While many eye problems can be developing or progressing without any signs to alert you to it, if you do experience certain symptoms then it is important for you to call and make an appointment with Metropolitan Optical to be examined by our Washington D.C. optometrist. Because symptoms are often not present, don’t forget to schedule a comprehensive eye exam with us once every year. This permits our eye doctor to find potential problems before they become serious, making many treatments more simple and in some cases preventing damage, including vision loss, that may not be reversible.
Blurry vision is a symptom that can be an indication of many different concerns. It could be because you are experiencing nearsightedness or farsightedness; it could also signal an eye disease such as keratitis or diabetic retinopathy, among others. Floaters, which refer to halos surrounding light that appear in your field of vision) can likewise be a symptom of diabetic retinopathy or simply indicate a need for eyeglasses. Diabetic retinopathy is a disease that affects people with type one or type two diabetes. It blocks blood flow in the blood vessels located in the retina. Because signs such as blurry vision or floaters are common to a variety of conditions and diseases, it is essential to be checked out by our Washington D.C. optometrist. In any event, these symptoms should not be ignored.
One symptom that is nearly always an indication of a problem that should be addressed immediately is sudden vision loss. Among the possible causes are glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, and retinal detachment. There are non-eye related possibilities also, including brain tumors and strokes, but it is not our goal to worry you. Sudden vision loss is not only a symptom of disease that needs to be addressed, but it also makes it difficult to engage in your day to day activities. Our Washington D.C. optometrist should be seen as soon as possible after experiencing any sudden vision loss. The more quickly a diagnosis is made, the more quickly treatment can be administered. If an exam turns up something that requires a specialist, you will be referred to one promptly.