When it comes to your health, there is nothing too small for you to do to fix it, including having to visit an optician if you are concerned.

If you are no longer hearing people properly, you go and see an audiologist and you get your hearing checked out. If you are struggling to walk, you go and speak to your doctor and get a scan to find out why that’s happening.

You know your body better than anybody else, which means that you know when things are feeling bad and when things are feeling good. Your eyesight is one thing you should not ignore.

Going to the opticians shouldn’t be something that you do under duress!

The moment that you notice your eyesight is failing, you should be looking to get it fixed. Your eyes are important, and not just for seeing the world around you, but for building memories and having fun with your family and spending time with your kids.

You want to be able to see them grow up, and you want to be able to go to work and feel comfortable with what you’re doing.

So if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you need to make an appointment to book an eye doctor.

Driving at night is no longer of interest

If you’re looking for a benchmark of where you can figure out your eyesight struggles, it’s night time driving.

Everybody has a harder time seeing something in the dark. The solution could be something as simple as a new prescription glasses, or it could be a sign of something more problematic.

If you have newly forming cataracts, for example, an optician can help.

You notice that your eyes are redder or pinker than usual

Having red or pink in your eyes can be due to something common, such as fatigue, chlorine or looking at a screen for too long. However, it could also be a sign of something more sinister and complicated.

Redder eyes can be associated with a variety of conditions, from conjunctivitis to glaucoma.

If you are concerned about itchy or sore red eyes, then the first thing you should do is speak to your General Practitioner. From there, you should book an appointment with your eye doctor.

You find your eyes are sensitive to light

Can you see the light around you?

If you are squinting or having to turn your way up after a few seconds because your eyes are sensitive to the light around you, then there’s every chance that you may have some kind of inflammation in your eye.

The problem could be caused by a mild cold or migraine. However, it could also be connected to a problem with the cornea, the thin transparent layer that covers the iris. It may even go deeper into the eye.

Whatever it is, light sensitivity needs to be looked at very seriously.

You’re struggling to focus

Blurry vision can happen for a number of reasons. If you already wear glasses, you may likely attribute it to that.

However, blurry vision can be a sign of many health concerns, not just those related to the actual eyes themselves. Make sure you speak to your optician or GP if you feel concerned in any way – no matter how insignificant it might seem.

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