How to identify early eye problems in adults

Are you worried that there might be something wrong with your eyes?

We’re all guilty of going a little bit Google-crazy when it comes to self-diagnosing health problems - and problems with our eyes are no different. But most of the information available online is inaccurate at best, so everything you read – unless it has been provided by specialists in the field – should be taken with a large pinch of salt.

Nevertheless it can be extremely beneficial to have such a wide array of medical facts available at our fingertips – particularly when it comes to early intervention and treatment. The key to navigating all of this useful (and useless!) information, however, is to find a trusted source.

Optegra is the UK’s no.1 most trusted eye specialist – as voted for by customers on TrustPilot. We’ve already treated over 1 million eyes. And all of the information we provide on eye healthcare here on the website is backed up by some of the best ophthalmic surgeons in the world. So, if you’re looking for a trusted source of information on how to identify early eye problems, you’ve definitely come to the right place.

Nothing beats a one to one consultation with an eye expert, though – especially when it comes to putting your mind at rest, so if you think you may be experiencing some of the signs and symptoms of early eye problems (listed below) – our best advice to you is to book a free consultation at your earliest convenience, with a Consultant at one of our 33 nationwide eye hospitals.

Signs and symptoms of early eye problems
Before we go any further, we must point out that this list of the common signs and symptoms of eye problems is intended for information purposes only. Just because you may be experiencing some of the symptoms it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have early eye problems – but it may highlight the need for you to have your vision assessed by an eye specialist.

  1. Blurred vision
    Any form of blurred vision where images, text or your general vision seems blurry can be a sign that something is wrong with your eyes. It can be associated with other things such as migraines or eye strain from overuse of computers, but it is definitely worth having your eyes properly examined if you’re experiencing blurred vision on a regular basis.
    If you see any form of cloudiness, or a discoloured film, when looking at the natural lens of your eye then your blurred vision could be associated with the early stages of cataracts.

  2. Halos/ Glare from bright lights
    Halos are another common symptom we see in patients who have early problems with their eyes. We use the term ‘halos’ to describe seeing an unusual glare when looking at bright lights. This problem can be more obvious when approaching car headlights or looking at the television.

  3. Poor night vision
    Poor vision at night can be one of the first symptoms of vision problems – because most vision problems are caused by problems with the parts of your eyes that reflect light. If you find it difficult to see properly whilst out driving at night, we would recommend that you have your eyes examined by an optician to check for refractive errors.

  4. Double vision
    Seeing double can be one of the most unpleasant vision problems you can experience – and it’s often quite frightening. But there is usually a simple explanation such as cataracts or a refractive error which may be distorting your vision. It can also sometimes be a symptom of glaucoma – a problem with the optic nerve. With early intervention, however, all of these conditions are treatable with laser eye surgery or refractive lens replacement.

  5. Eye pain/ headaches
    There are so many different reasons why you might be experiencing pain in your eyes and regular headaches, but if you do have problems with your vision, headaches and eye pain could be a sign that your eyes are having to work too hard. It could even be a sign that you’re under stress on spending too much time looking at a computer screen. But if you’ve ruled out other reasons for your headaches, then the next sensible step is to have your eyes examined for possible problems.

  6. Floaters
    The terms floaters is used to describe seeing shadows in your vision as if you had dust/debris ‘floating’ in your eyes. And they can be exactly that, but if you’re experiencing floaters on a regular basis then it could be a sign of a specific eye problem. You can read more about floaters and the available treatments, here.


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