You'd think that if your vision were deteriorating, you'd know about it, right? After all, you wouldn't be able to see clearly. Vision loss, however, doesn't occur between one blink of the eye and the next. In fact, it often occurs so gradually that you aren't aware of it until it's pointed out to you. Worse, in many cases, you can experience uncomfortable or even downright painful symptoms as your vision worsens, all without any idea of what's causing it. You think you can see just fine. With the advent of high-definition television, you might even be able to function normally with vision loss for quite some time, never even noticing that the world around you has become blurred. Unfortunately, that doesn't change the fact that your vision is going downhill.
The good news is, you don't have to live with those symptoms! By learning to identify the potential signs of vision loss, you can learn to know when it's time for a visit to your optometrist, who can effectively diagnose and treat those symptoms of vision loss. Whether you've worn glasses for years or are simply experiencing increasing symptoms with age, developing your familiarity with these symptoms will help keep your vision clear and prevent you from running into other vision-related problems.
Experience Headaches Or Symptoms Of Eye Strain More Frequently Than Usual
As your vision deteriorates, your eyes will have to work harder in order to compensate. As a result, you'll find that you're more prone to headaches or tired, aching eyes. If you find yourself desperate to retreat to a dark room, or if your symptoms are worse when you've had to focus on something far away--say, a presentation screen that's out of your usual range of vision or a presenter who is at the front of the room while you're at the back--it's definitely time to get your eyes checked.
A quick trip to the optometrist may also be in order if regularly occurring headache symptoms have suddenly worsened dramatically or if you have a sudden onset of frequent headaches. Occasional headaches are probably no reason to worry, especially not if they follow a regular pattern or have other easily-identifiable triggers. New problems with headaches, however, could be a sign of eye trouble.