It is common knowledge that maintaining excellent eye health requires regular visits to your optometrist, who will check for all things relating to vision and eye health. Still, often work commitments and personal life matters can get in the way of paying close attention to ourselves to make sure our bodies are in proper functioning order. However, it is imperative that you visit your optometrist at the first signs of eye pain or visual disturbances to counter potentially irreparable damage.


In this article, we will discuss the common symptoms indicating the need to come into the optometrist’s office ASAP. The following are causes for concern:

Bloodshot eyes:
If your sleep schedule is normal and you haven’t overindulged in alcohol, then bloodshot eyes may indicate uveitis, inflammation in the eye. Uveitis may be a sign of something more serious, such as rheumatoid arthritis.


Different-sized pupils:
Pupils need to be the same size and react the same way to light. However, if one pupil is larger or responds differently than the other, it can indicate a brain tumor, multiple sclerosis, or an aneurysm.


Droopy eyelids:
Droopy lids can indicate myasthenia gravis, a muscle-weakening immune disease. A single episode of droopy lids can also be a sign of stroke, Bell’s palsy, or temporary facial paralysis.


Itchy, swollen eyes:
Red, itchy eyes usually indicate allergies, often treated with eye drops and antihistamines.


Under-eye circles:
Dark smudging under the eyes can mean lack of sleep, allergies, aging, or genetics.


White/gray rings around cornea:
Senilis around the cornea might signify high cholesterol or high triglycerides, meaning that a person has a higher risk for heart attack and stroke. But senilis can also just be a sign of aging.


Yellowing whites of the eyes can indicate liver-related diseases, including hepatitis and cirrhosis, ordinarily produced by an excess of bilirubin (a yellow pigment made during the breakdown of red blood cells) in the blood.


The potential benefits to optometrist appointments go beyond merely gaining access to new information for your eyes. These are just some of the signs of common eye problems—it could be something more. At the first signs of symptoms, it is best to visit your eye doctor for a more definitive diagnosis and treatment plan.

– Dr. Nadia Rahman

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