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5 Signs You Should Visit Your Eye Doctor

5 Signs You Should Visit Your Eye Doctor

Can you remember the last time you went to visit your optometrist for an eye exam? Are you having trouble reading this sentence? Hopefully not! However, blurry vision is not the only reason why you need to visit your optometrist regularly. You do not want to take risks when it comes to your eye health. Any type of vision problem, eye pain, or eye discomfort can make it difficult to function every day. These problems can also be an indicator of a more serious underlying health condition that may need medical treatment right away. Not all eye conditions present noticeable symptoms at first but may become severe and irreversible if left undetected in the early stages. Your vision may seem perfect, but that does not mean that you are safe from underlying conditions such as cataracts or glaucoma that may not cause  symptoms until advanced stages are reached. This article will go over a few sure signs that you need to visit your optometrist as soon as possible to receive a comprehensive eye exam.

Difficulty Seeing At Night And While Driving

Difficulty seeing while driving at night is one of the first tell-tale signs that something is wrong with your vision. Most people have a harder time seeing in the dark and at far distances, therefore if your eyes are struggling, it will become more apparent in these situations. All you may need is a quick fix with prescription glasses or it could be a sign of a more problematic condition that needs treatment right away. By visiting your eye doctor, you will be taking preventative measures to protect your vision and begin treatment before more serious conditions start to develop. 

Eye Fatigue

Many of us spend a lot of time staring at screens at work and at home which can cause eye fatigue. Humans blink around 20 times per minute— but when you are staring at a screen, you blink much less. This is a problem since your eyes cannot be lubricated adequately, therefore causing eye fatigue. If your eyes feel constantly fatigued, you may need prescription eye drops to help keep them lubricated or you could have a problem with the alignment of your eyes. Visiting your optometrist will diagnose the issue so you can begin treatment right away to restore your vision.

Dry Eyes

If your eyes feel irritated or you have a persistent feeling of having something in your eye, you may be suffering from dry eye syndrome. Dry eye syndrome is a common yet extremely uncomfortable condition that can be caused by the environment you live in, problems with your tear ducts, or the use of certain medications. If you suffer from dry eyes, visit your optometrist right away so you can begin treatment to help you see comfortably once again.

Light Sensitivity

Light sensitivity is a common symptom for several eye diseases and infections. Some conditions that cause sensitivity to light can cause scarring leading to irreversible damage to your vision. If you are having trouble adjusting your eyes to different lighting, visit your eye doctor right away.


If you are seeing halos around lights, it may indicate you have astigmatism or presbyopia (gradual loss of your eye’s ability to focus on nearby objects). Book an appointment with your optometrist to receive a comprehensive eye exam so they can perform a proper diagnosis and create a personalized treatment plan for you.

Visit Market Mall Optometry For Your Eye Care Needs

Just as you visit your dentist regularly for cleanings, you should also be visiting your optometrist regularly for comprehensive eye exams. Adults between the ages of 18-64 are recommended to visit their eye doctor once every two years and adults 65+ should visit their optometrist annually. If you are suffering from vision problems or eye discomfort, do not try to wait it out. Book an appointment with your eye doctor so early diagnosis and early treatment can help you avoid serious eye conditions.

Eye exams do more than just check the quality of your vision. They evaluate your eye health to ensure you are not developing any underlying eye conditions or diseases that could affect your vision and overall health in the future. If you currently suffer from poor vision or eye health complications, you may have become accustomed to the symptoms and do not realize you require professional help. Our team of experienced eye doctors at Market Mall Optometry in Calgary understands just how important regular eye exams are for your overall health. To book a comprehensive eye exam for you or your child, contact Market Mall Optometry by calling 403-286-4884 or filling out our online contact form.


Q: How often should adults visit their optometrist?
A: According to the Canadian Association Of Optometrists, adults are recommended to visit their optometrist to receive a comprehensive eye exam once every two years. Adults over the age of 65 should visit their optometrist annually.  

Q: What if I need glasses? 
A: Your optometrist will be able to determine if you require a prescription during your comprehensive eye exam. They will then take you through the next steps of selecting the glasses or contacts lenses you would like. 

Q: Are comprehensive eye exams uncomfortable?
A: A comprehensive eye exam is non-invasive so you will not feel any pain or discomfort for the duration of the exam. 

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