The American Optometric Association recommends that adults aged 19 to 40 receive an eye exam at least every two years. If there is any family history of eye disease, diabetes, or past vision problems, your doctor of optometry may recommend more frequent exams. In between examinations, if you notice a change in your vision, contact your doctor. Detecting and treating problems early can help maintain good vision for the rest of your life. Eyestrain is a common occurrence in today's visually demanding world. A typical college schedule or office workday involves spending long hours reading, working at a desk, or staring at a computer.
See your doctor if you experience the following signs and symptoms of eyestrain:
- Sore or tired eyes
- Itching or burning sensations in the eyes
- Sensitivity to light
- Dry or watery eyes
- Difficulty focusing
- Eyeglasses, including single vision reading glasses and multifocal lenses
- Contact lenses, including monovision and bifocal lenses
- Laser surgery and other refractive surgery procedures
- Fluctuating Vision If you experience frequent changes in how clearly you can see, it may be a sign of diabetes or hypertension (high blood pressure).
- Seeing Floaters and Flashes
- Loss of Side Vision
- Seeing distorted images