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Eye Care Essentials

Jan 23, 2008
Getting the most from life involves looking after yourself constantly. Eye care is no less-important than working out in the gym, taking restful vacations or eating the correct kinds of food. Eye care is even more important for those people who experience symptoms of eye disease or difficulties.

Low vision occurs when you have a particular eye disease and struggle to see under certain circumstances. If you have poor vision, even with glasses or contact lenses, then you have some form of visual impairment. In the Western world these are usually caused by:

1. Birth defects.
2. Cataracts.
3. Glaucoma.
4. Macular degeneration.

If you suffer from any of these eye care problems, you can benefit from a multitude of visual aids to assist your sight:

1. Special eyeglasses.
2. Large print books.
3. Braille books.
4. Reading assistance via software.

If you suffer from any of the following problems, eye care assistance can help in your treatment:

1. Cataracts.
2. Glaucoma.
3. Retinal disorders.
4. Conjunctivitis.

Pink Eye

Pink eye is the common name given to conjunctivitis. This is an infection and is very contagious (this is why kids often suffer from this condition). If you have conjunctivitis, you may experience swelling and redness, maybe a discharge from the eyes or even swelling. However, there is a solution in the form of antibiotics and eye drops, or maybe creams and compresses. These are usually prescribed once the origin of the infection is known.

Retinal Disorders

The retina can be found at the back of the eye and it is very sensitive to light. The retina transmits the images to the brain. Disorders of the retina (which can be treated with eye care) include:

1. Macular pucker.
2. floaters.
3. Retinal detachment.
4. Macular hole.

Cloudy Cataracts

It has been estimated that over 50% of US citizens (by the time they reach the age of eighty) have some form of cataract problem, often needing to resort to surgery. Again, a variety of symptoms are evident:

1. Double vision.
2. Unclear vision.
3. Glare.
4. Difficulty seeing during the evening.
5. Frequent prescription changes for glasses and contact lenses.
6. Colors appearing paler than normal.

It usually takes quite a while for cataracts to develop and eventually it may be necessary to have a man-made lens fitted. However, some good advice for preventing cataracts developing include wearing sunglasses and wide-brimmed hats.

Optic Nerve

The optic nerve can be damaged by glaucoma which occurs when the fluid pressure in the eye rises to such an extent that it puts pressure on the nerve itself. You might find that there is a history of glaucoma in your family. The over 60s are also prone to this condition. It can be treated using eyedrops and/or surgery, but it is good advice to get an eye exam at least every two years to check that all is okay with your vision.

The upshot to all of this is to take your eye care seriously and have frequent checks on the condition of your vision. Early detection of any problems could be vital in finding a suitable and effective treatment.
About the Author
Earl Moore invites you to discover more about eye care by visiting www.eyeviewcare.com where you will find essential information and advice about looking after your vision.
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