You’re probably pretty good about going to the doctor. You probably have a regularly scheduled dentist appointment. But some people, especially if they haven’t had any issues with their eyes before, don’t know when it is time to get their eyes checked. 

The problem with this is because when people don’t know there’s an issue, they don’t know there’s something that needs to be fixed. That’s why it’s important to understand some of the symptoms or conditions that would lead you to contact your eye doctor as soon as possible.

So how do you know when it’s time to get your eyes checked? First, ask yourself when your last exam was. If it was more than a year ago, then it’s probably a pretty good time to go. If you notice that your vision is blurry, you should get in for an appointment immediately. If you find that you have trouble driving because you can’t see things correctly, it is a matter of grave concern that you get your eyes checked because it’s a safety precaution. 

And finally, if you find that you are getting headaches and they may deal explicitly with eyestrain, this is another time to get yourself sitting in an optometrist’s office.


When Was Your Last Exam

One good judge of if you should get an eye exam is based on when your last one was. Typically, at different stages of your life, you may need to go more or less often. But a good rule of thumb is to go once a year. If you schedule your next appointment during your first appointment, then all of this should be taken care of via your calendar on a pretty consistent loop.


Blurry Vision

If out of nowhere, you start getting blurry vision, you should see your eye doctor as soon as possible. However, if it’s not something wrong with your eyes, blurry vision can also be a symptom of some other disease, sickness, or condition. So depending on the availability of your doctor, it might be time to make a phone call in that direction as well.


Trouble Driving

At certain ages, your eyesight will change when it comes to the flexibility of your focus. If you find that you have trouble driving because of your vision, you need to go in for an eye appointment immediately. It might be that you need another prescription for your glasses, or you might even need a specific kind of eyeglasses just for driving. The joys of getting older will often lead you to get these kinds of appointments because you don’t want to be a danger on the road.



There is also the matter of headaches. If you find you are getting headaches and you think it is related to eyestrain, going in to see an optometrist can put your mind at ease about the situation. The chances are fairly likely that you just need a pair of reading glasses.