Symptoms indicative of eye problems are not as noticeable. Not until you start to realize that you’re squinting to watch television from your usual spot, or, perhaps, your usual set of contact lenses aren’t as comfortable to wear as they used to be. In this blog, Northern Virginia Doctors of Optometry shares the eye problem symptoms that you shouldn’t ignore.
Floaters and Flashes of Light — The human eye has a rear chamber called the vitreous body, which contains a fluid that resembles egg white. They develop what you may know as “floaters,” those little squiggly things you see at the corner of your eye. If you notice a sudden increase in the number of floaters, which may or may not be accompanied by flashes of light, it could indicate damage to your retina. See an eye care specialist as soon as possible.
Burning Sensation — A burning sensation accompanied by pain is indicative of an inflammation or an infection. Do not rub or scratch your eyes, especially if there’s swelling. Instead place a hot compress over the eye and let the inflammation drain on its own.
Red or Dry Eyes — Your eyes may have been exposed to an irritant, which could be anything from freshly chopped onions to an allergic reaction. In either case, it should go a way shortly, though you may need to take antihistamines if it’s caused by an allergy. Persistently dry eyes may indicate a problem with your tear glands. An ophthalmologist can check your eyes for tear production and recommend a proper course of treatment.
New Mole or Freckle in the Eye — If you regularly inspect your eyes, you’ll notice if a new mole or freckle appears. You may not feel any pain or discomfort, but you should nevertheless have your eyes evaluated by an ophthalmologist. Sometimes, moles grow in the back of the eyes, which may become malignant over time.
If you notice one or more of these symptoms, schedule a comprehensive eye exam as soon as possible.