Early signs of eye problems to look out for
The gift of sight is something that all people cherish and should not take for granted. It is essential to be aware of any changes in visual acuity as this may indicate future complications related to vision. There are many diseases that can present with fairly harmless symptoms early on but can later lead to more serious conditions, which can lead to blindness.
Some of the symptoms discussed here can be quite innocent and not inherently cause for concern. However, if multiple symptoms develop without explanation, it is best to contact your ophthalmologist or health care professional.
Red eyes have many interpretations and can be reasonably common. Eye redness is usually the result of irritation that leads to inflammation of the tiny capillaries inside the eye, which leads to the appearance of redness. This can be caused by lack of sleep, dehydration, or allergies but can also result from more serious conditions such as corneal ulcers, infectious conjunctivitis (more commonly known as pink eye) or subconjunctival hemorrhages. Bleeding in the back of the eye can lead to complications and affect vision, which can lead to complete blindness.
Jacqueline Gattigno, Smart Vision optician at Eyes InDesign Bondi, warns that taking action too late could have serious consequences. “Most of the time, these symptoms are not very serious and can be easily explained and corrected, but if symptoms persist and vision deteriorates, it is time to see a professional,” says Jatigno.
Another typical indicator of vision problems is increased sensitivity to light, otherwise known as photophobia. Light sensitivity can appear as just staring at a brightly lit room but it can also cause a great deal of pain in more severe cases. Migraines are often associated with photophobia and may require medical treatment in some cases as the condition can become debilitating. Another common condition associated with light sensitivity is cataracts, in which the lens of the eye becomes cloudy. While cataracts can be treated, they can only be completely removed with surgery.
Blurred or distorted vision is the most obvious and concerning symptom of some eye conditions. The ophthalmologist should be immediately informed of the appearance of sudden changes in vision. In some cases, this is caused by a possible retinal tear or detachment, a serious condition that requires medical attention to prevent permanent damage. Another possible explanation for sudden blurred vision is macular edema. Macular edema occurs when there is a buildup of fluid inside the eye’s macula, causing swelling and increased pressure. Again, this condition can lead to permanent vision loss.
Tears are generally believed to be an emotional function of the eye, but the primary role is to moisturize the eye and keep it moist. In certain cases, excessive tearing can indicate an underlying problem such as bacterial keratitis or a blocked tear duct. With bacterial keratitis, the cornea becomes infected and can develop rapidly. A corneal infection can be caused by an injury to the eye or possibly due to the use of poorly sterilized contact lenses or even contact lens contact with tap water before it was inserted. Therefore, it is essential to ensure that contact lenses are properly cleaned and stored according to our instructions.
Jatigno explains that there are certain habits and steps that can be taught to prevent the most common visual ailments.
Smart Vision Optometry Clinics are located in Sydney. Book a comprehensive Smart Vision assessment or advanced eye health test for any child or adult by calling Mosman Clinic (02) 9969 1600 or Bondi Clinic (02) 9365 5047, or book an appointment online instead.
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