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Posted on 03-15-2014

Signs That It's Time To Get Your Eyes Examined

You should see your Optometrist annually, however, there are times in between your annual exams where you may find that you need to come in more frequently. Here are some of your body’s way of telling you to schedule an appointment.


Headaches may be an indication of a change in your prescription and/or too much strain on your eyes. A major cause of headaches can be continuously staring at your computer for many hours. This ultimately leads to muscle fatigue, strain and discomfort. If you experience headaches in the forehead or temple area after using the computer, you likely are putting too much strain on your eyes.  There are many ways to help relieve these type of headaches. Dr. Patel will be able to provide specific recommendations on how to do so.


Eyelid tenderness and swelling with or without discharge may be a sign that you have an eye infection. Although your body’s immune system is able to fight off some infections, if you experience any tenderness around your eye, it is a sign you should absolutely be seen by Dr. Patel. Eyelid infections may in fact spread to other parts of the face and can lead to serious complications.


If you suddenly see flashes of light or floaters in your field of view, it can be a sign of a retinal detachment. The retinal tissue is a vital part of the eye responsible for all forms of vision. If this portion becomes detached, blindness may occur. Trauma to the eye or even a simple sneeze can lead to a retina detaching, so it is not to be taken lightly. It is crucial to have all forms of flashes and/or floaters evaluated to ensure that it does not lead to a retinal detachment.


If you start experiencing an increase in light sensitivity, it may be a sign of inflammation within your eye. People with any form of systemic inflammatory conditions such as Arthritis, Lupus or Sarcoidosis should be evaluated immediately as this inflammation can lead to vision loss. Even if you do not have these conditions but yet are experiencing light sensitivity, you should be evaluated by Dr. Patel.

As always, If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to call our Liberty Village office at (416) 516-2020 and we will be more than happy to answer your questions.

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