We recommend that you see an ophthalmologist on a regular basis. We advise a regular ophthalmologic examination even if you don’t presently wear eyeglasses or contact lenses. An appointment with your ophthalmologist is important to help maintain proper eye health and help catch issues before they become serious. For those who have perfect vision, it can be hard to justify seeing another doctor just to be told things look great, but eyes are important and they’re always changing. Even if you have great eye health now, there could be risk factors that are changing how your eyes will be in the future. Keep reading to learn more about your eyes, and how to tell if you should make an appointment soon.
How should I best monitor my eye health?
If you’re hesitant to see an ophthalmologist regularly, that’s certainly your choice. However, if you do experience any of the below symptoms, we recommend making an appointment soon to make sure your eyes are healthy.
Look out for issues like:
- Seeing a “curtain coming down” over one eye
- Sensing a “cup filling up with ink” in one eye
- Unusual, even painful, sensitivity to light or glare
- Swollen, red eyes
- Changes in the color of the iris
- White areas in the pupil of the eye
- Sudden development of persistent floaters
- Itching, burning, or a heavy discharge in the eyes
- Any sudden or gradual change in vision
Am I at risk for developing an eye disease?
There are many diseases of the eye, and there are many different causes of eye diseases and eye symptoms. So, it’s important to understand your individual risk factors. Your family history can also mean a higher chance of developing certain eye diseases.
Overall, there are some risk factors that are commonly linked to issues of the eyes. If you have diabetes, drink excessively, are exposed to high amounts of sunlight or radiation, are extremely overweight, or have a family history of eye disorders, you have an increased likelihood of developing eye issues.
If you’ve experienced changes in your eyes lately, or are just interested in seeing an ophthalmologist for an exam, we can help. Give us a call at (818) 907-1038 for our Encino location or (818) 346-8118 for our West Hills location to schedule a consultation and we can help you keep your eyes healthy.