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You have only two eyes, so it is important to take care of them correctly. Routine examinations will ensure that your eyes are healthy and that you have the correct prescription in your glasses or contact lenses, if needed. Sometimes your eyes can become diseased or have problems. Some of those times can signify an emergency. Here are some times when you really need to have your eyes checked as soon as possible:

Trauma. Eyes can easily be damaged, just like any other part of your body. You may get hit in the face by a ball, bat, or anything else.

Something in your eyes. There are a lot of times when you might get something in your eyes. Sand, dirt, chemicals, and other debris can cause a lot of irritation and damage. It is really important to wear safety glasses whenever you are doing anything that could cause something to get in your eyes and damage them.

Painful or irritated eyes, or if you can’t open your eyes at all. Whenever your eyes are painful or irritated, it is important to get them seen. A lot of different diseases can cause this irritation. If you are having trouble opening your eyes, this can be a sign of a big problem. If any of these diseases are left untreated, you may lose your vision or become blind.

Changes in your vision. Changes in your vision are never good. You might have periods where you can’t see. You might see flashing lights. Many of these changes can make you nauseous and sick. You really need to be seen right away when you are having trouble with your vision.

Besides the fact that some of these problems can cause a lot of damage and have long-lasting effects, you should try to be seen quickly so that you can also start to get some relief and feel better. You don’t want to wait and cause a lot of damage to your eyes or even lose your vision, possibly permanently.

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