When To See An Eye Doctor

Comprehensive Eye Care in Latham, NY

At the Brass Eye Center, our mission is to help patients throughout the Latham and Clifton Park, NY areas maintain healthy, crystal-clear vision for a lifetime. Maintaining that vision requires comprehensive eye care from a trained ophthalmologist. But as a patient, how can you know when it's time to visit the eye doctor? As your dedicated eye care clinic, we strive to be a resource for every aspect of eye health. Here's a simple guide to help you understand when you should see an eye doctor.

When to Have an Eye Exam

One of the most important elements of maintaining healthy vision isn't ophthalmology treatments, but rather routine preventive eye exams. Eye exams help track your vision over time, giving us insight into how your vision may be changing and letting us spot problems before they get too serious. The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends that adults aged 55 to 64 should have an eye exam at least once every 3 years, while those 65 and over should have an exam every other year. Maintaining these regular exams is one of the best steps you can take to protect your vision in the long-term.

Other Reasons to See an Eye Doctor

But in addition to routine exams, there are certain signs and symptoms that may warrant an impromptu visit to your eye doctor. If you experience any of the following issues, it may be time to schedule an appointment at one of our eye clinics:

  • Consistent Headache: Certain eye conditions can be behind headaches, so scheduling an eye exam may help if you find yourself prone to regular headaches.
  • Eye Pain: This may seem like a no-brainer, but it bears repeating. If you experience eye pain that doesn't go away, it's important to schedule an exam – it may be a sign of something bigger.
  • Changes in Vision: Any change in your vision is an obvious sign that you need to see your ophthalmologist. In particular, if you notice a sudden increase in floaters (squiggly-looking pieces of translucent dust in your vision), flashing lights, or shadows in peripheral vision, you should schedule an eye exam immediately, as these may be signs of a detached retina.
  • Eye Infection: Redness, pain, swelling, discharge, or the nagging feeling that something's in your eye are all signs of eye infection – and if you have one, it's important to see the eye doctor ASAP.

Schedule an Appointment with Your Clifton Park & Latham Eye Clinic

These are some of the more obvious reasons to plan a visit to the eye doctor, but you should have an eye exam anytime you feel there may be something wrong with your eye or your vision. And if you'd like to schedule your next exam, our Latham & Clifton Park eye doctors would be thrilled to help! Contact us today to learn more about our eye clinic or to schedule your next appointment. We can't wait to hear from you, and we look forward to helping you protect your vision for a lifetime!