Many of us take reactive approaches to life situations rather than taking preemptive steps. Such an makes it almost certain that we will only get eye exams when we have eye problems. We forget that it is optimal that we have regularly scheduled eye exams, even in the best and worst times of our vision.
Talking about the regularity of these eye checkups, the frequency of such checkups can mostly be attributed to how old you are. For example, if you have an infant on your hands as a parent, you could possibly schedule the first eye examination for the child within the first six months of their existence then maybe years later. But as they mature, the intervals between such eye checkups begin to thin; becoming more regular. Thus, we would see an octogenarian, for instance, get eye exams at least once in every twelve months.
While many of would be reluctant to see our eye doctor when our eyes are functioning very well, there are nonetheless some eye conditions (or symptoms depending on how you see it) that make checkups more necessary than presumptive. The necessity of having regular eye checkups is more vital to individuals who have health conditions like diabetes and hypertension. Such are prone to vision deficiencies naturally. Let us look at those signs that should make us know that time calls for checkups on our eyes.
The loudest call for an eye checkup eye infection
Once you suffer an eye infection (especially serious ones), it is no longer a choice of whether you see an eye doctor, but when. Discharge from the eyes, sustained itchiness, and blurred vision are screamers that an eye check is a non-negotiable necessity. You should delay no further.
When you start having more floaters and bright flashes
First, it is proper to establish here that there is nothing inappropriate in having a handful of floaters around your eyes, however annoying they could be. A floater is basically a little cluster of protein deposited in the vitreous humor of the eye, normally filling about 60 % of the rear eyeball. But when you begin noticing an abnormal escalation of these floaters, then there is a problem and you should rightly seek the attention of your eye doctor. This should be more urgent if you begin to notice more bright light flashes in your eyes. All these are indicative of retinal detachment and could result in permanent blindness if left unattended to.
When you notice that your eyes begin to squint more
Increased squinting of your eyes tells you an eye checkup is no longer an option, but a necessity. Such rare squinting is prevalent when you begin squinting to read road signs properly. Most likely it could be time to start using glasses, which means it’s time to visit your eye doctor for a checkup.
When you suffer headaches too regularly
Most times, the headaches we suffer stem from vision problems. Chronic headaches are commonly inspired by eye conditions. Such headaches can even be caused by the strain to your eyes prompted by digital screens.
In summation, we can always find a variety of things to do with our time. Many of us place eye health on the back burner until it becomes necessary to take it seriously. Once you begin notice the above conditions, time is no longer your ally. Get an eye checkup immediately.