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Sight is arguably the most precious of the five senses. No one really wants eye problems but unfortunately, many people will go through it. Some problems are more serious and as we age, we may need help with our vision.
We all appreciate the beauty we see with our eyes. Many of us also learn by watching. Without our eyes , life would be difficult. Total darkness would be frightening. Eyesight is something not to take for granted.
Although our site is all about the attractive eye patches we designed to make wearing a patch enjoyable, we’re happy to offer the following information about common vision problems whether or not the solution involves a patch.
Conjunctivitis is an inflammation of the conjunctiva. The eye may be red, itchy, swollen and there may be pus present. The eyelids may stick together. It can be a contagious condition. It’s generally not serious.
A sty is an infection on the edge of the eyelid. It’s like getting a little pimple on the eye. Again, it’s not a very serious problem; just a nuisance. You can apply a hot compression on it and that should help drain the pimple.
Floaters are like little specks that float across the field of your vision. It’s generally not considered a serious problem, however, if you notice flashes of light, then see a doctor immediately. This could be a sign of a more serious problem.
Cataracts cover the lens and impair vision. Sometimes, it will stay small and will never end up being a problem. However, if they get bigger, your vision will be affected. It will need to be removed by surgery. A cataract picture illustrates the effect.
Serious Eye Problems
A detached retina is usually caused by a blow to the head or eye. If you see flashes of light or suffer from distorted vision, get medical help!
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) can be traumatic as the central vision is adversely affected. When you consider that nearly everything that you do and see has to do with central vision, you can understand the difficulty this causes.
Strabismus and amblyopia affect children and unless treated early, can cause vision loss. Strabismus is a misalignment of the eyes. One eye may be looking upwards, downwards or to either side.
Strabismus may cause amblyopia; however, they are not the same condition. Amblyopia is reduced vision in one or both eyes. It is more to do with the brain than the eye. The stronger eye is favored by the brain; the weaker eye can thus lose vision completely.