Signs you need to have your eyes checked

Hello everyone!

If you’re looking to improve your health, make sure that you’re taking a holistic approach to it and not just focusing on fitness and diet. There are parts of the body that need specific attention, and the eyes are included as part of that. Most of the time, we don’t really think too often about our eye health, so when the gradual changes to it start coming in, you might not think to do anything about it. Here, we’re going to look at how to prevent that by looking at the signs that should see you making an appointment pronto.

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You’ve never had one before.

First of all, if you have never had a vision test before, then you should arrange for one as soon as you can. Even if there’s nothing wrong and no reason to believe you need glasses, a baseline test can make it a lot easier to measure changes in your vision as time goes on.

You have to squint to see things.

Whether you have to screw up your eyes to be able to see things in the distance or you have to squint to read, the sign that you are having to use your eye muscles to focus means that your eyes aren’t naturally doing that for you and is a good reason to make an appointment at an optometry clinic. It could be a clear sign of macular degeneration.

Things look blurred or doubled.

If objects look blurred, fuzzy, distorted, or doubled at all, then this may be worth checking out. Aside from regular macular degeneration, the most common kind of vision impairment, it could be a sign of astigmatism, a condition in which the lens or cornea of the eyes is in an irregular shape, which can affect how well your eyes can focus.

You get headaches when reading or using screens.

Sometimes, poor vision isn’t the only symptom of changes in your eye health. If you find that you begin experiencing headaches or eye strain when you are looking at a screen or focusing on text, then aside from using eye drops to keep your eyes moisturised, wearing glasses might help. The aforementioned astigmatism is also known to make some people more prone to headaches and migraines, which can be triggered by exposure to certain strengths of light in different situations.

You’re over the age of 45.

As we get older, we become more prone to certain changes to our health, including changes to our vision and eye health. Age-related macular degeneration is the single most common cause of changes to our eyesight. As such, if you’re over the age of 45, then you should start to have more routine visits to your eye doctor. This can also help you become aware of any developing cataracts as quickly as possible, allowing you to plan a route to treatment before they grow too large.

Your eye health is a bigger part of your quality of life than you might realise. Take the above tips seriously and give your eyes the care they deserve.

Thank you for reading, and until next time, take care.



I'm a vegan with a passion for sustainability and clean, cruelty-free products. I mainly write lifestyle, wellness and self-care articles. Since I'm a true crime enthusiast, sometimes I also write about true crime and post videos on my two YouTube channels.

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