If you have noticed changes to your vision it is important to make an appointment with your eye doctor as soon as possible. There are many vision problems you can encounter from a lack of focus to the appearance of “objects”. Although most vision changes can be corrected with glasses you want to rule out any serious issues with an eye exam. Here are some of the changes you might experience and what steps are advised:

Sudden Vision Changes

If you experience sudden and startling changes to your vision such as blurring, double vision, partial or complete blindness, distortions, halos and blind spots it is important that you call 9-1-1. All of these signs could indicate serious health issues that could require immediate attention. Sudden eye pain, especially accompanied by a red appearance should also be assessed immediately.

Vision Changes

You may also experience a gradual change in your vision that might continue to worsen or remain the same. These changes can include a lack of sharpness, a change in the way you see things either close by or at a distance and difficulty reading, seeing from the corners of your eyes or at night. These vision problems should be assessed as soon as possible to rule out more serious health issues. Your eye doctor can then give you the corrective lenses required to improve your vision.

Vision Interference

Some people experience interference with their vision such as flecks and spots, halos, odd lighting effects such as shadows or a feeling like a curtain has been drawn or an effect known as tunnel vision which means you cannot see off to the side. All of these vision problems require immediate attention and you should contact your eye doctor for an appointment as soon as possible. Again an assessment will be required to determine what is causing the vision problems in order to offer treatment.

Because vision changes can be a symptom of so many different health concerns it is advised you see your doctor when vision problems begin. You should schedule annual eye exams even if all seems well. Your eye doctor will assess your eye health as well as look for changes in your vision. The sooner issues can be identified the better chance there will be to provide treatment or further testing to determine what is causing your vision changes.