be an indicator of Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD), glaucoma and a range of other illnesses besides. A thorough eye exam will quantify the extent of your blurred vision and let you know whether or not you’re at risk.
Professionally known as photophobia, any sensitivity to light could be signaling an underlying illness. Extreme and sudden sensitivity to light should be taken very seriously, as it could indicate something severe like meningitis.
More commonly, light sensitivity is caused by an underlying or developing eye disease. Cataracts, AMD and uveitis are all illnesses which tend to manifest with a degree of photophobia.
Like most eye problems, light sensitivity is most common with older people whose eyes have, with the fullness of time, begun to naturally degenerate. Fortunately, if you do have an underlying condition, its treatment should clear up any light sensitivity you’re currently experiencing.
Double vision is caused by either one (monocular) or both (binocular) of your eyes misbehaving; this clarification will be your doctor’s first check during an exam.
If you can see normally with one eye covered up, then you’ve got monocular double vision. This can be due to refractive errors (possibly suggesting a cataract), corneal disease or other retinal abnormalities.
If your eye muscles are damaged, they may not be able to control your eyes finely enough and could cause double vision. Other eye conditions can cause you to squint involuntarily, so it’s always important to get persistent double vision checked by a professional.
These are just 3 potential indicators of an underlying eye disease; if you experience any problems or unusual changes to your vision, we recommend that you do some research and try to visit us as soon as possible. When it comes to your eyes, waiting is just not worth the risk.