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Four Flags of Forewarning

POSTED ON May 21, 2009

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If you see this, its time to see Dr. Tavel Did you know that of all the muscles in our body, the eye muscles are the most active? So it only makes sense that we check them out as frequently as possible to make sure they’re in good working order. When people have issues with other muscles they rarely hesitate to go see the doctor because aches and pains ...

If you see this, its time to see Dr. Tavel

Did you know that of all the muscles in our body, the eye muscles are the most active? So it only makes sense that we check them out as frequently as possible to make sure they’re in good working order. When people have issues with other muscles they rarely hesitate to go see the doctor because aches and pains are flat out annoying.

Eyes are no different, except aches and pains are often felt in your head not your eyes and even more often there are other more subtle effects that patients seem to find all sorts of other explanations for. (Trust me, after spending 3 years answering phone calls of complaints, and working in the eye doctor’s office hearing the “oh! It’s my eyes? I just figured the quality of the newspaper was getting continually worse…” I can tell you that people come up with some of the most ridiculous things.) Here is the truth; if you have any of these issues it’s a telltale sign that you need to get an eye examination.

1. Blurry vision. This should be the big red flag. Blurry near or far is never good and could potentially put you in danger!

2. Visual “floaters” are another red flag. These are sometimes small specks or fine dark lines that appear within the eye that can often be seen against a bright background like the sky. Often these are no threat to your vision, but they can also identify a retinal tear.

3. Poor Night vision is another dangerous one. No, it’s not just because it all of a sudden got really, really dark outside in Indiana. No, you’re headlights are not going out. It’s your eyes! You may need a pair of glasses with an anti-reflective coating or a small glasses prescription to help you see more clearly.

4. More headaches (and more serious headaches) could indicate that your eyes are stressed. You can take all the Advil in the world but chances are you won’t find relief until you come into the office for an eye exam. They’ll let you know it’s nothing that a pair of quality glasses and lenses can’t fix.

These are only a few of the many little things to watch out for (get it? Watch out? Haha) and if you notice any of them you shouldn’t’t hesitate to call and set up an appointment (www.drtavel.com/schedule/) with any of our Indiana eye doctors. You’ll be glad you did.

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