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By O’Donnell Eye Institute
April 12, 2022
Category: General
Tags: Optometrist  

Is it time to schedule an eye exam?

Vision changes always warrant visiting our Santa Rosa Beach, FL, optometrists Dr. Lan O’Donnell and Dr. Heidi Gonzalez for an evaluation. Even if you don’t experience obvious changes in your vision doesn’t mean you couldn’t still benefit from an annual eye exam with our team here at O’Donnell Eye Institute. Many people have changes in vision but don’t even realize it. Here are some signs that it may be time to see an optometrist.

Persistent Headaches

Sure, everything from diet and stress to tension can lead to headaches; however, if you find yourself straining to look at a computer screen all day long your eyestrain could also be contributing to your headaches. Try taking a break every 20 minutes by looking away from your electronics and resting your eyes for just 20 seconds. If your headaches persist and you haven’t seen an eye doctor in a while, it might be time to book an appointment.

Eye Pain

Eye pain can be caused by an injury or infection in the eye and always warrants turning to an eye care professional to find out what’s going on. Eye pain may also be caused by allergies, irritation or dry eyes. If your pain doesn’t go away or gets worse, it’s time to give us a call.

Changes in Vision

No matter whether you are dealing with blurry vision or double vision, if you are noticing any changes in your vision it’s important that you turn to our Santa Rosa Beach, FL, optometrist for an immediate checkup. It’s important not to ignore even the slightest changes. It’s normal for vision to change and for some individuals to need a stronger or weaker prescription throughout the years. By coming in once a year we can detect these changes and provide you with the proper prescription.

Prevent or Treat Eye Diseases

Whether eye diseases run in your family or you’re dealing with health problems such as diabetes or lupus that increase your risk for eye disease, it’s important that you turn to our optometry team once a year. This is the best way to catch problems early on when they are treatable and less likely to cause long-term complications including vision loss or even blindness.

When was the last time you visited our Santa Rosa Beach, FL, optometrist? If it’s been more than a year then you owe it to the health of your eyes to schedule an appointment. Call O’Donnell Eye Institute at (850) 622-4000.

By O’Donnell Eye Institute
September 16, 2019
Category: Eye Exam

Eye Doctor Santa Rosa Beach, FLHaving trouble seeing what’s in front of your face? It might be time to see an eye doctor.

Everyone, no matter how great their eyesight is, should still visit our Santa Rose Beach, FL eye doctor every year for a checkup. After all, you may be surprised to discover how drastically your vision can change from year-to-year! However, there are a number of telltale signs that it’s time to schedule an eye exam, regardless of when your last one was. Some of these include:

Your night vision has changed

If you suddenly notice that it isn’t as easy to see certain road signs or cars at night, then it’s time to see your eye doctor. Often time, it isn’t until someone notices increased difficulty driving at night that they realize their vision has changed.

Signs of an infection

Another reason to visit an eye doctor may have nothing to do with your vision but more to do with certain other symptoms you are experiencing. If you are noticing redness, itching, or discharge emitting from your eye, you could be dealing with an infection. Don’t wait out an eye infection to clear up on its own—see your Santa Rosa Beach, FL, eye doctor as soon as possible for treatment.

Your eyes often feel tired

When you aren’t wearing the proper corrective vision, your eyes have to strain throughout the day to be able to read and process information. If you notice that your eyes feel fatigued for more than four days straight, there could be something more going on that requires immediate attention.

Things look fuzzy

This is probably the most obvious sign that your vision isn’t what it used to be. If you find yourself having trouble suddenly reading the words on a menu or in a book, it might be time for a new prescription.

Concerned? Schedule an appointment

If you are squinting to read signs and make out objects, then it’s certainly time to schedule your eye exam in Santa Rosa Beach, FL. Call O’Donnell Eye Institute today at (850) 622-4000 to book your next vision checkup.