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Poor Vision: Know The Signs

A decline in strong vision is usually the result of a few factors such as anatomical changes or irregularities in the eye, eye diseases, side effects due to medication or injury. Lots of people also suffer from visual disturbances due to aging or eye stress. This can result in changes in your vision, which may make it painful or difficult to get through everyday activities, like reading books or looking at a computer screen for long periods. These vision problems can be expressed via the following symptoms: eye strain, headache, blurred vision, squinting and problems seeing at close and far distances.

One of the most common signs of a vision problem can be blurred vision. If you suffer from blurred vision when focusing on faraway objects, you could very well be myopic or nearsighted. Blurred vision that's present when you are looking at anything at close range could mean you suffer from farsightedness, or hyperopia. It can also mean you have astigmatism because of a flaw in the shape of the cornea. Whatever the cause of blurry vision, it's essential to have your optometrist thoroughly check your vision and decide on the most effective way to improve your sight.

Another warning sign of a vision problem is difficulty discerning different colors or strength of color. This indicates a problem perceiving color, or color blindness. Interestingly, this condition is generally not known to the patient until discovered with a test. Color blindness is mostly something that affects males. If a woman has problems seeing color it may represent ocular disease, and an eye care professional should be consulted. For people who have difficulty distinguishing objects in minimal light, it is a sign of possible night blindness.

A problem frequently seen in older people is cataracts, which can have numerous indicating signs which include: blurry vision that worsens in bright light, weak night vision, difficulty seeing small writing or objects, muted or faded colors, seeing duplicates in one eye, painful redness around the eye, and an opaque white appearance to the usually dark pupil.

Throbbing eye pain, headaches, blurred vision, inflammation in the eye, colorful rings around lights, nausea and vomiting are indicators of glaucoma, a severe medical illness, which requires immediate medical attention.

In children, we recommend you look out for weak eye movement, or crossed eyes, which may indicate a condition called strabismus. Specific things children might do, like rubbing eyes frequently, squinting, or the need to close one eye to see things better, often point to this issue.

If you are familiar with any of the symptoms mentioned here, make an appointment with your eye doctor promptly. While clearly some conditions may be more serious than others, anything that restricts normal vision can be something that really affects your quality of life. A short visit to your optometrist can prevent being avoidably uncomfortable, not to mention further eye problems.