Indications of Vision Loss

  • In adults

    If an adult has difficulty in the following areas, it may be a sign of vision loss. If you suspect vision loss, consult an eyecare professional immediately. Many conditions can be treated successfully if they are diagnosed soon enough. Every older adult should have regular eye exams, even if no problems are suspected.

    1. changes in the way he or she watches television, drives, walks or engages in hobbies
    2. squints or holds head to the side to get object in focus
    3. has trouble identifying faces or objects
    4. frequently cannot locate personal objects, even in a familiar environment
    5. acts uncertain when reaching out for objects
    6. has trouble identifying colors and chooses clothing in unusual color combinations
    7. no longer reads the mail or newspaper
    8. holds reading material close to the face or at an angle
    9. writing becomes less legible
    10. finds lighting inadequate for reading or other activities
    11. brushes against the wall while walking or constantly bumps into objects
    12. travels up and down stairs slowly, even though there are no other physical limitations
    13. has difficulty getting food on a fork, cutting food or serving food
    14. spills foods off the plate while eating, or spills drinks from cups

    In children

    If you notice any of the following behaviors in your child, it may be a sign of vision problems. Young children should have regular eye exams; check with your doctor about establishing a schedule to insure good vision for a lifetime.

    1. rubs eyes excessively
    2. shuts or covers one eye
    3. tilts or thrusts head forward
    4. has trouble reading or with close-up work
    5. holds objects close to eyes
    6. blinks more than usual or is irritable when doing close-up work
    7. is unable to see distant things clearly
    8. squints eyelids together or frowns
    9. eyes are crossed or misaligned
    10. eyelids red-rimmed, encrusted or swollen
    11. eyes are inflamed or watery
    12. recurring eye infections
    13. color photos of eyes show white reflection instead of typical red or no reflection
    14. eyes itch, burn or feel scratchy
    15. complains that cannot see well
    16. dizziness, headaches or nausea following close-up work
    17. blurred or double vision