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3 Warning Signs of Sight Loss You Shouldn't Ignore

Vision loss can happen slowly over a period of years, or it can come on quickly and unexpectedly. While sight problems are most common in older adults, no one is immune to sight loss and other vision issues. This means it's important for you to know which changes in your vision could indicate an emergency. We urge you to visit Maple Ridge Eye Care, your local optometry clinic in Maple Ridge if you or a loved one experiences any of the following symptoms.

1. Blurred vision

If your vision goes blurry, it could be a warning sign of vision loss, especially if you have diabetes. Diabetic retinopathy is a condition that damages the retina of the eye over time, and while it doesn't cause symptoms at first, it can cause blindness if left untreated. Blurry vision can also be a sign of glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, and other sight-threatening eye diseases.

2. Eye pain

While eye pain may not always be a sign that something serious is going on, it's never a good thing. In the worst-case scenario, you may have glaucoma or optic neuropathy, both of which can cause blindness. If your eyes hurt, you should see an optometrist as soon as you can, especially if the pain comes on suddenly.

3. Seeing dark spots, floaters, or flashes of light

If either dark spots or bright spots start to impede your vision, contact your eye doctor. Seeing sudden bright flashes could mean that your retina has detached from your eye -- a condition that requires immediate medical attention. The appearance of dark spots can indicate a problem with your macula.

Call Our Maple Ridge Optometrist

If anything about your sight changes suddenly, it's safest to see an optometry professional right away instead of hoping your symptoms are harmless. Your sight could depend on taking quick action. Call us at Maple Ridge Eye Care if you're worried about any recent changes in your vision. You can reach our office at 604-463-4469.

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