Decreased visual acuity, black spot in the eye, red or watery eyes, these visual symptoms cannot be taken lightly. Note that 3 consultations with an optician result may reveal a much more serious pathology. You are reluctant to go see an ophthalmologist? This article will give you tips and can make you change your mind.
Symptoms that should be causes for concern
If your eyesight starts to change suddenly, we strongly recommend that you go for a consultation. Here are some symptoms that should alert you:
Decreased visual acuity, this may be due to retinal detachment;
Deformation of the lines, an inevitable sign of AMD, that is, age-related Macular Degeneration;
The appearance of blackheads which can be the result of a hole in the retina or in very rare cases, retinal detachment;
Diplopia or double seeing, which may be due to a vascular or even neurological problem.
Eye disease, who are the people at risk?
Some people are more likely to have eye disease than others. This can be due to multiple factors, such as a family history (genetics), the environment, the effect of blue light on the eyes, bad habits like smoking or a bad eating habit. Those who suffer from diabetes also fall prey to eye diseases, because with poorly treated diabetes they can easily develop retinopathy.
Age is also a significant factor. Children under 3 years old should be closely monitored and should see an eye specialist at least once before entering kindergarten. The elderly are just as likely to suffer from eye diseases, such as cataracts or age-related macular degeneration.
When to consult and what are the treatments available?
Treatments for vision diseases are numerous and vary depending on the origin of the disease. If the vision disorder is benign such as myopia, presbyopia or astigmatism, wearing suitable glasses and contact lenses may be sufficient. In other more serious cases it may be necessary to have surgical treatment, for example for cataracts.
It is best to consult an eye specialist. The latter can do a full examination. If you have symptoms such as difficulty reading near or far, that you have headaches, if your vision suddenly becomes blurry or dark, an ophthalmologist can advise you and guide you on the procedure to follow.
Do you have any of these symptoms? You can go to one of our branches for a consultation Our team is dynamic and will advise and guide you if you suffer from a visual impairment.