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Good Vision: Warning Signs Of Eye Problems To Look Out For

Updated on 27 February 2022

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Keeping your eyes healthy can make a significant difference in your health and overall well-being. Staying aware of your ocular health and monitoring any changes through comprehensive eye exams can effectively reduce your chances of vision loss. Many eye problems are relatively benign, such as mild myopia. However, problems such as cataracts, glaucoma, and age-related macular degeneration can steal your vision without proper intervention.

Symptoms of Eye Problems

Monitoring your eye health can ensure your eyes are properly taken care of. If signs of an eye problem are noticed, then a proper treatment plan can be planned at the best eye hospital in Hyderabad to preserve and protect your vision.

1. Red Eyes - Many different illnesses and accidents can induce redness in the eye, which can cause irritation, swelling, and vision loss. The little blood vessels in the eyes typically become inflamed, causing the whites of the eyes to appear pink or red. Your eyes may be red as a sign that they are irritated. It could also be a symptom of a more serious disease or infection. If your eyes have been red for a long time, see your optometrist for an examination. Common eye problems associated with red eyes include:

  • Blepharitis
  • Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)
  • Eye Allergies
  • Uveitis

2. Night Blindness - Typically, your eyes can easily adjust between well-lit and dark places, but if there is trouble seeing when it gets dark outside, you may have a night vision problem. This can be an indicator of:

  • Cataracts
  • Nystagmus
  • Retinitis Pigmentosa

3. Headache - A headache is referred to as a pain in the head, neck, and face. A headache is usually indicative of emotional or physical distress, such as stress or high blood pressure. Depending on the source, headaches can affect various areas of the head. A dull aching, severe pain, or throbbing in the temples can all be symptoms of a headache. If over-the-counter medication fails to relieve your headache or the pain lasts for more than a week, you should definitely see a doctor. A headache can also be associated with various eye problems, some of which are considered eye emergencies. Some eye conditions that a headache may indicate are:

  • Angle-Closure Glaucoma
  • Refractive Error
  • Migraine
  • Photokeratitis

4. Light Sensitivity - Light sensitivity, often referred to as photophobia, is a condition that makes bright light uncomfortable. Slight squinting in a brightly lit environment or outside is a sign of mild photophobia. In a more severe case of this condition, when your eyes are exposed to any kind of light, it causes significant pain. Light sensitivity is also a common symptom of several different eye conditions. Some conditions associated with light sensitivity include:

  • Cataracts
  • Corneal Abrasion
  • Allergies
  • Keratoconus
  • Migraine
  • Strabismus

5. Floaters - Floaters appear in your field of vision as specks, spots, lines, or webs. They appear to be in front of your eye, but they are actually floating within the vitreous. The shadows cast on the retina by microscopic groupings of cells are what you see. Floaters are normally safe in small amounts, as they fade and disappear over time. When you're looking at something plain, like a blank wall or the sky is when you'll usually see them. However, severe floaters can be indicative of a larger problem, such as:

  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Eye Lymphoma
  • Torn or Detached Retina
  • Posterior Vitreous Detachment
  • Uveitis

6. Flashes - Flashes might appear in your field of view as flashing lights or lightning streaks. After being knocked on the head, some patients report seeing flashes that resemble "seeing stars."Flashes are usually caused by the vitreous rubbing or pushing on the retina, and they might occur as a result of ageing. However, flashes are common with certain eye conditions such as:

  • Detached or Torn Retina
  • Migraine

If you start to see flashes you haven’t seen before or have recently gotten eye surgery, it’s best to consult your doctor.

7. Dry Eyes - Your eyes may feel gritty, scratchy, and irritated as a result of dry eyes. Dry eye is a chronic problem that occurs when your eyes do not produce enough high-quality tears to keep them moist. However, dryness in the eyes can also be indicative of a bigger condition. Dry eye is a common symptom of:

  • Chronic Dry Eye
  • Blepharitis
  • Bell’s Palsy

8. Excessive Tearing - You could be suffering from a multitude of problems if your eyes are constantly watering and generating too many tears. Tears are produced by irritated eyes in an attempt to lubricate and soothe them. Typically, tearing may be associated with:

  • Bacterial Keratitis
  • Blocked Tear Duct
  • Conjunctivitis 
  • Dry Eye
  • Allergies

9. Blurred or Distorted Vision - Vision that is blurred or distorted is a frequent symptom of a number of eye diseases. You should see a doctor at an eye hospital in Hyderabad as soon as possible if you notice any sudden, major changes in your vision. Common eye conditions that may cause blurred or distorted vision include:

  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Astigmatism
  • Cataracts
  • Conjunctivitis 
  • Detached or Torn Retina
  • Keratoconus
  • Macular Edema
  • Refractive Error

10. Swelling - Trauma to the head, neck, or face can cause swelling on or around the eye. The tissues in the eye or eyelids might become irritated and inflamed, resulting in a puffy, discoloured appearance that is very typical to the condition. Swelling can indicate a serious eye problem. Common issues include:

  • Black Eye
  • Blepharitis
  • Blocked Tear Duct
  • Cellulitis
  • Conjunctivitis 
  • Corneal Ulcer
  • Scleritis
  • Graves’ Disease

If you’re experiencing changes in your ocular health or vision, it’s important to consult your ophthalmologist or the best eye hospital as soon as possible.

Dr. Deepti Mehta

MBBS, DNB (Ophthalmology), FICS (USA), Fellowship in Medical Retina (LVPEI, Sarojini Devi), Retinopathy of Prematurity (LVPEI), Diploma in Diabetes
CARE Hospitals, HITEC City.






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