Our eyes are among the more sensitive parts of our bodies—and among the most vulnerable, too. According to a 2015 report from the Vision Council of America, more than 75 percent of American adults require some form of corrective vision device, and a significant 2008 report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics reveals that approximately 27,000 individuals experience work-related eye injuries each year.
However, it’s not just trauma or needing a new prescription that should have you heading to the eye doctor. From itchiness that won’t go away to sudden vision changes, we’ve consulted with top eye health experts on the eye symptoms you can’t afford to ignore. And to separate the fact from the fiction when it comes to your peepers, check out these 13 Health Myths About Your Eyes You Need to Stop Believing.