Caring For Your Eyes

Your eyes are very important. Many people don't realise just how valuable their vision is until it starts to fail. I was one of these people. I didn't give a second thought to my eyes or keeping them healthy. However, one day, I noticed that I couldn't see as clearly as I used to. I struggle to read the small print on paperwork and sometimes I would find that my vision would become unfocused. I visited the optometrist, and he assessed my eyes. I've now been prescribed contact lenses which really help me. I hope the articles I have posted here help you.

The Serious Vision Problems that You Should Always be on the Lookout for


Millions of people are blind all over the world, and a large percentage of them lost their sight over cases which could have been avoided. The World Health Organisation recommends regular eye checks because they are the only way that progressive eye conditions can be detected before one starts losing their eyesight. While people tend to ignore some minor symptoms of eye problems, it is essential to see the doctor if you are having any of these signs.

Flashing lights, floaters and grey shadows

Flashing lights and an increase in the number of floaters in your vision could be an indication that your retina has detached and your eye is unable to send transmit images to the brain as it should. Diseases such as short-sightedness and glaucoma are the most common causes of the retinal detachment, especially when they go undetected for long periods. Typically, surgery is used to treat retinal detachment, and glasses could be prescribed for use during the recovery period, and even after the recovery, to enhance vision. 

Sudden vision loss in one eye

You can lose eyesight one side as a result of conditions such as macular degeneration. Age-related macular degeneration is widespread in people over the age of 65. Glaucoma also leads to loss of vision in one eye because it causes rapid pressure buildup inside the eye, which leads to damage to the optic nerve.

Pain and injuries to the eyes

Another scenario which needs the immediate attention of a doctor is when you have sudden and inexplicable pain in the eyes. The pain could be the result of anything from dry eye syndrome to cancer of the eyes. If the pain is being caused by excessive light, the optometrist may recommend the use of glasses to dim down the amount of light the eyes are getting and alleviate the symptoms of pain. On the other hand, if the pain is from an injury, the injury will have to be treated first so that the pain can go away.

The optometrist only prescribes glasses after proper diagnosis of the condition causing the symptoms mentioned has been made. Other symptoms which should take you to the doctor include red eyes, blurred vision, and discomfort in the eyes, especially if you wear contact lenses. In some cases, the pain could be a result of complications from previous eye surgery. In all cases, a proper diagnosis will help the optometrist decide when to recommend prescription eyewear and when not to.


15 November 2018