Signs of Sight Loss That Everyone Should Watch Out For
Lickteig Family Eyecare helps countless patients from across the Boston Metropolitan area cope with sight loss each year. Vision loss is very common. Consider that the 2017 National Health Interview Survey found that roughly 26.9 million Americas reported that they either have trouble seeing or are blind. If you are experiencing sight loss, you should contact an optometrist immediately.
Common symptoms of sight loss include:
- High sensitivity to light
- Difficulty focusing on objects, either near or distant
- Double vision
- Blurry vision
- Difficulty reading signs or text
- Eye pain
- Dark spots at the center of your view
- Distorted or wavy line edges
- Watery, itchy, or burning eyes
- Seeing “ghost-like” images
Sight loss often occurs slowly with the quality of your vision declining over time. Your vision could be degrading and you might not even notice. One day, you might find yourself squinting while trying to read a book or sign.
Sight loss can also occur instantly and dramatically. Everything could seem fine when suddenly you lose vision in one or both of your eyes. Likewise, your vision could suddenly become hazy or you might experience flashes of light. Loss of peripheral vision is also common.
Your eyes could simply be losing their vitality as you age. You may simply need glasses. In some cases, vision loss is a sign of a serious medical condition. In such cases, you need to seek medical treatment immediately. Some chronic conditions, including high blood pressure and diabetes, may also increase risks.
In some cases, you may need advanced medical treatment to restore or protect your eyes. Often, however, the right pair of glasses can do the trick, restoring your vision. The exact treatment required will depend on your specific condition.
We have locations in Boston, Medford, Natick, and Dedham. Our professional optometrists would be happy to work with you to prevent sight loss.