What Are the Signs That You Need an Eye Exam?


At SPEX, Dr. Scott Campbell is committed to your eye health. At our Seattle, WA office, we want to arm you with the information you need to make wise decisions for your eye health. Many people wonder when they need an eye exam — is it really just every two years, or are there other situations in which an eye exam may be necessary? While they may only seem necessary based on the suggestion of your insurance provider or if you need new eyeglasses, comprehensive eye exams are actually an important aspect of maintaining your eye health. Early detection of vision problems can help manage symptoms effectively and even prevent potential complications. That's why we've put together this informative information to help you identify when it's time to book an appointment for a comprehensive eye exam.

Are headaches ruining your day?

If frequent headaches have plagued you, it may not just be stress or lack of sleep causing them. Eye strain can be a significant culprit, especially if your eyeglass prescription is outdated or you've never had eyeglasses but need them. In such cases, scheduling a vision test can alleviate your headaches and improve your quality of life by restoring clear vision.

Why are you squinting to read?

Squinting is more than just an annoying habit; it's often a subconscious effort to improve focus and clarity. However, consistently squinting can strain your eyes and contribute to headaches. If you squint frequently to read text or discern distant objects, this is usually a sign that you're overdue for an eye exam.

Some common reasons you might be squinting include:

  • Nearsightedness
  • Farsightedness
  • Astigmatism

Is night driving becoming a challenge?

Poor night vision can make evening activities, especially driving, both challenging and dangerous. If you're finding it difficult to navigate in low-light conditions, this is not a matter to take lightly. An optometrist like Dr. Campbell can conduct a detailed vision test to identify the root cause of your issues and may prescribe eyeglasses specifically designed to improve your night vision.

Do your eyes feel tired or strained?

It's easy to brush off eye fatigue as a byproduct of a long workday in front of a computer. However, it could also indicate that your eyeglasses are no longer serving you well or that you may need them for the first time. In either case, an appointment with a comprehensive eye exam is the best course of action to pinpoint the problem and provide an effective solution.

Have you noticed floaters or flashing lights?

Seeing a few floaters occasionally is generally not a cause for concern. However, if you notice a sudden increase in floaters or the appearance of flashing lights in your vision, these could be symptoms of a severe issue such as retinal detachment. Immediate consultation and a comprehensive eye exam by an optometrist are crucial for accurate diagnosis and prompt treatment.

Know when it’s time for an eye exam

Don't underestimate the importance of regular eye exams in maintaining your visual and overall health. If you've been experiencing any of the symptoms, it's time to take action. Visit us at SPEX, where Dr. Scott Campbell and our dedicated team are ready to offer top-notch eye care. From the perfect pair of eyeglasses to comprehensive vision tests, we provide the services you need to keep your eyes healthy. Schedule your eye exam at our Seattle, WA location today and give your eyes the care they deserve.

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