Have the vision to keep aware of your eye health
as long as possible. If you feel discomfort, or need to blink before 10 seconds is up, it could be dry eye,” says Sarah.
“While dry eyes can be a natural sign of ageing environmental factors can exacerbate the condition, such as cold weather, some medication, or contact lenses.
“There is no cure but there are things we can do to manage it.”
“BLOODSHOT eyes can be a normal sign of ageing or eye fatigue, contact lens wear, allergies, computer vision syndrome or dry eye disease, all of which an optometrist can help with,” says Sarah. “If the redness is significant, it could be a sign of something more serious so shouldn’t be ignored. ”
Temporary visual disturbances Strange, short-term changes in vision – possibly including partial or complete blindness for a brief period – might be due to ocular/ retinal migraine.
“One in five people that suffer with migraines experience ocular migraines, so they are fairly common and usually cause vision problems in both eyes simultaneously,” says Sarah.
“People describe shimmering effects, zigzag movements and coloured lights. These episodes usually subside by themselves, the best thing to do is to rest.
But get checked out by a doctor. “Similar symptoms can be caused by mini strokes, or a transient ischemic attack, and it’s important to catch these early.”