Many eye conditions can cause permanent damage to your vision –this information could help you notice early signs of potential problems
Anterior Blepharitis–This condition affects the front part of the eyelid close to the roots of the eyelashes. It is commonly caused by bacteria that lives on your skin as they produce an irritating toxin that causes inflammation.
The lid margin often looks ‘crusty’ and when seen under a microscope, the appearance can be similar to dandruff. Anterior Blepharitis can cause the eyelids to become red, itchy and sometimes slightly swollen too.
Posterior Blepharitis–This is also often referred to as Obstructive Meibomian Gland Disease. The meibomian glands are located within the eyelid, and the pores of the glands open onto the rim of the eyelids behind the roots of the eyelashes. The glands normally produce a special oily substance for tears.
The meibomian glands can inflame and subsequently become blocked, causing a reduction of the amount of the oily substance that is produced. This can not only cause eyelid margin irritation, but can also cause the surface of the eye to become dry and irritated.
Floaters and Flashing Lights
Eye floaters are tiny spots and specks that drift around in your field of vision. While annoying, ordinary eye floaters are very common and more often than not there is no cause for concern.
The reason that floaters appear is usually due to tiny pieces of the eye’s gel-like vitreous breaking loose within the back of the eye.
When we are younger, despite being made up of 99% water, the vitreous holds a gel like consistency. However as we begin to age it starts to dissolve and become more watery. When this happens the vitreous becomes more detached from the retina and floaters become more visible.
Floaters and eye spots are particularly exaggerated when you look at bright lights, a clear sky or a white computer screen. Rather than actually being able to see small pieces of debris floating around in your eye, what you will see is shadows being cast across your vision. This is a result of these small spots blocking the light from entering your retina.
You’ll also notice that these specks never seem to stay still when you try to focus on them. Floaters and spots move when your eyes move, giving off the impression that they are ‘drifting.’
Dry Eye Syndrome
Dry Eye Syndrome is effectively when your eyes are not being sufficiently lubricated in the natural way. This is predominantly due to your tear ducts not creating enough moisture, or the fact that the moisture being produced is evaporating too quickly.
This can be caused by a number of external factors such as air conditioning and lighting. However, the reason that you are experiencing dry and uncomfortable eyes is more than likely a result of putting your eyes under too much strain. This is often due to over use of technology such as computers, televisions and smart phones.
Keratoconus is a non-inflammatory eye condition in which the cornea (clear window of the eye) thins over time, creating a dome-shaped bulge in the eye. The reasons behind this are not completely clear, however we do know that people with allergic diseases such as asthma are more prone to Keratoconus.
The change in shape and thinning of the cornea impairs the ability of the eye to focus properly, causing poor vision.
Macular Degeneration is a painless eye condition that often goes unnoticed for a prolonged period of time. Despite its lack of symptoms, Macular Degeneration can lead to loss of central vision. It can also lead to a rapid decrease in overall vision if it isn’t diagnosed and treated as soon as possible.
Contrary to popular belief a Cataract is NOT a film that grows across the front of the eye. It is in fact when the lens of the eye begins to cloud. This clouding unsurprisingly causes vision to become blurred. Cataracts can affect one or both eyes and predominantly affect the older generation.
Glaucoma is a disease that damages the optic nerve within the eye. The cause of Glaucoma is a build-up of fluid in the front part of the eye. That extra fluid increases pressure damaging the optic nerve.
The pressure that builds can often be painful and also cause the sclera (whites of the eye) to become bloodshot.
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