Seeing something different? Don’t ignore changes to your eyesight.

Eyesight is something we often take for granted, relying on it every day without giving it much thought. But what happens when things start to change? Those flashes of light, the wavy lines, or the sudden loss of vision can be unsettling, leaving you wondering what's going on.

Vy Lam, Optometrist at Health Partners says that if you experience any changes to your eyesight, then it is important to get it checked out.

“Even a small change could be a precursor to something more serious,” Vy says. “And unfortunately, changes to your eyesight are fairly common. Typically, I see a few people each week who call up with changes to their eyesight that need attention.”

Signs and symptoms to look out for

Vy says that anyone experiencing the following symptoms should make an appointment with their optometrist to investigate further. If left untreated any one of these symptoms could potentially lead to permanent vision loss.

  • Flashes, Floaters, and Curtains Ever seen those pesky little dots dancing in your vision, or bright flashes of light? These could be signs of a tear or detachment in your retina, which is the light-sensitive layer at the back of your eye. If it tears or detaches, your vision becomes affected, and you will need immediate attention.

  • Wavy Lines If straight lines are suddenly looking like they're on a roller coaster, it could be an issue with your macula. This tiny area in your central vision is responsible for sharp, detailed vision. Any problems here can affect your ability to see things clearly.

  • Sudden Blurry Vision or Loss of Vision There are multiple culprits behind this symptom, including macular degeneration (which affects central vision), a ‘stroke’ in the eye, or even retinal detachment. If you have diabetes, this could also be a sign of diabetic retinopathy.

  • Red and Painful Eye(s) Often caused by infection, inflammation, or even injury, red and sore eyes can sometimes be treated with medicated eye drops, but it’s important to have an optometrist assess the problem to make sure you undergo the right treatment. More rarely, it can be due to a significant increase in eye pressure, which you’ll need to have corrected.

  • Double Vision Seeing double can be linked to more serious neurological problems affecting the nerves connected to your eye muscles. If you have double vision, then you might also need further investigation by a GP or ophthalmologist.

“Remember, your sight is precious, so don't ignore any new changes,” Vy says. “Early diagnosis and treatment are key to preserving your vision.”

So don’t wait. If you experience any changes to your vision, make an appointment with your optometrist so they can assess the situation and provide you with the necessary treatment.

Book your bulk-billed eye test at Health Partners Optical today.^

^Eye tests are bulk-billed through Medicare and subject to eligibility and Medicare conditions.

Posted: Jan 31 2024


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