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Watching Out for Poor Vision

A decline in strong vision is usually the result of a number of conditions including anatomical changes or irregularities in the eye or visual system, eye diseases, side effects caused by medicine or injuries to the eye. Many people also experience visual abnormalities resulting from aging or eye strain. These experiences can lead to changes in your vision, which can sometimes cause pain and even make it harder to get through everyday activities, like reading books or working on a computer for extended periods of time. These vision problems can be expressed via the following symptoms: blurry vision, headaches, eye strain, and struggling with short or long distances.

Blurred vision is one of the most oft-reported signs of a vision problem. If you have blurred vision when focusing on distant objects, you could very well be myopic or nearsighted. If you have blurred vision when you're viewing anything close by this could mean you suffer from hyperopia, or farsightedness. It can also be a symptom of astigmatism because of an irregularity in the shape of the cornea. In all cases of blurry vision, it is really important that an eye doctor examine your vision and prescribe a solution to help clarify your sight.

Rapid flashes of light, often combined with black floating spots and the feeling of a dark curtain or veil blocking a part of your vision indicates the chance of a retinal detachment. In this case, make an appointment to see your eye doctor as soon as you can, as this can have long-term consequences for your eyesight.

Another common warning sign of a vision problem is trouble distinguishing shades or strength of color. This generally means the patient has color blindness. Interestingly, this condition is often not known to the patient until discovered via a consultation. Color blindness is mostly found in males. If present in a female it could indicate ocular disease, in which case, an eye doctor should be consulted. For those who can't see objects in low light, it is a sign of possible night blindness.

Cataracts, a condition frequently seen older people have numerous telltale signs including: blurry vision that weakens in bright light, weak night vision, trouble seeing small writing or objects, colors that appear faded or yellowed, double or triple vision in one eye only puffiness of the eye, and a milky white look to the usually dark pupil.

Pulsing eye pain, headaches, blurry sight, inflammation in the eye, rainbow halos around lights, nausea and vomiting are indicators of glaucoma, a serious medical condition, which requires medical attention.

When it comes to children, it's useful to watch for uncoordinated eye movement, or eyes that cross in or out, which could indicate a condition known as strabismus. Certain behavior in children, like rubbing eyes frequently, squinting, or needing to shut one eye to look at things better, often indicate this issue.

Even though some conditions may be more severe than others, any disruption to clear sight can be something that compromises your quality of life. A quick visit to your optometrist can prevent unnecessary discomfort, or further eye problems.