Keeping our eyes bright and healthy is the way to keep them in good shape. There have been so many advancements in modern science for tests for the eyes, that eye problems are being discovered earlier when the treatments are more effective. You use your eyes every day as an elderly care provider, so keep them is as good of a condition as possible!
It’s nice to have eyes that look good. When people look at each other they usually notice the eyes the most. We rely heavily on our eyesight to do our daily activities and get around from place to place each day. Regular check-ups are important, and if you notice any symptoms or warning signs it’s wise to get it checked as soon as possible.
Some eye condition definitions
- Normal eyesight – when looking at an object, the light would be focused directly on the retina at the back of the eye. This allows for seeing a clear image.
- Hyperopia – this describes the situation where light is being focused behind the retina, causing blurry vision, also known as farsightedness. This is known to occur with age and is called presbyopia.
- Myopia – when light focuses images in front of the retina, it’s called nearsightedness. It makes distant objects appear fuzzy.
Some common eye problems
- Allergic conjunctivitis – seasonal allergies cause this annoying condition of redness and itchiness. When pollen from grass, ragweed, trees and other plants starts blowing around, it causes an allergic response in those who are sensitive to it. These symptoms can be caused by allergies to pet dander and mold. The allergens cause the mast cells to respond by releasing histamine.
How to remedy symptoms: a doctor or allergist can prescribe some antihistamine eye drops, or over-the-counter can be used to reduce swelling and itching.
- Dry eyes – dry eye syndrome occurs when the eyes aren’t naturally producing enough tears for necessary lubrication of the eyes. This condition commonly occurs in women age late 30s to 40s most likely because of changes in the hormones leading to pre-menopause. There are also a number of medications that can cause dry eye syndrome, such as antihistamines, antidepressants and decongestants.
How to remedy symptoms: usually the over-the-counter artificial tear products are effective. Make sure you choose preservative-free. If you are a contact lens wearer, ask your doctor for recommendations about treating dry eye. Some studies have shown that taking omega-3 supplements improves symptoms.
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