Contact Lens FAQS and Answers

Contact Lens FAQS and Answers
If you are using contact lenses for the first time, then there might be a lot of questions running through your mind. From taking care of the contacts to replacing them, here we have tried to address all the concerns related to contact lenses.

1. What are the different types of contact lenses and which one’s best for my eyes?

There are daily disposable lenses, monthly and two-week disposable lenses. Also, contact lenses come in a wide range of materials. Some materials used in the contact lenses are less prone to drying while some materials may better resist deposits than others. There are lenses for correcting astigmatism along with farsightedness and near-sightedness while some provide extra reading correction. The lens that is best for you depends mostly on your visual needs, your budget, and how often you want to replace them. The lenses that need frequent replacement are a little more expensive as you will be using a lot more of them. However, they need less cleaning and maintenance.

2. Does it takes longer to get used to them?

It depends mostly on the type of lenses you are using. Most of the lens users get used to soft (silicone or hydrogel) contacts pretty easily or in a few days. However, if you are using hybrid contact lenses or rigid gas permeable lenses, it might take a few weeks or longer for your eyes to get used to them. In very rare cases, you may not ever feel comfortable while wearing contact lenses.

3. Can I lose contact lenses behind my eyes?

Not at all. At worst, you may have trouble finding the lenses as they may get under the upper eyelid when you rub your eyes. This can dislodge the lens. Talk to your eye doctor in case you need help in locating and removing the lens.

4. Is it wise to wear disposable contact lenses?

Often, doctors suggest disposable contact lenses. In terms of health, these are the good choice as there are fewer opportunities for bacteria to grow on the lenses. Also, if you are wearing these lenses, you will be discarding them at the end of the day. And as such you don’t need to buy contact lens solution and clean them regularly. These are hassle-free.

5. Is there a great difference between extended wear and daily wear contact lenses?

Yes, there’s a huge difference. Extended wear contacts are made using special materials and they allow more oxygen to enter your eyes. |
6. Who can wear contact lenses? What’s the perfect age to start wearing one?

Anyone can wear contact lenses. They can treat vision issues such as astigmatism. Multifocal contacts, on the other hand, can help treat presbyopia. Children too can wear contact lenses if they are mature enough to take care of the lenses and maintain personal hygiene.

7. How long can I wear the lenses?

Most people can wear the lenses pretty comfortably throughout the day (usually 16 hours). If you are prone to dry eyes, then you may have to limit your wearing time. Some contact lenses are good for longer wear. If you don’t feel comfortable wearing a particular lens, you can try other options and different lens.

All lenses have a particular replacement schedule. There’s a schedule for how many days you can wear them before they are discarded. Usually, the replacement schedule is like every day or every 14 days, or every 1 month.

We hope that these answers will help you get an idea about the usage of contact lenses.

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Cataract Facts: You Must Know Them for an Effective Treatment

Cataract facts: You must know them for an effective treatment

After going through the facts listed below, you’ll have more understanding of the eye complications related to cataract and learn about ways to get it properly treated.

1. There’s not just one but different types of cataracts.

The different types of cataracts include:

Age-related: the type of cataract which is common amongst older people.

Traumatic: the type of cataract that form after an eye injury.

Congenital: the type of cataract that is common in newborn babies. Poor development in the womb, injury, and infection are some of the common causes.

Secondary: the type of cataract that results from other medical conditions like diabetes and other factors such as radiation and ultraviolet (UV) light exposure.

2. Common symptoms of cataracts:-

Some of the common symptoms of cataracts include:

  • Blurred vision
  • Seeing halo around lights
  • Double vision
  • Impaired distance vision
  • Poor night vision
  • Glare

3. Symptoms not typical of cataracts:-

It’s common to misidentify symptoms and think that you have cataracts. But in reality, you might have some other vision problems. This can result in the delay in diagnosis or wrong self-care measures. Symptoms that are unlikely to be associated with cataracts include:

  • Eye discharge
  • Eye redness
  • Eye irritation
  • Excess mucus
  • Eye pain
  • Tearing

4. Advanced age is one of the most important risk factors:-

People who are aged 60 and above are at the highest risk of developing cataracts. With age, the protein fibres in the eyes form clumps and start clouding lens, affecting vision.

