Changes in Vision – When to See a Doctor

changes in vision - see your doctorChanges in vision are expected and normal as we grow older, but if you experience sudden changes in vision, it’s a sign that something is amiss, and it’s time to schedule an appointment with an eye doctor. Sudden changes in vision, including blurriness, blind spots, halos around lights or dimness of vision are grounds to see an eye doctor.

Changes in vision can get worse over time if left untreated, causing permanent damage. Vision changes may be indicative of an eye condition such as:

  • Cataracts, or a clouding of the eye’s lens.
  • Glaucoma, or increased pressure in the eye.
  • Diabetic retinopathy, a complication of diabetes that causes retinal bleeding.
  • Macular degeneration, or loss of central vision, blurred vision (especially while reading), distorted vision (like seeing wavy lines) and colors appearing faded.
  • Retinal detachment
  • Dry eye

Getting regular eye exams can help prevent these eye problems before they become serious.


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