7 Symptoms That Can Signal Serious Eye Problems

7 Symptoms That Can Signal Serious Eye Problems

Jan 31, 2022, 8:05:01 AM Life and Styles

Over 21 million Americans experience eye diseases. Many eye disorders like myopia (nearsightedness), are quite harmless. But diseases like cataracts, glaucoma, and age-related macular degeneration, on the other hand, can significantly damage eyesight if not treated properly.

Taking care of your eyes may make a big impact on your overall health and well-being. Keeping a close watch on your eye health and tracking any changes with regular eye exams can help you avoid vision loss.

Although regular eye exams are crucial, it is very important to know the symptoms that can signal serious eye problems. Below are 7 signs of eye disease everyone should know about. 

1. Frequent headaches

Pain in the head, neck, and face is commonly associated with mental or physical problems, such as stress or high blood pressure. But sometimes, it can be induced by eye problems. If you experience severe headaches that over-the-counter medicines fail to relieve or the pain lasts for more than a week, you should see a doctor. Headaches can be associated with eye conditions like angle-closure glaucoma, refractive error, migraine, and photokeratitis. 

2. Floaters

Floaters appear in your range of vision as specks, spots, lines, or webs. They appear to be in front of your eye, but they are actually floating within the vitreous. The shadows created on the retina by microscopic groupings of cells are what you see. 

Floaters are normally safe in tiny doses and tend to fade and disappear over time. When you're staring at something plain, like a blank wall or the sky, you'll usually see them. Floaters can indicate diseases like diabetic retinopathy, eye lymphoma, torn retina, posterior vitreous detachment, or uveitis. 

3. Eye redness

Many different diseases can cause eye redness. Some of these diseases can lead to irritation, swelling, and even vision loss. When the little blood vessels in the eyes become inflamed, it causes the whites of the eyes to appear pink or red, signaling eye inflammation. 

Eye redness might also be a symptom of a more serious disease or infection. This can indicate blepharitis, conjunctivitis, eye allergy, and uveitis. If your eyes are red for a long time, see your eye doctor for an examination.

4. Blurred vision

Blurred or distorted vision is a widespread symptom that can signal a large number of eye diseases. Some of the most common eye conditions that can produce blurred or distorted vision include:

  • Age-related macular degeneration
  • Astigmatism
  • Cataracts
  • Conjunctivitis 
  • Detached or torn retina
  • Keratoconus
  • Macular edema
  • Refractive error

You should see your eye doctor as soon as possible if you detect any sudden, major changes in your vision.

5. Poor night vision

Night blindness is a difficulty seeing when it becomes dark. Your eyes can usually adjust readily between well-lit and gloomy places, but some eye diseases might make this harder. Eye conditions that can worsen your night’s vision include cataracts, nystagmus, and retinitis pigmentosa. 

6. Light sensitivity

Light sensitivity, often known as photophobia, is a condition that makes bright light unpleasant. Squinting in a brilliantly light environment or outside is a sign of mild photophobia. Exposure to any kind of light causes discomfort, while in severe cases, photophobia can lead to pain. Light sensitivity can be associated with eye diseases like cataracts, corneal abrasion, allergies, keratoconus, migraine, and strabismus. 

7. Dry eyes

Your eyes may feel gritty, scratchy, and inflamed as a result of dry eyes. Dry eye is a chronic disease that occurs when your eyes don't produce enough high-quality tears to keep them moist. Dry eyes, on the other hand, might be a sign of a more serious problem. Dry eyes are a typical sign of chronic eye dryness, blepharitis, and Bell’s Palsy.

Published by Amelia Grant

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