Are you sure to visit you eye doctor on a periodic basis for regularly-scheduled comprehensive eye exams? If so, that is one of the most important things you can do to protect your good eye health. Even if your eyes are showing no signs of any eye problems, having a periodic eye exam is a very important thing to do. This is because there are many eye diseases and disorders that do not show any symptoms in the early stages. However, in the case of some eye diseases, permanent vision loss can occur even if you are not aware of any symptoms. For example, glaucoma is an eye disease that can cause permanent vision loss before symptoms even become apparent. But, when diagnosed early, before problems occur, the disease can be halted and in its tracks and vision loss will be prevented. If the disease is allowed to progress, irreversible vision damage will occur. Importantly, there are also some specific eye symptoms that you may experience that should alert you to the fact that you need a Tampa FL eye exam right away.
Our practice is Optical Outlets. We offer a great many products at our optical store, but many patients also come to our eye care practice for comprehensive eye exams and eye care. If you ever have blurry vision, eye redness, eye itchiness, a sudden increased number of floaters, headaches, sudden vision loss, or eye strain, it is important that you make an appointment right away to come to our office for a Tampa FL eye exam.
If you experience a sudden increase in the numbers of floaters and/or flashing light, it may be an indication that you have experienced a retinal tear. A sudden vision loss can mean that you possibly have a retinal detachment. These are both very serious conditions that need to be seen immediately by our eye doctor. If left untreated for even a short time, retinal detachments will cause permanent vision loss. However, if seen early, they can generally be successfully treated and vision can often be restored. Sudden blurred vision, or loss of vision, can also be a sign of diabetic retinopathy or other eye disease. Again, immediate care is imperative. Red and itchy eyes can be a sign of allergies, conjunctivitis, or some type of red eye. Again, the sooner you are seen and treated, the better. If you need a Tampa FL eye exam, contact our optical practice to be seen by our expert optometrist.