Eye conditions can develop at any age and in any gender but they can be difficult to catch if you do not know the symptoms associated with a condition. Children are especially unlikely to tell you when they are having trouble seeing clearly because they will have no idea that this is not the normal way to see the world around them. Knowing the signs of poor vision or an eye condition can help you to bring yourself or a loved one to the optometrist early enough for quick and simple treatment.
Adults, teenagers, and children alike can experience frequent and debilitating headaches if they have something such as astigmatism wrong with their vision. An optometrist in Wichita, KS can help you to diagnose and then treat a number of issues that could cause the headaches. In some cases, it is a simple matter of changing the conditions in which you work, such as adjusting the lighting so that your eyes can rest, while severe cases could call for surgical treatment.
Some eye infections such as those commonly referred to as “pink eye” can be treated with little more than some antibiotic drops. However, contact us if you experience signs of other eye infections that are much more serious and require something a bit tougher from your optometrist to reduce and eventually eliminate. Common symptoms include redness, pain, itching, discharge from the eye, light sensitivity, and blurred vision, all of which indicate that an infection is developing in the eye.
Flashes and Floaters
If you occasionally see a translucent squiggly line floating around in your vision that you cannot quite look at directly, you are looking at a floater. These are typically nothing to worry about and are a common occurrence but there are some instances in which they could indicate a serious problem. A sudden increase in number of floaters and flashing lights could indicate a partially detached retina, which is an emergency requiring quick treatment.