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Day to day, you may not notice any changes in your vision, but over time your eyesight can change dramatically. The Optometrist Association of Australia recommends that you visit your optometrist every two years for a check up, sooner if you have any concerns. Check ups are generally covered by Medicare.
Your eyes are an amazing portal to the rest of your body so even if you feel that your vision is fine, your optometrist may be the first to detect a serious health problem such as diabetes, melanoma, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
Here are some common signs that you need to see an optometrist:
Loss of clarity
Have a look at a street sign, are you finding it harder to read it? Is it blurry or hazy?
Dots and lines
Do you have dots or lines in your line of sight?
Issues with focusing
Are you having trouble focusing either whilst reading, working on the computer or when you look into the distance?
Do you suffer from headaches and migraines regularly?
Do you frequently experience double vision?
Are you sensitive to light? Do you have difficulty in brightly lit rooms?
Balance and depth perception
Are you clumsy or have difficulties with balance? Do you struggle with how far away something (perhaps a car when driving) actually is?
These are common complaints that can be the result of vision impairment. If not attended to, your symptoms will worsen and your vision will deteriorate. In the majority of cases, these complaints can be resolved by a visit to the optometrist who will then prescribe the best solution for you. Time to make that appointment?