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Keep “An Eye” on Your Health – Most Common Eye Issues and How to Deal with Them!

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Keep "An Eye" on Your Health - Most Common Eye Issues and How to Deal with Them!

If you consider how much our eyes help us navigate and experience life from the moment we wake up to the moment we go to sleep, you would think that we all take amazing care of our peepers, but we don’t. Eye health is one of the most neglected parts of the health and many people often ignore issues for years before seeking professional help. Well, if you suspect that there’s something wrong with your eyes and your vision, here’s a little guide that will hopefully encourage you to see your ophthalmologist.

 

Eyestrain

If you work behind the desk every day, spend hours staring at screens or driving long distances, you’re probably familiar with this one. Eyestrain appears due to the overuse of the eye. Like any other body part, eyes get tired and need rest, so make sure to give them some time to recover. If you feel soreness, itching, watery or dry sensation, light sensitivity or blurred vision, those might be the signs you need to close your eyes for a few minutes and relax your eye muscles. After spending hours behind the desk, don’t forget to have a small break. Especially don’t spend your free time in front of led screens. Enjoy it with your friends or just with a cup of green tea while reading a book. 

 

Dry eyes symptom

All our eyes are wet and the reason behind this is eye lubrication. Thanks to tears, our eyeballs are well lubricated which prevents irritation, stinging and burning as our eyes move. When the eye fails to produce enough tears or if the tears are not of good quality, it starts suffering from Dry Eye Syndrome. Most people suffering from this condition experience burning, scratching and stinging in the eye. They also often have noticeably red eyes, are sensitive to light, experience blurry vision and eye fatigue. There might also be some increased mucus production noticeable in or around the eye. Most specialists recommend buying artificial tears, gels, and ointments, but there is also some prescription medication that might relieve your symptoms.

 

Cataracts

This is a more serious issue than eye dryness, but also widely existing. For instance, this is the most commonly operated issue in Australians. Cataracts are characterized by the formation of cloudy areas in the lens of the eye. As the light passes through the lens, it reaches the retina and produces the image. But when your lens is blurry due to cataracts, the light can’t pass freely and you are unable to get a clear picture. Some people also experience a glow or halo around the objects. In its early stages, cataracts can be corrected with eyeglasses, magnifying lenses and better lighting, but as the disease progresses, only surgery can help. If you’re doing your laser eye surgery in Sydney, make sure to contact an experienced professional who will perform your procedure. The surgery is very simple (the blurry lens is removed and replaced by an artificial lens) but it does require expertise.

 

Glaucoma

This eye condition affects the optic nerve and causes damage that gets worse with time. It mostly results in the pressure increase in the fluid of the eye that affects the image transfer to the brain. If the pressure continues for a prolonged time, it can result in permanent vision loss within only a few years. There are various ways this condition can be treated, from eye drops to medication and surgery, but an experienced doctor can find the best solution for you and prevent your vision loss. Prevention is very important because once the damage has been done, there’s no turning back.

 

Pinkeye

Pinkeye or conjunctivitis is a condition that causes inflammation of the tissue that lines your eyelids and covering your sclera. As a result of this inflammation, the eye can turn red, itchy, blurry, teary and even cause discharge. Many people suffering from conjunctivitis report feeling like there’s a foreign body in their eye. The main thing to know about this issue is that it’s very contagious, but it’s rarely serious unlike some other conditions on this list. It can be easily identified and treated. Usually, the pink eye is treated with artificial tears and cold compresses. Anti-inflammatory creams can also be recommended. In the case of bacterial conjunctivitis, doctors usually resort to antibiotic eye drops, while viral conjunctivitis passes on its own just like a common cold.

If you take good care of your eyes, they will return the favor and be there to guide you through life for many, many years in the future. So, if you notice any of these issues, make sure to see your ophthalmologist right away and remove any threats to your vision. 

Associate Editor

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