5. Eye exam is the go-to diagnosis procedure for doctors:-

Eye doctors conduct a comprehensive eye exam to get a proper diagnosis of the eye condition. The eye exam involves a thorough check of the lens; the doctors do this by dilating the pupils.

6. Can cataracts be prevented?

There’s no proven way to prevent cataracts. However, since the eye condition is common in older adults, it’s crucial to have an annual eye exam for early diagnosis and treatment.

7. You can lower your risk of cataracts:-

Avoiding risks factors such as prolonged exposure to UV rays, smoking, and excessive drinking can help you lower your risk of cataracts.

8. Cataract does not spread from one eye to the other:

There’s a common misconception according to which cataracts can spread from one eye to the other.

9. Your sunglass can be your best friend in lowering cataract risk:-

Choose a pair of sunglasses that has UV protection and wear it whenever you spend time outdoors, in the sunlight.

10. The single-best treatment for cataracts:-

Cataract Surgery is the most effective way to treat the eye condition. The eye surgery involves removal of the natural, clouded lens and replacing them with an artificial one.

11. There may be chances of your refractive error improving after cataract surgery:-

Prior to conducting the surgery, the surgeon will conduct a refraction test to choose an intraocular lens of the right power to give you the best possible vision.

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Blurred Vision FAQs

Blurred Vision FAQs

Blurred vision could simply indicate that you need to update your eyeglass/contact lens prescription. However, in some cases, the eyesight problem can signal something more serious.

If you are experiencing blurred vision, you can visit Disha Eye Hospital, one of the top eye hospitals in Kolkata, and consult an eye specialist to properly diagnose the problem. For booking an appointment, visit http://www.dishaeye.org/appointment.

The FAQs listed below can help you get a clear idea about the eyesight problem, and learn about the causes and treatment options:

1) Who can get the blurry vision?

Unlike other eye complications, blurry vision is not age-specific. Therefore, anybody (from young children to older adults) can experience blurred vision. However, visit an eye doctor if you experience blurriness, haziness, and dimness as it could be the symptom of a serious eye problem.

2) What causes blurry vision?

Refractive errors, including nearsightedness, farsightedness, presbyopia, and astigmatism, are the primary causes of blurry vision. However, the eyesight problem can be a symptom of sight-threatening eye complication as well.

3) What are the eye disorders in which vision blurriness occur as a symptom?

There’s a list of eye disorders in which vision blurriness can occur as a symptom. These eye disorders include:

  • Dry eyes
  • Glaucoma
  • Cataracts
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Age-related macular degeneration
  • Double vision
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Corneal abrasion
  • Strabismus
  • Uveitis
  • Keratitis
  • Corneal ulcer

4) Is vision blurriness a symptom of other health complications?

Yes. Apart from eye disorders, vision blurriness can be a symptom of other health complications as well, some of which include, stroke, high blood sugar levels in people with diabetes, and migraines. Women who are pregnant can also experience blurriness in their vision.

5) Does blurry vision occur in just one eye or both?

Vision blurriness can affect both eyes. In some cases, people may experiment with the eyesight problem just in one eye.

6) Is blurred vision temporary or permanent?

This entirely depends upon the cause. For example, if you are experiencing blurred vision due to refractive error ( which means that the shape of your eye does not bend light correctly which leads to blurred vision), then the symptoms can improve after updating your vision aid (eyeglasses, contact lens) or going for a LASIK surgery. However, if it’s caused by a serious eye disorder such as cataract, then failing to properly treat the disease can worsen the symptoms, eventually leading to blindness.

7) What are the complications of blurred vision?

Blurred vision can make your daily tasks such as driving, reading, cooking, and working on a computer challenging.

8) How is blurred vision diagnosed?

An eye doctor diagnoses blurred vision through an eye chart test. He/she can also conduct a slit-lamp examination. But prior to proceeding with the tests, the doctor will review the medical history to get a fair assessment on the potential causes.

