The eyes are arguably one of the most delicate organs in the human body. Not only are they consistently exposed, but they are incredible sensitive to external factors such as light, dust and dirt, chemicals, and more. While these factors can contribute to eye disorders such as pinkeye or eye strain. The good news, however, is common eye problems such as these are completely treatable. So, in case you encounter any eye discomfort, here is a list of five common eye problems that you may encounter.
Conjunctivitis or pinkeye, occurs when the tissue that lines the back the eyelid and covers the sclera becomes inflamed. This condition can cause itching, redness, discharge, burning, and the feeling of having something stuck in your eye. This condition can be a result from having an infection, exposure to anything that can irritate the eye and chemicals, or from allergies. Treatment can vary, from oral medication to eye drops (depending on the severity of the condition). To prevent it from happening, be sure to never directly touch or rub your eyes. If you do, be sure to wash your hands first.
Astigmatism is a common eye disorder that causes blurry vision. This is a result of the cornea being misshaped or sometimes from the curvature of the lens inside the eye. This misshapenness results in the light refracted in the eye to hit the back of the eye improperly, making objects look blurry from a distance. Astigmatism can be treated in a number of different ways. Most commonly, special glasses or contact lenses are prescribed to patients to help correct the astigmatism. Patients also undergo eye surgery to help correct this condition as well.
Eye strain is probably the most common eye disorder people experience on a daily basis. It occurs from staring at a computer screen or reading for long periods of time. This can cause fatigue and blurry vision, but is usually remedied by a few hours of rest. If the condition persists, however, it is important to consult your eye doctor to be safe.
If you have trouble driving at night or can hardly navigate your way through a dark room, you likely have night blindness. Despite its name, night blindness is not a condition that renders the person completely blind, rather it describes the impaired vision someone may experience in low light conditions. Night blindness is actually a symptom of many other possible disorders such as near sightedness, cataracts, and vitamin A deficiency; all of which are treatable by a doctor.
Dry eye occurs when your body cannot create quality tears to help keep them hydrated. Usually, dry eye can lead to a burning sensation and in very extreme cases, loss of vision. However, this condition can be treated in a number of ways such as taking supplements with omega-3s, the use of humidifiers in your home, eye drops, or the use of eye cream. In the case of chronic dry eye (a condition where someone consistently experiences these symptoms) a doctor can prescribe special eye drops to help the eye produce high quality tears.
While this list may seem intimidating, most of these disorders are minor and do not need a doctor to treat the symptoms. Many of the remedies for these disorders can be found in a pharmacy or can be cured by getting some rest. Of course, if you ever feel your symptoms escalate be sure to see a doctor just in case.
For a consultation towards clear vision, or to clear up any questions you may have, contact Laser for Eyes today. We are standing by to answer any of your concerns, and to help you get your vision back to where you want it. Join our growing family of happy customers who trust us with their eyes.