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Daily Threats to Eye Health That Make a Regular Eye Exam a Must https://merivalevisioncare.com/


For some people, visiting an eye clinic for annual routine check-ups can be a real hassle. But this hassle is a piece of cake if compared to the inconvenience and difficulties you will face when you get vision problems. Daily threats are all around us and we should take note of them. Today, we will be talking about some of these daily threats that can cause vision problems. Your eyes are one of the most essential parts of your body and your eyesight is among the critical senses that you use all the time. Around 80% of the things you perceive are through your sense of sight. Moreover, having good eyesight is essential to the quality of your daily life. This is why it is very important that you keep your eyes healthy and protected against all sorts of threats at all times. Speaking of threats, what daily threats can cause vision problems? Let’s find out.


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Sun Exposure


The sun’s UV rays cannot only damage your skin but your eyes as well. Getting exposed to the sun every day without wearing any protective glasses can increase your risks eye problems. Both the sun’s UV radiation and visible light can damage the cornea. They are also a significant factor in the development of eye problems like pterygium, cataracts, and macular degeneration. In order to protect your eyes from the damaging rays of the sun, it is best to wear a pair of UV blocking sunglasses that are labeled with UV400 whenever you go out during sunny days.


Using Electronic Gadgets


We are now living in an era where it is almost impossible to live a day without our electronic gadgets. Yes, our smartphone, computer, laptop, game console, e-reader, tablet, and television has become a part of our daily lives. These products of modern technology have made our lives easier and fun but they also come with some disadvantages.


The more you get hooked to using electronic gadgets, the more you risk getting eye problems. Spending hours staring at the screen of your smartphone, computer, laptop, game console, ereader, tablet, and television can wreck your eyes. These electronic gadgets transmit a blue light that is toxic to the eyes. This light damages the retina of the eyes and harms the vision by triggering the retinal that is produced by the eye. This causes chemical reactions within the human eye which poisons and damages the photoreceptor cell molecules. The result of death of the photoreceptor cell molecules is macular degeneration. This common eye problem is one of the major causes of vision loss in the United States.


Another way that these electronic gadgets can damage your vision is by changing how the eyes work. Blinking is an essential function of the eyes. It allows the tiny glands along the eyelids of the eyes to produce a lubricating substance which helps prevents the tear film from evaporating quickly. When you spend too much screen time, the eyes tend to blink less often. This leads to quick evaporation of the tear film, leaving the eyes dry.


If you think you are one of those people whose work or lifestyle includes using handheld electronic gadgets for long hours every day, you should never skip visiting an eye doctor. Having your eyes checked annually ensures that your eyes are still healthy and free from any potential risks.


Dry eyes


There are times when you feel like your eyes are dry and think it is just a normal phenomenon. However, dry eyes are not just as simple as it seems and it is also not something you should just live by. The eyes are full of tears, even if you are not crying. The tears serve as a lubricating fluid that moisturizes the eyes so that you can see clearly. This lubricating fluid is made up of a mixture of mucus, oil, water, antibodies, and special proteins.


Aside from the fact that it causes irritation, burning, a gritty feeling, itching, light sensitivity, redness, and general discomfort, dry eye can also affect your vision and overall eye health. Left unaddressed, dry eye can damage your cornea.


There are different causes of dry eyes. It may be due to the lack of balance in the tear-flow system, side effects of certain medicines like antihistamines, the natural aging process, or other health problems that affect the eyes’ ability to release tears like rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren’s syndrome, and collagen vascular diseases. It is best to visit an eye doctor whenever you experience dry eyes. Not only will the eye doctor help find ways to relieve the irritating and discomforting effects of dry eye syndrome, but he or she can also help identify other health problems and suggest appropriate treatment to treat them.


Allergies


Not all people have allergies and not everyone knows they have an allergy until the signs and symptoms show up. Increased pollen, mold spore, and seasonal allergen counts can cause allergic conjunctivitis which makes the eyes itchy, reddish, swollen, watery, and painful. If you believe you don’t have any allergies but you experience these symptoms, it is wise to visit an eye doctor and have your eyes checked before you accidentally cause any damage to your eyes. The doctor will prescribe an appropriate medicine to manage the symptoms and make your eyes feel comfortable again.


Undiagnosed eye and vision problems


Not all people have allergies and not everyone knows they have an allergy until the signs and symptoms show up. Increased pollen, mold spore, and seasonal allergen counts can cause allergic conjunctivitis which makes the eyes itchy, reddish, swollen, watery, and painful. If you believe you don’t have any allergies but you experience these symptoms, it is wise to visit an eye doctor and have your eyes checked before you accidentally cause any damage to your eyes. The doctor will prescribe an appropriate medicine to manage the symptoms and make your eyes feel comfortable again.


Every day can be a battlefield for the eyes given the current situation of our environment, atmosphere, and lifestyle. Pollution, quickly changing weather conditions, and an unhealthy lifestyle can all affect our eye health. It is easy to simply ignore your eyes and believe that they are alright since you can still see clearly and you don’t seem to feel anything that tells you something is off with your eyes. Unfortunately, most eye problems don’t have any signs or symptoms until they get worse. You might already have vision problems, astigmatism, farsightedness, nearsightedness, and other eye disorders like cataracts, macular degeneration, and glaucoma or you might already need vision therapy but you are still unaware of it.


Undiagnosed eye and vision problems can get worse over time and when these problems have already severely damaged the eye, it would be difficult to treat them. Damages to the eye nerves, cornea, and retina are often irreversible. The problem can be managed but can never be cured.


Getting an annual routine eye check-up will help you monitor the health of your eyes and detect any vision or eye problems. If your eye doctor detects any signs of eye and vision problems, they are able to suggest treatment plans to treat the problem where it is still highly treatable and prevent it from worsening.


Why do you need to protect your eyes from these daily threats?


Wearing prescription eyeglasses or even contact lenses for vision correction can be a real hassle. Not only will you have to visit the optical shop more often to make sure that your prescription is up to date, these glasses or contact lenses are also a bit expensive. By taking good care of your eyes and protecting them against the daily threats, you help reduce your risks of losing your vision and developing eye diseases that can cause legal blindness such as retinitis pigmentosa, glaucoma, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, and age-related macular degeneration.


Apart from eating foods that can help boost eye health like fish, nuts, legumes, green leafy vegetables, carrots, and citrus fruits, it is also important to have your eyes checked by an eye doctor every 1 to 2 years. By having your eyes undergo a comprehensive test, your doctor can be able to detect early signs of eye disease, suggest appropriate treatment, and treat it at its earliest stage where it is still highly treatable.


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Daily Threats to Eye Health That Make a Regular Eye Exam a Must  

Having good eyesight is essential to the quality of your daily life. This is why it is very important that you keep your eyes healthy and pr...

Daily Threats to Eye Health That Make a Regular Eye Exam a Must  

Having good eyesight is essential to the quality of your daily life. This is why it is very important that you keep your eyes healthy and pr...