Your eyes are one of your most valuable assets. Be sure you are caring for your eyes properly to keep them healthy.
Here are some simple tips for caring for your eyes:
- Be sure to have your eyes checked regularly. Annual exams will help to catch problems before they get worse.
- Common eye problems like floaters, halos and blind spots can also be serious issues. Its best to be seen by your eye doctor if you experience any of them.
- Only your eye doctor can detect serious vision problems like glaucoma or diabetic retinopathy early enough for treatment to help.
Here are the main categories of eye care providers and what they do:
Opticians – distribute glasses and contacts based on a doctor’s prescription. They can not diagnose or treat eye problems.
Optometrists – eye healthcare providers that do vision testing, eye exams and diagnose eye disease. They will prescribe glasses and contact lenses. They also prescribe eye medicines to treat diseases.
Ophthalmologists – medical doctors who diagnose and treat eye disease, perform eye surgery, and provide routine vision care services like prescribing glasses and contact lenses for vision correction.
Primary care providers – sometimes an eye problem is due to a general health problem, in these situations, your primary care provider should also be involved.
Here are some serious symptoms to watch out for:
- Red, painful eye or pain in an eye is an emergency
- Partial or total vision loss in one or both eyes
- Double vision
- Blind spots, halos around lights, or areas of distorted vision
- Feeling of a shade or curtain being drawn across your field of vision
- An injury to the eye or the bone surrounding the eye
- Trouble seeing objects on the sides of your visual field
- Trouble telling the difference between colors that occurs suddenly
Be sure to schedule your regular eye exam annually to keep your eyes healthy!
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