According to the World Health Organization, around 1.3 billion people have some type of visual impairment. Fortunately, however, 80 percent of these cases are preventable. And the first step in preventing visual impairment is to make people more aware of the symptoms of various types of eye conditions. Regular eye exams are also very important for detecting eye conditions before they damage vision, so if you’re ready for an eye health exam in the Charleston area, don’t hesitate to contact Crescent Eye Care.

Eye Pain

Unless you know exactly what caused the eye pain, this is a warning sign that you should not ignore. Although eye pain can be temporary and result from something like an eye injury, allergies, or dry eye, it can also be an early sign of glaucoma, a group of conditions that affect the optic nerve in the eye.

Floaters, Gray Shadows, and Flashing Lights

A floater is a small shadow or dull area that develops in your peripheral vision and a gray shadow is something that usually moves across your field of vision. You may also experience what seems like a flashing light or lightning flash across your eye. None of these should be ignored because they could be a sign of retinal detachment. The retina is the sensitive layer on the inside of the eye that sends signals through the optic nerve and to the brain. The longer this condition persists, the more likely permanent vision loss will result.

Red Eye

Believe it or not, having one red eye is oftentimes more of a concern than two red eyes. Why? When both eyes are red at the same time, it’s usually caused by something like a cold or conjunctivitis (pink eye). These infections are minor and usually go away without any complications. However, one red eye may indicate uveitis or scleritis, a deeper inflammation of the eye. Uveitis is inflammation of the middle coating of the eye and scleritis is inflammation of the protective outer barrier of the eye. Although two red eyes is not usually a problem, if it persists longer than a couple days or weeks, schedule an eye appointment immediately.

Discomfort With Contacts

Although some people may experience discomfort or difficulty removing contacts, if you’re following all the rules of proper contact lens care and still experience discomfort throughout the day, you may have a bigger problem on your hands. Discomfort with contact lenses can be a sign of a serious infection. If you experience pain, discomfort, redness, or inflammation, schedule an eye exam immediately.

Persistent Blurry Vision

Most people know what it’s like to wake up with watery eyes or yawn and experience temporary blurriness in the eyes. This is normal — however, if the blurriness is persistent and doesn’t seem to be going away, it may be cause for concern. Blurred vision is an early sign of uveitis, glaucoma, a torn retina, or age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Blurriness or loss of vision in one eye is an early symptom of a stroke. Another cause of blurriness is a blocked carotid artery which supplies blood to the eyes.

Contact Crescent Eye Care Today

Here at Crescent Eye Care, we are committed to ensuring everyone in the Charleston area is able to experience reliable vision for life. Unfortunately, far too often, the warning signs listed above are ignored and cause people to experience vision degradation and even complete vision loss. Since 80 percent of visual impairments are preventable, it’s always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to your eye health. Schedule an appointment today.