Vision Health

When Eye Problems are Serious

Along with other essential parts of our body, our eyes age. While some changes are normal and to be expected, others can be more serious and can even put your vision at risk..

Experts from Harvard Medical School, who have written The Aging Eye: Preventing and Treating Eye Disease, offer some tips for recognizing serious symptoms. (Editor’s note: Even if you don’t have any of these symptoms, you should still have regular eye exams and tell your doctor about any changes in vision, no matter how minor you may think they are.)

Below, the Harvard Medica School experts list some serious system. Don’t wait for your reguar eye exam to call you doctor. Call your doctor if you experience any of the following:

 *   Change in iris color
 *   Crossed eyes
 *   A dark spot in the center of your field of vision
 *   Difficulty focusing on near or distant objects
 *   Double vision
 *   Dry eyes accompanied by itching or burning
 *   Episodes of cloudy vision
 *   Excess discharge or tearing
 *   Eye pain
 *   Floaters or flashers
 *   Growing bump on the eyelid
 *   Halos (colored circles around lights) or glare
 *   Hazy or blurred vision
 *   Inability to close an eyelid
 *   Loss of peripheral (side)vision
 *   Redness around the eye
 *   Spots in your field of vision
 *   Sudden loss of vision
 *   Trouble adjusting to dark rooms
 *   Unusual sensitivity to light or glare
 *   A “veil” that obstructs vision
 *   Wavy or crooked appearance to straight lines

For more information about preventing and treating eye disease, buy The Aging Eye, a Special Health Report from Harvard Medical School.