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You take the time to worry about your heart and your lungs, so why wouldn't you think about your eye health? If you are like most people, it might be because you don't know that much about how to take care of your eyes. Fortunately, I have been working with other people to teach them about eye health for the past twenty years. My father lost his eyesight because of a few bad decisions, and I don't want to see other people go down that path. Read here to learn why you should exercise, eat right, and see your eye doctor regularly.

Improving Your Eye Health

5 Signs You Should Visit An Optometrist

James Castro

Visiting an optometrist is a good way to stay in front of numerous vision problems. You should pay attention to some of the most common signs it's time for an appointment, especially these five.

Blurred or Cloudy Vision   

One of the most obvious arguments for visiting an optometrist is blurry or clouded vision. Blurry vision can occur due to the aging of the eye, and clouding may be a sign of cataracts starting to develop. Even if you believe you're too young for either of these developments, it's a good idea to see a doctor and get their opinion. This is especially true if your family has a history of vision problems or you work in an industry that can cause eye trouble, such as welding.


Your body has some ability to compensate for vision issues, and it often handles this by causing your eyes to unconsciously squint. This can force you to focus more often, and that may lead to headaches as your brain tries to keep up. Also, optic nerve issues can sometimes manifest as headaches.

Notably, the flow of problems is sometimes reversed. People with neurological issues sometimes have headaches that lead to vision problems. It is a good idea to rule out optometry issues before talking with a neurologist.

Eye Strain

In some cases, the squinting and focal adjustments may cause more strain on the eyes rather than triggering headaches. Your eyes may feel tired all of the time, for example. Some folks also end up with sore or dry eyes, and that can lead to a feeling of strain.

Bloodshot Eyes

When a person's eyes aren't getting sufficient oxygen, they can end up bloodshot. Also, some irritants may lead to bloodshot eyes, too. The solution may be as simple as the doctor prescribing some eye drops, or it could lead to the discovery of a bigger medical issue. For example, some thyroid conditions can lead to bloodshot eyes. It is a good idea to visit an optometrist and find out what's going on if bloodshot eyes don't clear up after a good night's rest.

Balance Problems

Vision trouble can also make it harder for you to move around safely. A person struggling with their vision may become less balanced. You might find, for example, that you're bumping into more objects than before. Even if you feel like your vision is still the same, ask an optometrist. You might be surprised what turns up after an exam.