9) Lasik Surgery for blurred vision

If the refractive error is the cause for your blurred vision, then LASIK surgery is the most effective treatment option.

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Are you Suffering from Eye Infection? Check out for These Symptoms

Are you suffering from eye infection? Check out for these symptoms

There are different types of eye infections and their symptoms differ accordingly. If you have been experiencing any of the symptoms that are mentioned here, consult an eye specialist immediately:

1) Severe redness in the inner eyelid of the white part of the eyes:-

Severe redness in the eyes is commonly associated with Conjunctivitis (aka Pinkeye). It is basically inflammation of the conjunctiva, a thin and clear layer of tissue in the white part of the eyes.

There are several reasons why conjunctivitis happens. Some of them include – parasites, fungi, reaction to eyedrops, and exposure to irritants such as swimming pool chlorine water, smoke, and dirt.

2) Decreased vision and eye pain:-

Decreased vision and eye pain are the two major symptoms of Keratitis, inflammation of the cornea. Exposure to contaminated water, viruses, contaminated contact lenses, and physical eye injuries such as scratches are the common causes of Keratitis.

If left untreated, Keratitis can lead to corneal swelling, corneal ulcers, and blindness. There are two types of Keratitis: Infectious and Non-infectious Keratitis; the treatment options vary accordingly.

3) Foreign body sensation in the cornea:-

Sensation of foreign body (or a feeling that something’s stuck) in the cornea is a classic symptom of corneal ulcer. Corneal ulcer is characterised by an open sore that forms on the cornea.

Viral eye infections, including Herpes Simplex Keratitis, Acanthamoeba Keratitis, and Fungal Keratitis, are the common causes of corneal ulcer. Common symptoms of Corneal Ulcer include white spots on the cornea, blurred vision, sore eyes, and excessive tearing. For treatment, eye doctors usually prescribe antiviral, antibacterial, or antifungal eye medication.

4) Floaters and/or spots in the field of vision:-

Seeing floaters and/or spots in the field of vision are generally related to Uveitis – inflammation of the middle layer of the eye caused by a range of conditions. Physical eye injury and bacterial and viral infections are the common causes of Uveitis.

Different types of Uveitis include Anterior Uveitis, Pan-uveitis, Posterior Uveitis, and Intermediate Uveitis. The most common type of Uveitis is inflammation of the iris. The treatment for Uveitis depends upon its type. Lack of proper treatment for the eye infection can increase the risk of retinal edema, glaucoma, and cataracts.

5) Eyelid swelling and frequent tearing:-

If you have a swollen eyelid accompanied by pain and frequent tears, you may be suffering from Sty (aka Stye). It’s a painful lump that grows in the edge of the eyelid. Although a Sty commonly forms on the outer part of the eyelids, it can form on the inner part of the eyelids as well.

Apart from eyelid swelling and frequent tears, other symptoms, including severe eyelid pain and eye redness. Although a sty can go on its own, you can take extra measures such as gently massaging the swollen area with a soft piece of cloth soaked in warm water. This will help the infected area heal faster.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, visit the nearest Disha Eye Hospital.

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7 Facts on Low Vision

 

7 Facts on Low Vision


People suffering from low vision may not only face difficulty seeing things around them but also stand at an increased risk of serious vision complications. Over here we discuss useful facts to help you know more about low vision:

1)  Different types of low vision:-

There are different types of low vision. The common ones include:

  • Blurred vision – lack of clarity in near and distant vision.

  • Night blindness – difficulty in seeing during nighttime and in poorly lit places such as theatres.

  • Hazy vision – dim field of vision.

  • Loss of peripheral vision – loss of vision on either sides and above and below the eye level.

  • Loss of central vision – a blind spot in the centre of the field of vision.

2)  Low vision is the result of a variety of eye conditions and/or injuries:-

People suffering from eye conditions such as Glaucoma, Cancer of the eye, Macular Degeneration, Cataracts, Diabetes, and Eye trauma can develop low vision as their condition progresses over time.

