Body & Fitness

The eyes have it

In the interests of maintaining good eyesight, there are some symptoms or strange occurrences which you simply must not ignore. Consult an optometrist if you experience any of the following:

  • When lots of black dots suddenly appear in your vision, it could mean you have a vitreous detachment, when the gel-like substance in the eye suddenly pulls away from the inner back lining of the eye. This condition alone isn’t too serious, but it could lead to a serious retinal detachment and permanent vision loss if not treated.

  • If red, irritated eyes are becoming a fact of life, get them checked out, as ongoing infection can also lead to serious visual impairment.

  • Loss of side or central vision can suggest a gradual degeneration caused by glaucoma or optic atrophy and should be diagnosed and treated.

  • Sudden strange symptoms such as blurriness, inability to tolerate light and loss of colours may signal a serious problem and should lead you immediately to your optometrist.

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