It is often said that you don’t know the value of something until you have already lost it. When it comes to our vision we often take it for granted because we use it nearly every minute of every day. Many Americans simply ignore their yearly eye exams. Don’t wait until your vision is already suffering. If you notice any of these signs then it may be time for a comprehensive eye exam.

Persistent Headaches

Working under very dim or bright light, or staring at a computer screen for too long is often the cause of many headaches. If you remember to adjust the lighting in your environment and follow the 20-20-20 rule you can avoid a lot of needless eye strain. However, if you have frequent headaches that last a long time then it’s time to schedule an eye exam with a nearby eye specialist. In many cases, persistent headaches are an indication of more serious issues like astigmatism, farsightedness, or even glaucoma.

Genetic History of Diabetes

If you or a family member has had diabetes, then you probably know the importance of monitoring your blood sugar. However, high blood sugar levels can cause several eye related diseases such as Glaucoma. A genetic history of diabetes can significantly increase your chances of developing certain ocular conditions, so we recommend yearly comprehensive eye exams at least.

Increasingly Frequent Squinting

Squinting changes the amount of light entering your retina, which makes it easier to focus. Squinting generally is not necessarily bad; however, if you notice that you squint a lot more to see properly, then you could have a refractive error or some other ocular condition. If you suddenly need to squint more to see clearly, then you should schedule an appointment with a nearby eye specialist.

Bright Flashes and Floaters

Have you seen those tiny grey shadows that drift in and out of your vision throughout the day? These are commonly known as floaters, and everyone experiences them. Similarly, small flashes in the corners of your vision sometimes occur as we age. However, if you notice a large influx of flashes and floaters you should visit a nearby eye specialist as soon as possible. Flashes and floaters are very common, but they are also the symptoms of retinal detachment, a serious sight threatening condition.