3) Knowing when to get an eye exam:-

If you notice changes in your vision and experience symptoms such as nearsightedness, or farsightedness, it’s best to consult an eye doctor to start early treatment and lower the risk of further vision complications.

One of the ways to correct nearsightedness or farsightedness is getting a LASIK surgery done. Know more about Disha’s LASIK surgery department visit http://www.dishaeye.org/lasik-refractive-surgery

4) “Low vision” is a term used by eye care professionals:-

“Low vision” is a term widely used by eye care professionals to describe visual impairment which cannot be corrected by eye surgery, medicine, contact lenses, and standard glasses.

5) Living with low vision:-

Although low vision creates difficulties in doing everyday tasks, people suffering from the eye condition can maintain or regain their quality of life by taking different measures such as regularly following up with the doctor, joining support groups, using the visual aid(s) prescribed by the eye doctor.

6) The degree of sight loss in low vision can vary:-

The degree of sight loss in a person with low vision can depend upon the nature and severity of the existing eye condition. Age can be another important determining factor.

7) Diagnosis of low vision:-

Eye doctors conduct a comprehensive eye exam to diagnose the eye condition. During eye check-up for low vision, the eye doctor may test your visual fields, depth perception, and visual acuity using special charts and magnifiers.

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Common Kid’s Eye Disorders

Common Kid's Eye Disorders

It is important to take your children for annual eye check-up to start early treatment of eye problems (if diagnosed any) and avoid further complications.

Over here we have discussed a list of common eye disorders in children. If your kid shows any of the symptoms mentioned below, consult our eye specialists.

1) Excessive tears (Epiphora):-

Watery eyes are common in babies. However, it if doesn’t pass by itself, the condition can mean serious eye complications. There are several causes of excessive tearing in babies.

The most common cause is overproduction of tears mainly due to irritation of the eyes by irritants such as dirt, pollen, and dust. Make sure that your baby doesn’t rub his/her eyes to avoid worsening of the irritation. Other causes include problems with tear ducts and eye infections such as pink eye.

One of the basic home remedies is to clean your baby’s eyelids to prevent accumulation of infection-causing discharges with filtered water and cotton.

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2) Dry eyes:-

Dry eye occurs when there’s insufficient lubrication in the surface of the eyes. As a result, the condition can cause irritation, burning sensation, and itchiness. Dry eyes is becoming increasingly common in kids as they spend too much time on smartphones or playing video games.

The eye condition can make it challenging for your child to play sports, read books, use a computer, and even perform well at school. If you notice symptoms such as frequent eye rubbing, and soreness and redness in the eyes, make sure to consult an eye doctor.

3) Strabismus:-

Strabismus is when the eyes are misaligned. In other words, both eyes are unable to aim at the same subject. In strabismus, one or both the eyes may turn inward, outward, up, or down. Kids can either develop the condition in childhood or be born with it.

Strabismus is linked to problems with the eye muscles. In other cases, the condition can also be caused by the brain’s control centre that directs eye movements, or the nerves that transmit information to the muscles.

Like most children, your kid may not notice changes in their vision or complain about the problem. If you notice your kid’s eyes don’t consistently look in the same direction, make sure to take medical help. Treatment options for the condition include eye patching, eye drops, eyeglasses, and eye muscle surgery.

4) Lazy Eye:-

Lazy eye, also called Amblyopia, is a condition in which one of the eyes doesn’t fully develop, causing vision impairment. As the condition affects one of the eyes, your kid may not notice changes in vision right away.

However, as a concerned parent, you can look out for several signs of the eye condition. When your child focuses on an object, notice if one eye stays focused while the other one tends to wander. If this happens, then it could be an indication of the eye condition.

5) Refractive errors:-

Refractive error (hyperopia, myopia, astigmatism) happens when the shape of the eye prevents light from focusing directly on the retina, thus leading to blurred vision. As vision develops in the early years of life, the eye condition could be serious for your child.

Refractive errors cannot be prevented but can be treated upon early diagnosis. Some of the signs of the eye condition to watch out for in your kids include holding objects too close to the eyes and inability to read distant letters.

