Annual eye exams are an important part of keeping your eyes healthy, and they are an important step in taking care of your overall health as well. However, there are some situations when you just shouldn’t wait until your next scheduled exam to see your eye doctor. Read on for some information about situations where you shouldn’t wait for your next appointment and instead you should call your doctor right away.
You should make an appointment at Richens Eye Center right away if:
- You have been noticing odd changes in your vision, such as a decrease in your peripheral vision, double vision, flashes of light, or an increase in “floaters,” those squiggly, shadowy lines that move across your eyes.
- You notice you are becoming more sensitive to light. It is always a good idea to wear sunglasses outside, but if you start to notice that everything seems brighter even when you have them on (and even inside as well), it may be a sign of a problem with your corneas or a sign that your eyes are dangerously dry or overstrained.
- You lose your vision, even if this only lasts for a few seconds, which can be a sign that something is seriously wrong (if you have sudden, total, or near-total vision loss and you can’t get a hold of your eye doctor, you should go to an ER).
- You get hit with something in or near the eye. Even if everything seems all right, it is a good idea to visit your doctor to make sure there is no serious damage.
- You notice an increase in headaches. Many things can cause this, but changes to your vision and the resulting eye strain can be one cause of headaches.
- You have a medical condition such as diabetes and you notice any changes in your vision.
- One of your eyes is bulging or sticking out.
- You notice blood in the white part of the eye.
Eye problems don’t just conveniently happen right before your scheduled eye exam. If you notice any of these problems (or anything else you find annoying, painful, or worrisome), make an appointment with Richens Eye Center in St. George, UT, or Mesquite, NV, right away. Call (435) 986-2020 for an eye appointment today!