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Warning Signs of Eye Problems

Warning Signs of Possible Eye Problems

Many vision problems have no warning signs or symptoms and can cause permanent vision loss; or the problem may worsen without proper treatment.  Annual eye exams are the best way to ensure a lifetime of good vision.

Warning Signs of Vision Problems in Adults

  • Blurred vision beyond twenty feet
  • Difficulty reading and seeing small print in dim light
  • Reduced vision at night especially while driving
  • Frequent changes in your eyeglass prescription Cataract (eye) photo
  • Glare from sun or bright lights
  • Seeing halos around lights
  • Areas of lost vision or reduced clarity within your field of vision
  • Changes in the colors you see
  • Seeing flashes of light
  • Seeing spots
  • Pain in or around your eyes
  • Redness of eyes
  • Dry, irritated or tired eyes
  • Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, Multiple Sclerosis
  • Swollen, red or sore eyelids


Warning Signs of Vision Problems in Children

  • Blurred vision beyond twenty feet but clear up close
  • Blurred vision at all distances
  • Under performing in reading skills
  • Squinting, closing or covering one eye
  • Holding reading materials close to the face Children's Vision Problems
  • Tilting the head to one side
  • Excessively rubbing eyes
  • Eyes do not align properly.  One eye turns inward or outward while the other eye looks straight.
  • Redness or tearing or secretions from one or both eyes
  • Premature birth
  • Developmental delays
  • Family history of high optical prescriptions
  • Diabetes
  • Swollen, red or sore eyelids

Remember that a vision screening only detects a few abnormalities.  Have your child's eyes examined by an eye doctor!

Topics: Eye Pain, Eye Disorders, Eye Diseases, Eye Problems, Eye Problem, Vision Problems

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