Is Your Eyesight Getting Worse? Here Are 5 Ways to Know

Updated on January 23, 2020

Eyesight is the most important of the five senses, having vision makes the difference whether we have independence in our lives or not. Unfortunately, some people ignore going to the eye doctor because they think their vision is fine, which leads to over 1 billion people developing vision impairments that could have been prevented. 

If you feel that your eyesight is getting worse, do not panic! There are signs and symptoms to look out for and there are professionals that can help you. 

The only problem is knowing what the signs and symptoms of declining eyesight are, and actually doing something about it. 

So if you feel that your eyesight is getting worse, keep on reading to learn about what you need to watch out for, and what to do about it. 

Let’s get started. 

Signs and Symptoms of Declining Eyesight

It is essential to pay attention to your eyesight and check if there are any changes happening. If you experience any of the following signs or symptoms, make an appointment with your eye doctor immediately.

  • Double vision
  • Hazy or blurred vision
  • Seeing floating “spider webs”
  • Swollen, red eyes
  • Seeing a curtain closing or coming down over one (or both) eye.
  • Changes in the color of your iris
  • Halos or lights around the corners of your eyes
  • Pain around the eye
  • White colors in the pupils of the eyes
  • Floaters in the eyes
  • Itching, discharge, or burning in the eye
  • Any sudden change in vision
  • Seeing flashes of light or bright floating spots
  • Seeing rainbows or specific colors around the eyes.

These are all visual changes in vision, and could also be signs of something much worse happening. If you have recently experienced head trauma and see any of these symptoms, go to the emergency ASAP.

Eye injuries are also responsible for these symptoms, wearing protective eyeglasses can prevent eye injuries by up to 90%! 

Other Symptoms of Declining Eyesight

Most people believe that poor eyesight symptoms are only visual, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Since our eyesight is responsible for our ability to balance and walk, it only makes sense that there are physical symptoms as well. 

Pay close attention to physical changes such as:

  • Slipping
  • Brushing against walls while walking
  • Inability to walk in a straight line
  • Walking hesitantly
  • Inability to identify faces or objects
  • Lack of interest playing activities that once interested you
  • Loss of depth perception, reaching for something and missing the target
  • Difficulty walking on uneven surfaces
  • Feeling more fear while walking out and about
  • Slower walking, feeling more cautious.
  • Trouble identifying colors
  • Mismatching colors or patterns, not being able to tell the difference

These are all signs of your eyesight getting worse due to a possible neurological issue. Do not panic, but it is vital that you set up some medical eye exams as soon as possible to get assessed. 

Is Your Eyesight Getting Worse? Here’s What to Do 

If you feel that your eyesight is getting worse, have any of these above symptoms, or experienced eye or head trauma, it is imperative that you go seek a medical professional as soon as possible. 

Did you find this article helpful? Check out more like this under the prevention section of our blog. 

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