You want to educate yourself on when you should get in to see the optometrist, so you have a better understanding of when to make a future appointment, and when to get in to see them on an emergency visit. When you have some eye problems, they can be dealt with when they can fit you in. With other eye problems, you want to make sure you let them know it is an emergency, so they see you right away. Here is information on when you should make an appointment with your local optometry clinic.
You notice yourself squinting – If you are starting to notice you have a hard time seeing things when you are driving or doing other tasks, and you are squinting, then this is a sign that you should have your vision checked. Your eyes squinting is them trying to overcompensate for worse vision by trying to pull in a certain amount of the light around you. You may also find yourself squinting when you have fine print in front of you or when you are trying to see something on the TV.
You are seeing flashes – If you see white flashes, then you want to call your optometrist and let them know this. Let them know you want to get in right away because seeing flashes can be a sign that your retina is detaching. If your retina is detaching, then you are on a time limit with regards to how long you have to have the issue corrected before you run the risk of ending up permanently blind.
You are having bad headaches – If you are having regular headaches that are bad and located near your eyes, then you want to make an appointment with your optometrist. If the headaches are bearable, then you need to decide whether or not you think the situation is an emergency. However, if they are very bad and your doctor hasn't been able to get to the bottom of them, then you really should get in on an emergency basis.
You are experiencing strange symptoms – If you are experiencing any very strange symptoms, such as very blurry vision, checkered vision, foggy vision, temporary blindness or anything else like this, then you should let the optometrist know that you would like to be fit in to see them on an emergency visit. You don't want to wait and take the chance of something being horribly wrong.