Eye Symptoms Not to Ignore

Eye irritation is a normal part of life. But failing to recognize and treat a problem that’s out of the ordinary could result in long-term vision problems.

So, how do you know when an issue is serious enough to warrant making a doctor’s appointment with Eye Care Physicians & Surgeons of New Jersey? Here are a few often overlooked eye symptoms that it’s best not to ignore.

Dry Eyes

Having dry eyes is a common complaint. In the warm months, it could be due to arid conditions and in the winter, dry eyes could be the result of warming your home without adding any moisture to the air.

Usually, you can get good results with over-the-counter products from your nearest drugstore. The products help the eye to lubricate itself and provide relief to the discomfort.

But sometimes, dry eyes don’t respond to at-home remedies. If so, it’s time to have a professional exam your eyes. They may need prescription medication.


Headaches can be an early warning sign that’s there’s something wrong with your vision. Notice if you tend to trigger your headaches by reading or watching a screen. Or you may have a job or hobby that requires focusing on small objects for hours.

Don’t continue to mask the problem with headache pills. Instead, make an appointment with a eye doctor to find the underlying cause.


Did you get something in your eye that made it sting? Did anything strike you in the eye? If the pain lingers, the situation may be more serious than it initially appears.

Don’t assume that the problem will be visible when you look in the mirror. The damage might be undetectable except by a trained professional using high-grade medical equipment.


Many people have floaters. They’re those odd little specks that zoom across your field of vision. Fortunately, they’re typically harmless. Floaters are just breakaway pieces of protein fibers.

However, if you notice that you’re starting to see more and more floaters, you should have a eye doctor determine the cause. It may be a more serious issue such as diabetic retinopathy.


Unexplainable pain in the eyes is an unmistakable sign that you need an appointment with an eye doctor. There could be an infection. It could also be an indication of glaucoma.

Blurred or Distorted Vision

If your vision is suddenly no longer sharp, visit your eye doctor. It may be tempting to avoid going to the doctor if the problem comes and goes. If the problem is reoccurring it is a strong indication that you need your eyes examined by a medical professional.

Light Sensitivity

Do you find yourself reacting negatively to strong light when this has never been a problem in the past? That’s an indication that something may be affecting the structure of the eye.

For example, you may have a corneal abrasion which is a scratch on the front of your eye. This is a common injury for people who work where small particles of metal, wood, dust or other materials are routinely airborne.

Schedule a Consultation

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, please contact Eyecare Physicians & Surgeons of New Jersey today to schedule an appointment. We have six New Jersey locations for your convenience.

Contact Us

THANKS FOR YOUR INTEREST! Our doctors and staff are devoted to our patients and to the commitment of providing quality patient care on all levels.

We encourage your feedback, please feel free to send us a message using the following contact form.