How Often Should You Have An Eye Test

How Often Should You Have An Eye Test

Many people tend to procrastinate their eye testing until they start experiencing some obvious signs of eye strain which have persisted for more than a couple of days. Signs such as redness, itching, blurring, etc., can mean much more than just pressure. It is especially important to book an eye test if you notice any changes in your vision. Experts recommend scheduling your eye test every two years, even if you may not have noticed anything different in your eyesight. In addition to detecting issues related to vision impairment, eye tests can lead to the detection of health conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure. Even if you think you have perfect vision, you should go for a scheduled eye checkup. Here are some more reasons why eye tests are extremely important: Underlying conditions Not every eye related issue will mean that your vision will be immediately affected. Sometimes, an impending problem may not be detected as it may not directly harm your vision. An underlying problem may not show obvious signs for a long time. A frequent eye examination can help to detect such problems early and give you a lot of time to receive treatment. Health issues Did you know that eye tests can potentially detect problems with the retina, blood pressure, diabetes and cholesterol? According to a report, only 45% of adults realize that eye test means testing more than just vision. Early correction It is not surprising that we all wait until our eyesight gets blurred to run to an ophthalmologist and get our eyes checked. But sometimes minor vision problems cannot be detected...
How To Prevent Dry Eyes Throughout Winter

How To Prevent Dry Eyes Throughout Winter

With colder temperatures comes colder air, leading to dry eyes and nasal airways. This time of year does not have to be spent enduring burning and/or watery eyes though. There are a few products and tricks you can use to keep your eyes feeling refreshed and comfortable. What causes dry eyes? Your eyes are lubricated by a tear film that consists of three layers. The three layers are lipid (oil), mucus, and aqueous (water). Eyes become dry when these layers are out of balance. Dry eyes can be a constant problem, but it can also happen temporarily. When your eyes do not produce tears properly or when those tears evaporate too quickly, you end up with dry eyes. This condition not only causes you discomfort, but it can also make it difficult to do everyday tasks like using a computer or reading a book. Seniors are more likely to develop dry eyes, but it can occur at any age. Winter is the season when people experience this condition the worst. It is the time of year when the air has less humidity (moisture), and furnaces are used to heat the air, making it even drier. Those factors combined with windy conditions and sun glare can intensify dry eye symptoms throughout the winter. What are the symptoms? Dry eyes may cause your eyes to sting, burn, or feel scratchy. It can also cause these uncomfortable symptoms: ● Redness ● Light sensitivity ● Fatigue ● Excess mucus around the eyes ● Increased irritation of smoke or wind ● Feeling like something is in your eye ● Watery eyes ● Trouble wearing...
Treatment for Lazy Eye in Adults

Treatment for Lazy Eye in Adults

If you are having difficulty focusing, have an eye that wanders inward or outward without control or you get abnormal results on your vision screening tests, it’s quite possible that you have a lazy eye or Amblyopia. Although it is common in all ages, amblyopia is the leading cause of vision loss in people under the age of 20. If detected in the first decade, children can have full resolution of this condition, with only partial resolution between ages 12 and 18. It occurs when the eye is not coordinated with the brain, causing loss of vision and depth perception. What is a Lazy Eye or Amblyopia? In this condition, the brain is unable to fully acknowledge the images seen by the affected eye. It typically affects one eye – hence the term “lazy eye” – but may reduce vision in both eyes. About 3% of children under six are known to have some form of amblyopia. The condition has emotional repercussions as well as physical. It can make the person highly self-conscious and prone to social and psychological disorders. The condition emerges in the early stages of childhood, hence early diagnosis and timely treatment plays a crucial role in treating it. Medical professionals say that it becomes increasingly difficult to cure the ailment after the first decade of life. How to Treat Lazy Eye? Physicians recommend treatment as soon as the condition is diagnosed. If there is a delay, vision can rapidly deteriorate, even leading to blindness. It becomes more difficult to improve the lazy eye in the teen years, with very low probability of any improvement in...

Myopia (Near-sightedness)

Myopia is a very common eye condition.  Objects in the distance appear more blurred, while closer objects are clearer.  This is because either the power of the eye is too strong, or that the eye itself is too long.  Either way, the image of the object you see is formed before it reaches the retina and so is blurred.  Myopia is easily corrected with glasses or contact...

Hyperopia (Far-sightedness)

Hyperopia is another very common eye condition.  Objects in the distance appear generally clearer, while closer objects are blurred.  This is because either the eye is not powerful enough, or the eye itself is too short.  Either way, the image of the object you see is formed after it reaches the retina and so is blurred.  Hyperopic people can increase the power of their eyes by accommodating and making the image clear, although this becomes more difficult as you get older or if you do a lot of concentrated work.  Hyperopia is easily corrected with glasses or contact...

Astigmatism

Astigmatism is an eye condition that can occur in conjunction with myopia, hyperopia, or on its own.  Astigmatism occurs when the front of the eye (cornea) is not perfectly spherical (often described as ‘football shaped’).  It causes the image of the object you see to be focused at two different points and so is blurred.  Astigmatism is easily corrected using glassesor contact...