20 May Eye Problems
Eye problems often hide in plain sight. The problem with this is that some of the more serious ones like glaucoma or diabetic retinopathy, can damage your delicate visual system before you even notice any symptoms. Although symptoms like headaches, dizziness or blurred vision may seem harmless, if they happen suddenly or persistently, they can be a cue to a larger issue.
According to the CDC, more than 4.2 million Americans 40 and older are either legally blind or have low vision. The leading causes of blindness and low vision are eye diseases such as macular degeneration, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, and glaucoma. All of which, when detected in their early stages, can be treated before vision loss occurs.
Most of us don’t spend time contemplating on the complexities of how our eyes work. That is, until something happens.
Common Eye Problems
Most of us don’t spend time contemplating on the complexities of how our eyes work. That is, until something happens. Don’t overlook something that could have been prevented. Most common eye problems are easy to address, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. However, other problems such as cataracts, glaucoma, and age-related macular degeneration can steal your vision without proper intervention. For this reason, to protect your vision, get regular eye exams even if you don’t wear eyeglasses.
Signs, Symptoms & Possible Conditions (to be aware of)
Because catching serious eye problems early can help preserve your vision, it’s important to understand which signs and symptoms warrant a call to your eye doctor. With this in mind, we offer some insight on some signs, symptoms and possible conditions to be aware of:
- Cornea: symptoms eye pain, blurry vision, red or water eyes, sensitivity to light, blurry vision at any distance
- Iris: symptoms eye pain, redness, blurry vision, unusually shaped pupil, vision loss
- Lens: symptoms: cloudy or blurry vision, sensitivity to light, poor night vision, double vision, blurry vision at any distance
- Possible conditions: astigmatism, cataracts.
- Retina: symptoms eye floaters, floaters with flashes, shadow in peripheral vision, sudden decrease in vision, blurriness, dark areas of your vision, difficulty perceiving colors
- Macula: symptoms a gradual loss of ability to see objects clearly, distorted vision, a gradual loss of color vision, a dark or empty area appearing in the center of vision, blurred vision, wavy vision, changes viewing colors
- Optic Nerve: symptoms severe eye pain, red eyes, headaches, nausea and vomiting
- Possible conditions: glaucoma.
- Vitreous: symptoms seeing dark specs, floaters or flashes of light, seeing cobwebs, seeing specks
- Possible conditions: posterior vitreous detachment.