Eyes - the mirror to our health
Not everyone may be aware of this, but our eyes can be used for more than just seeing our loved ones and viewing this beautiful planet where we live in. Our eyes can also help us in determining our health, it may not always be accurate, but most of the time it’s said to be the gateway to our health. We have listed out some common problems that occur, it may not be anything, but it could also be worth a second look.
The redness of the eye is one of the most common issues we all face. According to an ophthalmologist in Nashville, Rebecca J. Taylor, MD: “A red eye with a blotch of blood on the white part of the eye may look really scary, but it’s usually just a bruise under the surface of the eye. We call it a subconjunctival hemorrhage." She says that it's nothing major and it only takes a couple of weeks to clear up.
If you find yourself having your eyes red, irritated, and watery, it's usually due to allergies says, Taylor. It could be caused by seasonal changes or something that you're allergic to or a product you used. You could get any over-the-counter tears which will help dryness and moisture and antihistamine eye drops ought to stop the tingle. If you don't get better in 10 days, consult a physician immediately. The information we have for you here can really help!
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If your eye gets irritated and red, and it exudes a white or yellow release, your physician may call this acute conjunctivitis. Call your physician if you're not sure. It can be infectious, so keep washing your hands often and avoid sharing towels. Conditions like dry eye or an eye infection will look similar to a pinkeye. So go to a doctor immediately and they'll definitely know the difference and give the correct medications to treat it. “Typically it is viral and lasts a week to 10 days. It can start in one eye and go to the other eye. A runny nose and cold symptoms are also very common,” says Taylor.
This occurs usually when it's related to your environment, hormonal changes, or your everyday schedule. Taylor says that it also happens when we gaze too long at screens of PCs, mobile phones, TV and even books for long stretches of time since they are not blinking as often as they usually do.
Saturate your eyes with mock tears a few times during the day, which you can get at any pharmacy. See your specialist if that doesn't work.
Don't underestimate any symptoms, because as we all know, preventing of developing the disease is always better than curing it for a long time.
Red bumps on your eyelid
This is just like how we get red bumps on our face when the oil glands get blocked. The same can happen to the hair follicles of our eyelash too. When infected, it gives us a very painful stye.
Immediately put a warm, damp cloth on the bump at least five to six times each day. It's always best to consult a doctor. In most cases, you may only need an antibiotic, in worst case scenario a surgery to drain it out.
When your eyelid twitches, the first thing you do is worry, but other than it being irritating, it is in fact quite normal. It's called eyelid myokymia. There's no distinct cause on why it occurs and it usually goes away on its own. It lasts only for a second or maybe a week. However, if it continues for more than seven days consult a physician immediately. In normal cases, it might be connected to caffeine, stress and lack of sleep.
What else should you know?
This is a common problem we all face nowadays. We tend to strain our eyes a lot when we stare at screens of mobile, computers, and TV the whole day. Ivan Schwab, MD, a representative for the American Academy of Ophthalmology, advises practicing the 20/20/20 rule. It's not as hard as it sounds, all you've to do is stare at an object 20 feet far from you for 20 seconds every 20 mins.
It could also be an eye strain if your eyes get dry or it might be the time to check your vision and get it corrected and if required you may have to wear glasses.
Sagging or droopy eyelids commonly occurs as a sign of old age, because the tissues of your eyelids become thin. And make sure that if it changes, it should change to both your eyes. If it doesn't immediately visit a doctor, because it may be more serious than you think. If you see it happening to your friends and family, advice them to get it checked ASAP.
Can’t see small print
If you're over 40 it's nothing out of the ordinary that you can't see small writings. It's called presbyopia when you're not able to read what's close to you. And most of the time it can be helped through glasses for reading and special kinds of spectacles. Schwab says that if you’re 40 and above, it is advised to do an eye exam because problems like glaucoma and retinal diseases can lead to blindness.
In the end, no matter what, if you think there's something wrong, don't hesitate to visit the doctor. There's no harm in getting examined. Schwab says it's important because you may be more at risk if you have a family history or a hibernating condition you’re not aware. It’s best treated at the beginning before it gets too late.
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