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Can You See It: How To Determine If You Have A Vision Problem

May 31, 2012

These common symptoms may suggest a problem with your vision.

It is no secret that our eyes are one of the most intricate, detailed and complex aspects of our body. They are not only the window the soul, as the popular saying goes, but our eyes are also our main sensory organ for looking at the world around us and carrying out the daily functions and tasks of our day-to-day lives.

Given all of the important and complicated aspects that go into seeing clearly and maintaining healthy vision, it should come as no surprise that there are an endless amount of details and functions that our eyes must carry out in order to keep up with their daily functions. When one of these functions goes awry, it can result in any number of vision problems―from subtle to critical―that in turn effect how we see the world around us.

It is important to spot these types of vision problems early on because, if left untreated over time, some of these problems, such as cataracts or glaucoma, could spiral into a much more serious problem that may end up compromising your eyesight in the long run. Even minor problems such as a lazy eye or nearsightedness can become progressively worse over time without the assistance of glasses, contacts or LASIK eye surgery.

To help you prevent these dangerous vision problems from turning from minor into serious, we have put together some common daily symptoms that may suggest a problem with your vision, along with the easiest ways to spot them throughout your day-to-day routine:

Frequent Headaches

If you often find that you fall victim to severe headaches or migranes after reading or being on the computer for a lengthy amount of time, this may be a sign that you need glasses. Frontal and temporal headaches are one of the largest indicators that someone may need assistance with their vision.

Squinting or Sitting Too Close to the TV

Remember how your parents used to tell you that sitting too close to the TV could damage your eyes? While that may have been untrue, sitting too close to the TV may actually be a sign that could be nearsighted. Nearsightedness, also known as myopia, is when moving closer to an object makes it larger and easier to see.

Another typical symptom of nearsightedness is squinting. This forces your eye to look through a small opening, which reduces the size of the blurred image on the back of the retina, temporarily improving your vision. Nearsightedness can usually be fixed by wearing proper prescription glasses.

If you find that you have any of the symptoms above, you should contact OCLI to set up a comprehensive eye exam as soon as possible and uncover the reason behind these problems. While many of these problems in your vision can be easily corrected, they may lead to more serious medical problems if left untreated.


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