Most of us are good about scheduling appointments to meet with our regular doctor on a fairly regular basis. After all, these appointments are part of how we stay healthy throughout the year. But not everyone is as good about scheduling appointments with an ophthalmologist as they are their regular healthcare provider. If you’ve never been to an eye doctor, or it’s been a while, you might wonder when is the appropriate time to go. That’s why Alexandria’s leading eye doctor, Dr. Sina J. Sabet, MD, PC, has put together this quick-hitting guide on when it’s time to see an ophthalmologist.

You Suffer from Frequent Headaches

If you seem to struggle with headaches every day, it could be a sign that it’s time to visit your eye doctor. Frequent headaches could be a result of muscle tension, stress, and inflammation in and around your eyes. It also is a warning sign that your vision is changing. In other cases, it could be that you’re simply spending too much time in front of a screen, working in a bright environment, or doing too much work in the dark. Most of these problems can be mitigated simply by changing your workplace lighting or looking away from the screen regularly. In other cases, these headaches can be symptoms of underlying ocular health issues like astigmatism, glaucoma, or long-sightedness.

Your Eyes Feel Tired

After a long day at work or powering through those last few chapters of your favorite book, you might notice some eyestrain. When this occurs infrequently, eye fatigue isn’t a sign of anything serious. In fact, eye fatigue can be the result of things like inadequate sleep, seasonal allergies, or even having a cold or flu. But if you’re experiencing eye fatigue for several days in a row or have it chronically, it’s time to visit your local eye doctor. In some cases, this could be the sign of an eye infection or underlying health condition. It could also signal that your vision has changed.

Your Eyes Are Sensitive to Light

If you seem to be squinting more often or forwarding your eyes away from light sources, you could be experiencing sensitivity to light. Especially if this appears suddenly, this could be the sign of an eye health issue like an infection, an abrasion of the cornea, or an even more severe issue like meningitis. In any of these cases, it’s best to have your eyes examined by an eye doctor.

You Can’t Seem to Focus Your Eyes

One of the first signs that you’re experiencing an eye condition is that you struggle to focus on a specific object in your vision. For example, you may have a hard time focusing on an object in some levels of light, or you might notice that one eye appears to focus more readily than the other. Difficulty focusing could even be noticed when you are reading a book or looking at the screen of your smartphone. The fact is, if your vision suddenly becomes blurry and you struggle to focus your vision, these could be the signs of a major eye health issue. Even if this blurry vision seems to come and go or is limited to just one eye, you should still schedule an exam with your local eye doctor.

You’re Seeing “Floaters” More Frequently

On occasion, you might notice a vision disruption. They could be an aura, black spot, or those squiggly lines that seem to move and dart across your eye. When they happen infrequently, these vision disruptions are really nothing to worry about. However, if you experience them frequently, this could be a sign of a detached retina. This is considered an eye health emergency as a detached retina can lead to blindness if left untreated. Schedule an appointment with your eye doctor right away if you’re experiencing an increased number of these vision disruptions.

Your Vision is Getting Blurry

One day you might realize that you’re sitting further from the TV than you used to, or you have to hold your book closer to your face. If you’re doing these things to limit the amount of blurriness in your vision and improve your clarity, then you may be due for an eye exam.

Your Eye Appears to Be Infected

If your eyelids feel swollen, itchy, and red or if the whites of your eyes appear to be pink or red, this may be a sign of an eye infection. Other symptoms of an eye infection include discharge running from the eye and changes in vision. In these cases, you’ll want to meet with your local ophthalmologist sooner than later.

Alexandria’s Choice for Eye Care

Ready to schedule that eye appointment? Then let us help! Dr. Sina J. Sabet is an accomplished ophthalmologist and offers the eye health services you’re looking for. From routine eye exams to surgeries and glasses fittings, we can help you see clearly. Contact us today to schedule your next appointment.