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A Quick Guide To A Few Common Eye Conditions

senior man in thoughtSeeing the world around you through healthy eyes and clear vision is often considered to be one of the pillars of great quality of life. Unfortunately, due to age, genetics, injury or a combination of these factors, a person might suffer from any number of eye and vision-threatening conditions that may drastically reduce his/her ability to experience life with clear, healthy vision. How to prevent serious harm to your vision and continue a rich quality of life is to learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms of some of the most common eye conditions and familiarize yourself with possible detection and treatment options.

 

Dry Eyes

  • A person with this condition suffer from incessant dryness, redness, stinging and/or burning in the eyes as a result of either the eyes inability to produce enough tears or to produce tears that possess the right qualities to keep eyes healthy and comfortable, causing a consistent lack of sufficient lubrication and moisture on the surface of the eye.

  • Dry eyes are non-curable. However, your optometrist will be able to prescribe artificial tears to help relieve symptoms. These specialty lubricating eye drops are formulated to help with dry, scratchy feeling eyes.

    • Many types of artificial tears exist to help relieve symptoms depending on the underlying cause of dry eyes. Your eye doctor should be able to help you find which artificail tears will help you most.

 

Glaucoma

  • This illness is marked by damage to your optic nerve, which is responsible for sending visual information from your eyes to your brain, that results from rising inner eye fluid pressure.

  • Glaucoma comes on very slowly and shows little or no symptoms until significant vision damage has already been done. Routine comprehensive eye exams are the best way to catch glaucoma early.

  • Although rare, noticeable symptoms include halos around lights, vision loss, nausea or vomiting, eye pain and tunnel vision.

  • Glaucoma rarely causes total blindness, and if caught early can be prevented from doing any significant damage.

 

Macular Degeneration

  • Macular degeneration is a deterioration of the macula, a samll part of the retina that is responsible for central and detail vision.

  • Macular degeneration generally occurs with old age, but can be developed at any age..

  • Macular degeneration is often unnoticed until a significant loss of sight due to the slow and painless development.

  • There are two different types of macular degeneration:

    • The common form of macular degeneration is dry macular degeneration with symptoms including blurry distance and/or reading vision, less vivid color vision, difficulty seeing in dim light, trouble recognizing the faces of loved ones and a blank or blurry spot in your central vision.

    • More rare and recognized as a more dangerous rate of deterioration is wet macular degeneration, where one sees less vivid colors and may face a loss of central vision in general. You may also see straight lines as though they are bent, crooked or irregular.

  • The Federal Government has yet to approve any treatment for macular degeneration, but expert studies have shown that certain health supplements, such as Vitamins C and E may reduce one's risk of developing macular degeneration.

  • For more information about these and other eye conditions, contact your eye doctor today.