When to see your doctor about your vision problems


July 9, 2015

Vision loss is often preventable. Knowing the symptoms may help you stay ahead of problems

The number of people losing their vision is growing, yet experts say much of this vision loss could be prevented. In Tennessee alone, nearly 200,000 people have vision loss, according to the American Foundation for the Blind.

Don’t put off regular eye exams because your eyes feel fine or you don’t wear glasses or contact lenses. Signs of some eye diseases, such as glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration (AMD), are present before you might notice symptoms.

It’s best to see your eye doctor before trouble starts — that means regular eye exams!

When should I see a doctor?

These signs should prompt a visit at once:

  • Trouble seeing objects close up or far away
  • Colors that seem faded
  • Poor night vision
  • Double or multiple vision
  • Loss of side vision
  • Poor central vision or straight objects that look wavy
  • Blurry text or type

What should I do in the meantime?

  • Don’t smoke
  • Use sunglasses that block ultraviolet (UV) rays in bright sun or at high altitudes
  • Exercise regularly
  • Eat healthy
  • See your eye doctor regularly (each year if you’re 60 or older)

Don’t take your eyes for granted. Schedule an eye exam today and visit a Vanderbilt Optical Shop.