6 Eye Problems That Are More Dangerous Than You Think

Dr. Mai-Vy Hoang 08/28/2017

woman-eyes-hurting-at-computerWhen is an eye problem more than just a passing thing?

Most people have experienced an occasional eye problem like an eyelid twitch or an occasional floater. They go away with time and seem almost normal.

But have you ever had an eye problem you thought might be serious? Knowing more about serious eye problems can help you determine if you need to call your doctor or wait and see if it clears.

Serious Eye Problems To Pay Attention To

There are certain eye problems that you need to have a doctor look at as soon as possible. Here are the six most common eye symptoms that could indicate a bigger problem.

Any trauma to the eye

When you have an eye injury, unless it is extremely minor, see an eye doctor as soon as possible. Failing to check the injury could open up the possibility of infection or even vision loss. A simple abrasion from an eyelash wand can become infected quickly without antibiotics.

Vision blackout

If your vision goes dark for more than a few seconds, or it goes dark then back to light repeatedly, get immediate medical attention. Hypertension and other forms of cardiovascular disease can cause blood flow to be cut off to the eye, causing the loss of vision. It could even be a sign that the carotid artery is blocked, which can lead to stroke.

Flashing Lights

These flashes most often appear in the peripheral vision. They can be a sign that the retina is beginning to detach. If you have these flashes of light, make an appointment to see your eye doctor immediately. Quick action will help prevent further damage to the retina and preserve vision as much as possible.

An Abundance Of Floaters

Seeing an occasional floater in your vision is fairly common and usually nothing to worry about. But, if you are seeing a lot of them, it may be a sign that your retina is becoming detached. As with the flashes of light, getting immediate medical attention is critical to prevent complete loss of the retina or loss of vision.


You seem to be peering through a bank of fog or through a cloud. You might even see a rainbow. This is a sign that you may be experiencing angle closure glaucoma, one of the most severe type. It happens when pressure builds up in the eye, usually due to blocked drainage canals. Seek immediate medical attention to prevent permanent vision damage.

Severe eye pain

If you are experiencing severe eye pain, you need to seek medical attention immediately. The pain can come from bacterial or viral infections, burns, corneal abrasions, or inflammation of the ocular tissue.

Don't Wait To Get Treatment

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, see your eye doctor immediately to prevent loss of vision or permanent eye damage. 

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