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What Eye Symptoms Should You Not Ignore?

Updated: Feb 3, 2022

Many times, people only go to their eye doctor if they are experiencing pain or sudden changes in their vision. Even if you don’t need to upgrade your lenses and glasses, it’s still a good idea to visit an optometrist regularly. Moreover, certain eye symptoms call for immediate medical attention.

Here are eye symptoms that you should never ignore.

Your Eyes are Very Red or Dry

Redness could be a sign of eye irritation, which could be caused by chemical irritants or allergic reactions. Dryness could also result in redness because your eyes don’t create sufficient tears to stay moist and nourished.

You’re Feeling a Burning Sensation in Your Eyes

Irritation or inflammation is the usual cause of burning or pain in the eyes. If you have these symptoms, stop wearing your contact lenses first. Blepharitis causes itching and burning in your eyes. Bacteria or microscopic mites that live on eyelids are the usual culprits of this condition.

Flashes of Light and Drifting Cobwebs in Your Field of Vision

Your eyeball is filled with vitreous, which has a similar consistency to egg white. Over the years, that jelly turns more liquid and it develops floaters. Usually, these floaters appear like specks or cobwebs in your field of vision.

While floaters are normally harmless, a sudden increase in their number means you need to see an eye doctor immediately. It could indicate a tear in the retina and blood vessels in your eye. If you also see flashes of light, you could be experiencing a retinal detachment. When not addressed immediately, it could lead to blindness.

Make it a habit to visit your eye doctor, Scope Optometry, for a vision exam. Routine eye checks help with the early detection and treatment of different vision-threatening conditions. Call us at (949) 409-3040 or fill out our contact form to request an appointment.

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