Eye Problem Symptoms

Eye Problem Symptoms

This Article is about Eye Problem Symptoms


Sudden vision loss, photophobia or blackheads… A visual symptom should never be taken lightly. In addition to routine examinations, here are the signs that should motivate you to consult a specialist.

Vision problems: symptoms of concern
General practitioner, ophthalmologist, emergencies: who to consult in case of sight problems?
Eye diseases: people at risk


At the ophthalmologist’s, 3 out of 10 consultations for glasses requests are an opportunity to discover a pathology. Eye disorders should not be taken lightly. Doctissimo explains you the signs which must worry you and how to react thanks to Dr Christophe Orssaud, ophthalmologist at the European Hospital Georges-Pompidou in Paris.

Sight disorders: the worrying symptoms
It’s mainly sudden visual phenomena that should alert like:

A sudden drop in visual acuity which may be related to retinal detachment;
Vascular damage;
A hemorrhage in a diabetic patient;
Line distortion or “metamorphopsies” that evoke AMD (age-related macular degeneration);
Photophobia that makes exposure to light uncomfortable, even painful, especially in complications of lens wear (infections);
The appearance of “flying flies” or blackheads, very frequent, but which can signal a hole in the retina in very rare cases, causing a detachment of the retina;
The fact of seeing double suddenly (diplopia) can evoke a neurological, vascular problem (stroke), an ENT cancer…

General practitioner, ophthalmologist, emergencies: who to consult in case of sight problems?
Dry eyes due to lifestyle (pollution, screens), bacterial, viral or allergic conjunctivitis accompanied by purulent or non-purulent secretions (pruritus) are pathologies that can be treated by a general practitioner.

If you suffer from a sudden visual phenomenon, do not hesitate to go directly to the emergency room if your ophthalmologist cannot see you immediately. Early treatment can prevent blindness.

In the event of shock or trauma to the eye, you should also go to the emergency room.

Eye diseases: People at risk
Some people are more likely to suffer from eye disease:

People with diabetes can develop retinopathy if their diabetes is poorly treated;
Individuals at cardiovascular risk (cholesterol, overweight, etc.);
Patients who have a relative with glaucoma.
Age is also a risk factor. Thus, children under the age of 3 should be closely monitored and seen at least once by a specialist before entering kindergarten. Between the ages of 20 and 45, there is no need to consult if all is well. For people whose eyesight is corrected by glasses or contact lenses, it is advisable to consult every 5 years. After the age of 65, one examination per year is required.


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