Sometimes that means buying over-the-counter eye drops. And usually if the problem is some mild dryness, or an itch due to allergies, those will be fine. But if the problem is ongoing, you may be doing more harm than good by not consulting your ophthalmologist.
For instance, if you are experiencing cloudy or blurry vision, the problem could be cataracts. These are very common as we get older; in fact, more than half of us will have them by the time we’re 80 years old. The good news is that there are surgical procedures to clear up the problem.
There are other significant eye problems, such as glaucoma or macular degeneration, which don’t have as many obvious symptoms at first, but when caught early can be treated very successfully. That’s why it’s important to see your eye doctor for regular exams. It’s always a good idea to be proactive about your eye health, but sometimes that means bypassing the corner pharmacy and getting a full, comprehensive exam to ensure your eyes’ continued health.