Seven signs you need to get your eyes checked 4



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Today, October 8, is World Sight Day, and a timely reminded to look after the most sensitive part of our bodies – our eyes.

Are you putting up with poor vision, or neglecting a symptom that needs to be dealt with? Here are seven reasons to book at appointment with your eye doctor today.

1. You are over 50

Unfortunately, no one is immune to vision degeneration. So, even if you’ve made it thus dar without specs, regular eye tests are still a must. If you’ve noticed you’re holding your phone or book far away, they chances are you’re in need of reading glasses at least.

2. You wear glasses and still experience cloudy vision

Wearing glasses doesn’t guarantee vision restoration but rather slows the process of degeneration. If you’ve noticed your vision has become cloudy despite your spectacles, this could be the early signs of developing a cataract.

3. You see double

This could suggest you may have developed a sudden onset squinting which may be secondary to a cranial nerve palsy. Hence, seek opinion immediately, says Dr Hemalini Samant, Pediatric, Neurophthalmology & Cataract surgeon.

4. You see black spots

If you sees a large number of black spots in front of the eyes while looking at an object or sees half of it clear, and the other half blurred – this is a warning sign. It could indicate a retinal detachment that could lead to complete blindness if not detected in time.

5. You see halos around white light

This could suggest that the intraocular pressure in the eye is high, which it leads to a condition called glaucoma. This is usually painless and in the very late stages may lead to vision loss. Early intervention is the key to managing glaucoma as there is no cure – family history is another warning sign.

6. You get red eyes

Red goopy eyes or pain with swollen eyelids implies an eye infection that needs expert treatment. However, Dr Samant says instead of visiting a GP, see an eye doctor, as steroid creams, which are typically prescribed, can exacerbate the problem.

7. Your eyes hurt from wearing contact lenses

Do you wear contacts? Pain can indicate an infection or even an allergy. It could also be due to a tear in contact lenses.

How are your eyes these days? Do you wear glasses now? 


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  1. The first signs that my eyes were deteriorating began when I was 50. I found that it was becoming difficult to read fine print, eg the phone book. My first pair of glasses had graduated lenses for close reading and for computer screen viewing. These glasses served me well for a few years and with regular eye checks my sight remained about the same. A couple of years ago I began to notice that my long sight was starting to change. I was particularly aware of this when driving as road signs etc. were a little blurry at distance. Another eye test confirmed that I needed another pair of glasses. I now have a glasses which are used daily for driving and general tasks. These lenses are also graduated and are transitional with anti glare. I continue to use the older pair for reading etc.
    Even though I do not need to wear glasses all the time I am now finding that my eyes are again changing so I suspect that at my next eye check I may need different lenses. My general eye health is good according to the optician so I guess like a couple of other body parts my eyes are slowly getting tired.

  2. How are my eyes these days? Do you want the good news or the bad news? The good news is I have two functioning eyes. I’ve been wearing glasses for 39 years, I had cataracts done in both eyes two years ago. In the past 9 months I’ve had a torn retina in the right eye and a couple of months after that surgery had healed I had a detached retina in that eye so it is still on the mend after the final surgery. One thing I have found out in the last three months is when they did my left eye’s cataract they implanted a high powered lens. So now with the left eye I have better than 20/20 vision. 20/20 is 6 on the Snellen Chart. My left eye is not quite 11. So instead of seeing trees on a hill in the distance I can see the detail of the leaves. However with the right eye I have 6/6(20/20) at 17 metres. So I’m doin good for an old bloke.

    Do you wear glasses now? Yep bifocals as I need miniscule adjustment in the left and some help in the right plus readers. B|

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