Do you ever find yourself brushing off minor changes in your vision, thinking they're just a passing issue? It's a common tendency, but those seemingly mild vision changes might be more significant than you realize. Ignoring them could potentially lead to problems down the line.
The good news is that our team has over 20 years of experience helping adults and children in the Norwood neighborhood of Bronx, New York City, deal with mild (and not-so-minor) vision changes.
Read on as Nicanor Lacsina, O.D., Yelena Pinkhasova, O.D., and the team at Bainbridge Eye Care explain why you shouldn't ignore seemingly mild vision changes.
1. Vision changes can impact your daily life
Even minor changes in your vision can affect your day-to-day activities at home, work, or school. Struggling to read, blurry vision, or eye strain can make tasks like reading, working on a computer, or writing more challenging. Other responsibilities, such as driving, may become unsafe if your visual acuity 一 the ability to see shapes and details at a distance 一 diminishes.
For school-age children, even minor vision changes can make it hard to read the whiteboard. This isn’t just frustrating but can impact grades if your child has difficulty reading assignments or completing homework.
Bottom line: You don’t need to wait for your vision to worsen before you can benefit from wearing glasses or contacts. Our team can help you find the right frames or contacts to see clearly once again.
2. Mild changes can be signs of underlying conditions
Promptly addressing minor vision changes can help you catch eye conditions and broader health concerns early, and in either case, early detection means that you can get started with the right treatments as soon as possible.
Seemingly mild vision changes might be the first sign of an underlying eye problem, such as refractive errors, dry eyes, or even more critical conditions like glaucoma or macular degeneration. Regular eye check-ups can help identify these issues early, so Dr. Lacsina or Dr. Pinkhasova can get you started on the correct treatment.
Other health conditions
Certain eye conditions have a link to systemic health issues such as diabetes, hypertension, or autoimmune diseases. In some cases, paying attention to and addressing mild vision changes can lead to the early detection of broader health concerns.
3. Treatment can help reduce the risk of damage
Addressing mild vision changes related to underlying eye conditions reduces the risk of eye damage. For example, if your vision changes are related to dry eye, you can treat dry eye quickly before complications arise. Complications from untreated dye eye syndrome can damage your eyes.
Prolonged dry eye can damage the cornea, the clear front surface of your eye. This damage may result in corneal abrasions, ulcers, or infections, which can affect vision and cause pain.
Not sure if your vision has changed?
Vision changes are sometimes subtle, and you may not notice them immediately. If you’re starting to squint more to read menus or whiteboards, don’t ignore it. Squinting is a surefire way to get an eye strain headache, and it’s a sign that you might benefit from glasses.
Our team examines your eyes for red flags and performs a visual acuity test during your eye exam. If you need glasses, they are made right here in our on-site lab. At Bainbridge Eye Care, we offer many high-end materials, including high-index lenses up to 50% thinner than regular lenses, polycarbonate lenses, and Trivex® materials. You might also consider prescription sunglasses or transition lenses to see better, rain or shine.
Clear vision is just a call or click away. Contact us at 718-306-9127 or through our online booking system today.