Problems & Conditions
According to the National Institutes of Health’s National Eye Institute, more than 10 million Americans have undiagnosed eye problems and conditions that can affect their vision and their eye health. Cataracts, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration and numerous other conditions all represent serious threats to an individual’s vision if they are left undiagnosed and untreated.
In addition to those conditions, more than 180 million Americans have vision impairment – whether near- or far-sightedness, or both.
Fortunately, many of these eye conditions, as well as vision impairment, have warning signs, and solutions. Protecting eye health begins with having a comprehensive eye exam, by recognizing the warning signs associated with eye conditions, and by acting on them with a visit to an eye care provider.
Because they do not realize that a problem exists, millions of Americans, from infants to seniors, have uncorrected vision conditions, whether it is easily corrected near-and far-sightedness, to something more involved such as such as glaucoma. Some vision problems have no warning signs, but if left untreated, can cause permanent vision loss. That is why these warning signs, such as sudden eye pain, changes in vision, or difficulty with night vision, should never be ignored. Below are some warning signs of potential vision problems in adults and children:
Adult Vision Problems – Warning Signs
- Double vision
- Difficulty reading and performing up-close work, such as sewing
- Changes in the way you see colors
- Impaired night vision, especially while driving and encountering oncoming headlights
- Frequent eyeglass prescription changes
- Experiencing problems with glare from lights or the sun
- Halos appearing around lights
- A white or cloudy spot in the black pupil – the eye’s lens
- Trouble seeing things to your side