It’s quite common to be concerned about your eye health at some point or another.
We’re going to look at what you should do if you have concerns about your eye health.
Who should I talk to about eye health?
Your optician is a better source of information than Googling your symptoms or worries – we all know how that ends!
For eye related issues, you should always speak with your optican rather than your GP.
If necessary, your optician will refer you to the doctor.
What symptoms should I look out for?
Some of the common symptoms of eye health issues include headaches, itchy eyes, blurry vision and sensitivity to light or dark.
However, it’s essential that you do not self-diagnose an eye condition.
While these symptoms can indicate an underlying eye or health condition, they can also be the result of different factors like stress or lack of sleep.
Sometimes, the common symptoms may simply indicate that you need a new prescription.
If these common symptoms persist, you should speak with your optician.
If you see any of the following in your vision you should ring your optician immediately:
Flashing lights or a shadow in your vision.
Red or painful eyes.
Sudden loss of vision.
Make sure you describe your symptoms clearly and accurately.
How can I care for my eyes daily?
You may even be doing some of the eye care steps without realising!
Proactive eye care can help you maintain your eye health and eyesight for longer, but critically, it’s not a guarantee.
Ultimately, a few easy lifestyle changes can help you delay or prevent age-related eye conditions.