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Eye Sight Problem – Causes and How To Prevent

Aug 31, 2019

Headaches, eye pain, blurred or double vision, seeing spider webs, itching and burning sensation around the eyes are some of the common symptoms of an eye sight problem. Hence if you experience one or two of these signs, it is important to see your eye doctor very soon. As with any other ailments any person can experience, vision problems are caused by certain factors and they can also be treated and prevented.

What are the common causes of eyesight problems?

  • Over usage – In this age of modern technology, overusing the eyes is one of the most common causes of vision problems. With the advent of computers, laptops, tablets, cellphones, and other gadgets people are bound to encounter an eyesight problem one way or another. Staring at your cellphone for an extended period of time may not bother you at first. But eventually, you will realize that it is something that puts a lot of strain into your eyes. The harder your eyes work, the higher your risk to encountering vision problems.
  • Medical conditions – Diabetes, high blood pressure, migraine, hyperthyroidism, and multiple sclerosis are some of the medical conditions that can cause problems to your eyesight.
  • Eye infections – There are a number of eye infections that can cause inflammation around the eyes, which may affect your vision if it is not addressed properly. The most common are conjunctivitis, optic neuritis, iritis, keratitis, blepharitis, and corneal ulcer.
  • Genetics – Certain eye problems are caused by your genes. There is no telling whether an eyesight problem will manifest itself during a person’s childhood or when he is already an adult. It may not only pertain to your vision but also to the general appearance of your eyes. Some examples of these genetically inherited vision problems are cataracts, nearsightedness, farsightedness, acute glaucoma, eye floaters, retinitis pigmentosa and astigmatism.
  • Injuries – Injuries, especially around your eyes or directly to it would most likely cause problems. Trauma or an object penetrating the eye can scratch it or could cause a more serious problem. In addition, certain chemicals entering it such as acid, chalk, liquid cleansers or even shampoos can either cause irritation or an injury depending on the strength of the chemicals.
  • Poor diet – Your eyes need nutrients in order to maintain its wonderful condition. When you are not consuming the right amounts of nutrients needed by your eyes, it can cause vision problems eventually.

How can we avoid vision problems?
Knowing the causes of eyesight problem can give you a better idea on how to avoid it. Whether you already have a vision problem or not, it is never too late to learn about how to prevent or solve such problems.

Strain relief methods
If your work requires you to be in front of a desktop computer or a laptop constantly, you have to do certain things to relieve eye strain. Driving for a long stretch can also have the same effect on your eyes. Thus, these methods would also be helpful whenever you go for long drives.

  • Blink on a regular basis – When you are continuously focusing on your computer or looking at the road while driving, you are essentially straining your eyes. To ensure you won’t do more damage, you have to force yourself to blink regularly. Blinking reduces the rate of evaporation of a protective film in your cornea. Aside from that, it would also help relieve eye strain.
  • Give it time to relax – Whether you are facing your computer or driving, you have to provide time for your eyes to relax. A simple 5-minute break in every hour or so would go a long way. You can either close your eyes during this time or simply look away from whatever it is you are doing.

Check your family history
Becoming more aware of your chances of having eye problems in the near future can help you either prevent it to or ensure that it would be manageable. If you have relatives that have genetically caused eye problems, it is wise to consult your eye specialist about it. Moreover, whether you have genes that can cause vision problems or not, it is important to have eye exams periodically. Visiting your doctor once every 2 years should be a good start.

Protect your eyes at all times
Wearing eye protection is imperative if you are exposed to certain elements that put you at risk for injuries. Whether you are playing a certain game, involved in sports or work at a place that can cause injuries to your eyes, you have to protect your eyes all the time so you won't have to deal with an eyesight problem. Don't forget that the ultraviolet rays of the sun are not gentle on your eyes. Therefore, you have to wear sunglasses when you go outdoors and choose a pair that provides optimum protection.

Eat a balanced diet
What you put on your plate matters a lot as far as your eyes’ health is concerned. Eating well is simply one of the best ways to prevent vision problems. A good healthy meal will provide you with the right amounts of protein, vitamins, and minerals that would pave the way to healthier eyesight. Green leafy vegetables and fruits can provide you with vitamins and antioxidants to ward off eye diseases.
Bear in mind that one of the leading causes of blindness is diabetes and it can actually be prevented. Eating a well-balanced diet is your first step to preventing diabetes. You have to avoid food items that contain a lot of sugar. It is also unwise to constantly consume soft drinks since they are loaded with sugar that can cause diabetes. Keep track of your blood sugar levels constantly. This way, if it is quite high then you can do certain things to lower it down. There are natural methods to achieve it. This would include using apple cider vinegar, avoiding sweets and white rice, eating more vegetables and exercising regularly.

Now that you know a number of causes of eyesight problem and the ways to prevent it, you should be on your way to healthier eyesight and a happier you.

 

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