We all depend on our vision in more ways than we may realize. Without healthy vision, the ability to work, play, drive or even recognize a face can be drastically affected. Many factors can affect eyesight, including other health problems such as high blood pressure or diabetes. Having a family member with eye disease can make you more prone to having that condition as well. Sight-stealing eye disease can appear at any time. Very often vision problems are unnoticeable at first and are difficult to detect.
Signs and Risk Factors for Eye Disease Include:
• Bulging of one or both eyes
• Dark curtain or veil that blocks your vision
• Decreased vision, even if temporary
• Diabetes mellitus
• Distorted vision
• Double vision
• Excess tearing
• Eyelid abnormalities
• Family history of eye disease
• Halos (colored circles around lights)
• High blood pressure
• HIV or AIDS
• Injury to the eye
• Loss of peripheral (side) vision
• Misaligned eyes
• New floaters (black "strings" or specks in the vision) and/or flashes of light
• Pain in the eye
• Thyroid disease-related eye problems (Graves' disease)
• Unusual red eye
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, be sure to visit a Warren Clinic ophthalmologist. Along with diagnosing and treating eye disease, ophthalmologists perform eye surgery and prescribe and fit eyeglasses and contact lenses to correct vision problems.
A complete medical exam could be the first step toward saving or improving your sight.
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