Most people would agree that they value vision above all the five senses. Clear vision allow us to see the people we love, independently move whenever we wish, and interact with those around us. Losing vision causes dependence and feelings of isolation. Taking care of your vision is an active process, so getting comprehensive eye exams each year is the best way to maintain good vision. As proactive as you are to keep your eyes healthy, vision changes can happen suddenly. Here are four warning signs of vision loss that you should never ignore:
- Unexplained blurred vision. Vision clarity that changes often can be indicative of eye issues. Diabetic retinopathy is characterized by unexplained blurry vision and blind spots in your field of vision. This disease is a direct result from uncontrolled diabetes, which damages the fragile blood vessels in the retina. If you have type I or type II diabetes or high blood pressure, it is essential that you stay current with your comprehensive eye exams. Pay careful attention if you notice that you are having trouble reading, sewing or doing other nearsighted tasks and talk to your eye doctor. You should also stay up-to-date with physicals with your primary care physician so that hypertension or diabetes can be diagnosed, treated or monitored.
- An unexplainable car accident. Traffic accidents can be caused by many reasons, but one cause can be a driver’s loss of peripheral vision. Peripheral vision loss is one symptom of a family of eye diseases called glaucoma. This common eye disease damages the optic nerve and gradually worsens over time, although it is painless and often can have no symptoms. Studies show that glaucoma sufferers have an increased risk of being in automobile accidents. If you notice changes in your peripheral vision or that you are bumping into objects or people, you should contact your eye doctor for a complete eye exam. Comprehensive eye exams include several tests which could indicate glaucoma.
- Dark patch appears at the center of your vision. One symptom of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a gradual loss of central vision. AMD is the leading cause of vision loss among people over age 50. If you see a dark patch in your central vision that you constantly try to see around, make an appointment with your eye doctor. Some other signs of AMD are trouble reading street signs, appearance of dull, washed out colors, and straight lines appearing wavy.
- Brownish tint to your vision. Cataracts are a clouding of the lens of the eye. They can cause blurred vision and give objects a darker tint. Because cataracts make eyesight blurry, bright lights may appear to have “halos.” Cataracts are the most common cause of vision loss in the United States, but they are treatable with surgery. Left untreated, cataracts will eventually cause blindness. Other symptoms of cataracts include cloudy vision, difficulty seeing at night and colors appearing faded. A comprehensive eye exam will easily detect cataracts, and cataract surgery is one of the most common and safe surgeries performed today (Source: Health News Digest).