Poor vision or a decrease in vision can be caused by many different factors, some not serious and others can be cause for concern and should be addressed immediately. If you suffer from any or all of the conditions below, please visit your optometrist.
- Reading or using a computer causes eyes to tear, itch, or hurt
- Jerky eye movements
- Eyes that cross or turn in or out
- Squinting, eye rubbing, or excessive blinking
- Blurred vision
- Light sensitivity after reading
- Double vision
- Headaches, dizziness, nausea, or fatigues easily after reading
- Head tilting, closing or blocking one eye when reading
- Skips lines or loses place when reading
- Difficulty tracking moving objects
- Misaligns letters or numbers
- Unusual posture or moves head closely to see book or paper
- Avoidance of near work such as reading
- When reading, words, letters, or lines run together or jump around
- Difficulty concentrating or comprehending reading material
- Persistent reversals of numbers, letters, or words after second grade
- Writes crooked or poorly spaced
- Poor eye hand coordination
- Inconsistent or poor sports performance
Generally a decrease in vision that is brought on gradually and is noticed more and more with the passage of time needs to be addressed as soon as possible; and you should schedule an appointment with your optometrist at your earliest convenience.
However, if you experience a sudden onset of blurred or lost vision in conjunction with headaches, dizziness, or nausea call 911 or go to your local hospital immediately! You could be suffering a stroke or the onset of a heart attack. When it comes to your health, it is always better to err on the side of caution.
The best assurance of maintaining the good health of your eyes, is to visit your optometrist on a regular basis. When detected early, most eye diseases or eye problems can be corrected or mitigated to avoid future health problems and/or irreversible eye damage.