We strongly recommend having an eye examination once a year. Even if you don’t have any trouble seeing at distance or reading. An annual eye examination can detect early signs of vision problems.

Symptoms of Vision Problems In Children

You may not notice any vision problems in children. Children definitely need their eyes examined as early as possible. Kids are in the developmental years especially when they are very young. If a problem goes undetected and not corrected they may have poor vision later in life. I have not seen any problem with kids watching 3-d movies. Some kids watching 3-d movies may have headaches or dizziness, those symptoms may indicate an existing problem and they should have an eye exam right away. Computers can cause vision problems or strain and fatigue for some children. Some kids will benefit from some computer glasses. They can reduce the fatigue while viewing a computer, tablet and our smart phones. Some of the vision problems below may also apply to children.

Symptoms of Vision Problems In Adults

If you see halos around lights you should see an eye doctor. Most halos are caused by astigmatism, which can be corrected by an updated prescription. Halos can also be something more serious. They could be a sign of cataracts or glaucoma. Both of these conditions can cause vision problems. Glaucoma is an eye condition that affects the optic nerve. Usually high pressure in the eye is the cause. Floaters are usually normal but they should be checked. Floaters could be a sign of retinal problems. Sunlight can cause many vision problems. Wearing sunglasses can reduce the chance of the uv radiation from the sun damaging the tissues and structures of the eye. Sunlight and uv radiation can cause cataracts and age related macular degeneration. Smoking may also increase the chance of developing cataracts. If you ever experience a blank spot or blurry spot in the middle of your vision. This may not be normal. This may be a sign of macular degeneration.

See an Optometrist if you have a lump or bump on your eyelid. Depending on the cause we usually can help it go away much sooner. A twitching eyelid is alway annoying. Most of the time it will go away on its own. If it continues for more than a week come see our optometrist. The aging processes also affects our eyes. Many people have vision problems well before the age of 40. In our 40’s we start to need reading glasses. This is a normal change in the crystalline lens in the eye. Please always protect your eyes during any sports and from the sun.

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