About Eye Infections
There are a number of common eye problems that can cause pain, irritation, redness, scratching, and temporary vision loss. Certain eye problems are the result of certain activities, lifestyle choices, or medical decisions. Even the most minor eye conditions can cause great discomfort and worry. Symptoms can range from mild to severe and can include stinging, itching, and watering, as well as swollen eyes. Some infections can cause discharge, which may, in turn, dry and crust over the eyelashes. Others may cause bumps on or around the eyelid. Infections can also cause a rash, fever, and swollen lymph nodes.
Here are several common eye infections that you may be experience:
√ Dry Eye Syndrome
What Is Dry Eye Syndrome?
Dry eye syndrome occurs when tears are unable to provide adequate moisture in your eyes. This is an extremely common eye condition, typically occurring as we age. Dry eye syndrome can cause irritation and even pain in your eyes. If you believe you may be suffering from dry eye syndrome, please notify our team of eye care professionals at EyeDrNow.
Causes Of Dry Eye Syndrome
Dry eye commonly occurs in people who are otherwise healthy. It becomes more common with age. This can occur due to hormonal changes that make your eyes produce fewer tears. Dry eye symptom can sometimes be caused or worsened by a condition called meibomianitis, which changes the normal tear film.
Other common causes of dry eyes include:
• Dry environment or workplace (wind, air conditioning)
• Sun exposure
• Smoking or second-hand smoke exposure
• Cold or allergy medicines
• Wearing contact lenses
• Heat or chemical burns
• Previous eye surgery
What Is a Cataract?
A cataract clouds the typically clear lens of the eye, making it hard to focus light properly. As a result, your vision may become blurry. Cataracts occur as proteins on the lens of your eye begin to break down, most commonly occurring with age. Cataracts are increasingly common and treatable if diagnosed early.
What Are Symptoms Of Cataracts?
• Cloudy Vision
• Double Vision
• Light Sensitivity
• Frequently Changing Vision
• Halos Appearing Around Lights
• Difficulty Seeing At Night
What Is Glaucoma?
Glaucoma is a combination of eye conditions that damage the optic nerve, often caused by abnormally high pressure in your eye. Glaucoma can cause blurry, loss or narrowing of vision, light sensitivity, halos around lights, nausea, headaches, eye redness, and eye pain. Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness when not treated.
To find out if you have glaucoma, you should receive regular eye exams. At EyeDrNow, we offer comprehensive eye exams, including measuring your eye pressure through tonometry.
Who Gets Glaucoma?
Glaucoma is most common in adults over the age of 60, however, it can also occur in children and young adults. Because some forms of glaucoma do not exhibit warning signs until at an advanced stage, the American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends that everyone over the age of 40 receive a baseline comprehensive eye exam.
Age is not the only determinant of glaucoma. Your family history also plays a large part in your risk of developing glaucoma. Medical conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure may increase your chance of glaucoma. Individuals with thin corneas, extreme nearsightedness, and farsightedness are also more likely to develop glaucoma.
Glaucoma damage cannot be reversed, however, there are treatment plans that can slow the progression once diagnosed. An eye doctor may prescribe eye drops or oral medication, as well as recommend lifestyle changes. Nutrition is believed to play a large part in treating glaucoma. A diet that is rich in vitamin E, C, A, zinc, and omega fatty acids 3 and 6 may slow the effects of glaucoma. Regular exercise and limiting caffeine can also help keep your eye pressure low.
How is glaucoma diagnosed?
Glaucoma is usually diagnosed by an optometrist or ophthalmologist. He or she will give you a complete eye exam, including tests that can diagnose glaucoma. The tests include:
- Visual acuity test
- Visual field test
- Dilated eye exam
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A routine comprehensive eye exam can detect problems before they get more serious and begin to affect your general health. We recommend getting an eye exam once a year. If you have certain health conditions, your doctor or optometrist may recommend eye exams on a more regular basis to ensure the best overall care for your eyes.