When should I see an eye doctor?

Visit an eye care professional if you have:

  • decreased vision
  • eye pain
  • drainage or redness of the eye
  • double vision
  • diabetes

Or if you see:

  • flashes of light
  • floaters (tiny specks that appear to float before your eyes)
  • circles, or halos, around light sources
Dr. Laura C. Fine, MD
Ophthalmologist (Eye Specialist)
Most people never develop eye disease as they get older; it's likely that you'll need little more than reading glasses and better lighting. But it's wise to see an ophthalmologist if you experience any of the following symptoms or problems:
  • bulging of the eyes
  • change in iris color
  • crossed eyes
  • dark spot in the center of your field of vision
  • difficulty focusing on near or distant objects
  • double vision
  • dry eyes with itching or burning
  • episodes of cloudy vision
  • excess discharge or tearing
  • eye pain
  • floaters or flashes
  • growing bump on the eyelid
  • halos (colored circles around lights) or glare
  • hazy or blurred vision
  • inability to close eyelid
  • loss of peripheral vision
  • redness of or around the eye
  • spots in your field of vision
  • sudden loss of vision
  • trouble adjusting to dark rooms
  • unusual sensitivity to light or glare
  • veil obstructing vision
  • wavy or crooked appearance to straight lines

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