6 Things to Know about Diabetic Eye Diseases

 

6 Things to Know about Diabetic Eye Diseases
People with diabetes stand at an increased risk of a group of eye diseases (categorised as diabetic eye diseases) including Diabetic Retinopathy, Diabetic Macular Edema, and Glaucoma.

If you have diabetes, you need to take special care in order to lower the risks of diabetic eye diseases. Know more about diabetic eye diseases here to take proper care.

1) How does Diabetes affect eye health?

High levels of blood sugar can cause the tissues in your eyes to swell and lead to temporary blurred vision. You may risk causing damage to the tiny blood vessels in the back of your eyes if you do not manage blood sugar levels. The damaged blood vessels, in turn, can leak fluids, lead to the growth of new weak blood vessels, increase the pressure inside the eyes, and/or cause swelling.

2) Protecting the eyes when you have diabetes:-

Managing your blood sugar levels is the best way to lower the risk of onset of diabetes eye complications mentioned above. You can talk with your eye doctor regarding the measures you need to take to manage your health condition and maintain a good eye health.

Our expert eye doctors at Disha Eye Hospital, a reputed eye hospital in West Bengal, can help you get a precise diagnosis and plan your treatment.

3)The most common diabetic eye disease:-

Diabetic Retinopathy is one of the most common diabetic eye complications. The serious eye complication involves damages to the blood vessels of the retina’s light-sensitive tissue. Diabetic Retinopathy, at early stages, may not cause any symptom or involve mild vision changes. However, the eye complication can lead to permanent blindness if not properly managed.

4) Symptoms and treatment options of  Diabetic Retinopathy:-

As the eye disease progresses, it may cause certain symptoms, including vision loss, vision blurriness, poor colour vision, and seeing floaters/dark spots in your vision. Major risk factors of the eye disease include the duration of Diabetes, tobacco use, pregnancy, and high cholesterol. Treatment options for Diabetic Retinopathy include medication, laser surgery, vitrectomy, and diet changes.

5) Diabetes and Glaucoma:-

People suffering from Diabetes are at an increased risk of developing glaucoma as compared to non-diabetics. A rare type of Glaucoma called Neovascular Glaucoma can occur when the damaged blood vessels on the retina lead to the growth of new, abnormal blood vessels on the iris and increase pressure in the eyes.

One of the treatment options for Neovascular Glaucoma is laser surgery, which is done to reduce the number of abnormal blood vessels on the surface of the retina and on the iris.

6) Diagnosing diabetic eye problems:-

Eye doctors conduct a dilated eye exam to diagnose eye problems caused by Diabetes. Prior to conducting the tests, the doctor may ask for medical history. During the eye exam, the eye specialist will widen the pupils using eye dilating drops. By doing so, the doctor will easily be able to examine the back portion of the eyes. The doctor may measure the pressure in the eyes and test visual acuity.

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How to Take Care of Your Eyes During Monsoons?

Monsoon brings that much-needed respite from hot and sticky summer months. But the season also brings viral eye infections that can take a toll on your eye health. Luckily, taking good care of your eye can be easy and for your convenience, we’ve listed some of the ways how to go about it:

1) Avoid rainwater in your eyes:-

We all love that guilty pleasure of getting drenched in monsoon rains at least once. However, doing this can put you at the risk of viral eye infection. How? Although rainwater may appear to be clean, it can carry a host of germs, and even pick up atmospheric pollutants and microbes as it falls down

When travelling in rain, wear a clear lens eyewear to avoid splashes of rainwater getting into your eyes. If rainwater accidentally enters into your eyes, then dry your eyes immediately. Best would be to wash them with clean water. If you experience persistent irritation and blurriness, consult an eye doctor.

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2) Take care of your eyewear:-

It’s a common monsoon scenario when your eyeglasses get wet and blurred when travelling during rainy days. Make sure to carry a piece of dry and soft cloth with you to clean your eyeglass every time it gets wet.

Remember not to use your handkerchief to clean your eyeglass as it can contain germs that can lead to eye infection.

