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Signs Of Sight Loss

Signs Of Sight Loss

There are many diseases of the eye that can cause vision loss. Glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and macular degeneration are just a few of the conditions that cause permanent vision loss. Many of the conditions that cause loss of sight have no cure; however, there are treatment methods for many that slow the progression of the disease. If you are able to recognize the signs of sight loss, our eye doctor at Oxford Optometry can begin treatment.

What Are the Signs Of Sight Loss?

Many of the conditions that cause you to lose your vision show no early signs. It isn't until you begin to experience the symptoms of sight loss that you realize that there is a problem. These symptoms include:

  • Blurry vision

  • Double vision

  • Seeing halos or rainbows around lights

  • Seeing flashes of light

  • Floaters

  • A sudden change in vision

  • Severe pain in the eye

  • Sensitivity to light that can be painful

  • Itching or burning in the eyes

  • Red, swollen eyes

  • White areas in the pupil

  • Changes in your eye color

What Should I Do If I Experience These Symptoms?

If you begin to experience any of the signs of sight loss, you should schedule an appointment with your eye doctor right away. Your doctor will perform a dilated eye exam to determine the cause of your sudden vision loss. When the cause has been established, you can begin treatment.

What Can Be Done To Improve My Vision?

Once permanent vision loss has occurred, it often cannot be reversed. A new eyeglass prescription can help to improve your vision. When new prescriptions are no longer effective, there are low vision aids that can help make your vision loss more manageable. A few of these include:

  • Handheld magnifiers

  • Telescopic glasses

  • Books on tape

  • Text reading software

  • Large print publications

  • Talking clocks and watches

  • Closed-circuit television

The best way to preserve your prescription for as long as possible is to schedule an appointment with Oxford Optometry in Woodstock as soon as your experience the signs of sight loss. The sooner we get to the root of the problem, the sooner we can begin treatment.

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