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It’s common to hear “20/20 vision” when describing good eyesight, but you may not know what the term means.

20/20 vision is a measure of one’s visual acuity and indicates how clearly we see objects on an eye chart at 20 feet. The eye chart contains images, usually letters or pictures, of a very specific size gradually getting smaller near the bottom of the page.

Wikipedia Visual Acuity

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Your eye doctor should regularly examine any changes to your vision or eyes because certain eye symptoms can indicate the need for emergency care.

In addition, some eye conditions may not have noticeable symptoms, or they may come on very gradually. This makes it important to have regular eye exams, as many eye conditions can be effectively treated when identified early.

Eye Emergencies

The following symptoms may indicate an emergency requiring immediate medical attention:

Black spots or flashes of lightCurtain-like disappearance of visionEye injury or painSeeing halos or rainbows around lightLoss of peripheral (side) visionSudden hazy or blurred visionSudden vision loss in one eyeRed, crusty or swollen eyelids

Eye pain can occur on the surface of your eye or within your eye’s deeper structures. Eye pain that’s on the surface of your eye might be described as itching, burning or shooting pain. Surface eye pain is often related to a foreign object in your eye, an eye infection, or anything that irritates or inflames the membrane covering the surface of your eye.

You might describe eye pain originating deeper within your eye as throbbing or aching. This type of eye pain may be linked to a serious medical condition.

Severe eye pain — especially accompanied by any degree of vision loss — may be a signal that you need medical attention urgently.

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By Mayo Clinic

Know the answers to these questions before you step into the waiting room:

What eye problems or overall health problems have you had in the past? What medications are you taking?

Has anyone in your family had eye problems, such as cataracts or glaucoma?

Has anyone in your family had diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease or other health problems?

Your answers can help your eye doctor assess your risk of eye disease and vision problems.

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At Forest Place Optical Dr. Young stresses the Doctor-Patient relationship.

Your appointment will include a Vision Exam and an Eye Health Evaluation.

You will be screened for Glaucoma and Cataracts. Dr. Young will also look at the health of your Optic Nerve, Retina and Macula.

If a prescription is needed, we want to give you the most clear, comfortable vision for your daily tasks.

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