Do you have a vision problem? If you do not see well, see blurred or double vision, have a difficult time reading print, or cannot focus on close subjects, you may have a vision problem. Some people are just lucky and their vision problem does not cause them any other problems. Other people with vision problems have a serious loss of vision and may need glasses, contact lenses, or surgery to restore their normal vision. But if you are like most, your vision problem may prevent you from doing the things you want to do, including caring for yourself, enjoying life, and sometimes even making a living.
Age is one of the most common problems with the eyes. People get less attention when they are younger because their eyes appear more lively. As people age, their eyes tend to become dry and they lose some of their vibrant vision. However, there are other factors that can contribute to dry eyes, including hereditary factors. Other common problems with the eyes include:
* Glaucoma – This is the leading cause of vision loss in the United States. Symptoms include pressure, itching, twitching, and burning around the eye. Symptoms of glaucoma include: pain and pressure around the eye, blurred vision, reduced night vision, and pain during or after eating or talking. In some cases, damage to the optic nerve can also result in vision loss. Treatment for glaucoma usually includes a course of eye drops or an operation to open the drainage canal.
* Visual stress – This is sometimes confused with computer strain, because people who are working on the computer tend to feel eyesight problems while working on the computer, but if the eyes are causing the digital screen in the computer to register a blurry appearance, it is actually stress related. This is often the case with people who are constantly working on a computer, such as employees in call centers. This is often not a serious problem; however, it can interfere with the eyes. Some of the symptoms of visual stress include: headaches, eyestrain, redness, and nausea. Digital eyestrain may not even be present; therefore, the problem should be addressed before it gets worse.
* Angling problems – People who are born with an unevenly shaped cornea, called a “halo” can experience eye strain. The cornea can shape itself to reflect light to different degrees. People whose eyes are naturally born with these shapes are probably not having any significant vision problems, but their glasses or contacts may block the light from coming through perfectly. This can significantly reduce reading, writing, and computer work.
* Glaucoma symptoms – When the eyes try to come into focus on a computer screen that is slightly off center, the eyes can experience symptoms like: eye pain, a feeling that there is something stuck behind the lens, tearing, and irritation. A lot of eyewear companies are now producing eye protection accessories that will allow people to use their computer screen without discomfort. This can prevent serious glaucoma from developing and saving the victim time and money in the long run.