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When Should You See An Eye Doctor?

Optometrist Near You | Dougal, McClellan, Sullivan, & Ethington Eye Associates

Optometrist Near You | Dougal, McClellan, Sullivan, & Ethington Eye Associates

Any changes in the eyes’ appearance, visual status or function warrant a visit to the eye doctor. It's helpful to have a baseline eye exam on record so that if and when a problem occurs, our eye doctors can immediately compare your new test results to previous ones and determine whether a change has indeed taken place.

Eye problems often manifest as blurred, distorted or double vision, blind spots, light sensitivity, flashes of light, or the sudden appearance of new floaters, among others. Sometimes people ignore serious eye problems if they are not in pain, or are managing to function using just one eye.

If you experience vision changes, particularly if the onset is sudden, promptly visit Dougal, McClellan, Sullivan, & Ethington Eye Associates in Chicago for an immediate assessment and treatment. The earlier your eyes are treated, the better your chance of preventing complications.

Get An Eye Exam If You Experience Any of the Following:

Head, face, or eye injuries. These should be evaluated to ensure that vision and visual function haven't been affected. For example, loss of peripheral vision or distorted central vision may be ominous and require evaluation.

Diabetes. Patients recently diagnosed with diabetes should also be regularly examined, as diabetes can lead to poor vision or even blindness. Ocular diseases related to this condition include diabetic retinopathy, diabetic macular edema, cataracts, and glaucoma.

Signs and Symptoms of Possible Vision Problems

  • Loss of peripheral vision
  • Changes in the color of the iris
  • Presence of blood
  • Red or itchy eyes
  • Pain in or around the eye
  • Any sudden change in vision
  • Discharge
  • Droopy eyelids
  • Soreness
  • Sudden loss or changes in vision
  • Double vision
  • Seeing a “curtain coming down” over one eye
  • Cloudy or transparent looking pupil
  • Sudden onset of flashes of light or floaters
  • Light sensitivity

Any changes in your vision or your eyes' appearance should not be ignored, as symptoms may indicate a serious problem that can grow in severity if not attended to early on. If your eyes experience any of the symptoms listed above, make sure to schedule an appointment with our eye doctors.

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