3) Wash your hands frequently:-

Make sure you wash your hands frequently as you can unknowingly touch your eyes. Wash your hands before cleaning your contact lenses to avoid transmitting infection-causing germs. You can even carry a hand sanitiser along with you when travelling.

4) Think twice before self-medicating:-

We often underestimate our eye symptoms and resort to self-medication. However, this is a bad practice as doing so can put you at the risk of serious eye problems. If you experience unusual symptoms such as blurriness, itchiness, and eye pain, avoid using OTC (over the counter) medicines. Instead, consult an eye doctor for an accurate diagnosis of the symptoms.

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5) Don’t share personal belongings:-

Dust particles during dust storms when come in contact with your eyes can cause symptoms such as irritation and blurriness. Make sure you stay indoors during a dust storm. If you have to be outdoors, either use a protective eyewear or carry a sunglass along with you.

6) Take precautions during dust storms:-

Dust particles during dust storms when come in contact with your eyes can cause symptoms such as irritation and blurriness. Make sure you stay indoors during a dust storm. If you have to be outdoors, either use a protective eyewear or carry a sunglass along with you.

7)Take precaution with eye makeup:-

Make sure you avoid using eye makeup past their expiry date. Also, store your eye makeup in a cool and dry place to lower the risk of accumulation and growth of bacteria and viruses.

8) Avoid contact with people who are already affected:

If you have to spend time with people who have a viral eye infection such as conjunctivitis, make sure to avoid direct contact to lower the risks. Also, avoid sharing personal belongings with people suffering from eye infections. Always use a hand sanitizer.

13 Eye Health Related FAQs

13 Eye Health Related FAQs

Have doubts about eye health? Check out the FAQs below:

1) How do cataracts develop and what are the treatment options?

There are two risk factors for the development of cataracts; age and exposure to ultraviolet rays.

Age-related cataracts occur when proteins in the eyes form clumps and restrict the amount of light that enters the retina. Prolonged exposure to ultraviolet rays is another cause of cataracts. Other causes of cataracts include eye diseases and eye injuries.

Cataracts can be treated with an eye surgery in which the surgeon replaces the cloudy lens with a clear, artificial lens. But the surgery should be done from the best eye hospital in West Bengal.

2) How is cataract diagnosed?

Cataract can be diagnosed through a comprehensive eye exam, including dilated eye exam and visual acuity test.

In a dilated eye exam, the doctor dilates the pupils using eye drops. By doing this, the doctor can determine cataracts’ opacity and impact on vision. The doctor is able to determine the extent of vision impairment through the visual acuity test.

3) Can I get a cataract surgery done during summers?

Yes. You can undergo a cataract surgery during summers. In fact, you can undergo a cataract surgery during any time of the year. Cataract surgery not being feasible during summers is just a myth.

4) What is diabetic retinopathy and what are its symptoms?

Diabetic retinopathy is a complication of diabetes; the eye condition is one of the leading causes of blindness. It occurs when high blood sugar levels damage the tiny blood vessels in the retina.

The early symptoms of diabetic retinopathy go almost undetected, but can gradually worsen over time, leading to vision loss. Some of the common symptoms of diabetic retinopathy include eye pain, double vision, eye floaters and spots, and blurred vision.

5) Who are at the risk of diabetic retinopathy?

People suffering from diabetes, both Type 1 and Type 2, stand at the risk of diabetic retinopathy. Pregnant women with diabetes are at the equal risk. Disha Eye Care Hospital is the best among the top ten hospitals for retina treatment in Kolkata.

6) Can diabetic retinopathy be prevented? If yes, how?

There are several steps to lowering the risk of diabetic retinopathy. Managing diabetes is the first step to minimising the risk of onset of the eye condition. Other steps involve regularly checking blood sugar levels, testing urine for ketone levels, and undergoing an annual comprehensive eye exam.

7) Can eye injuries affect vision?

Yes, but it totally depends upon the severity of the eye injuries. Minor injuries can cause eye pain and temporary blurred vision while major injuries can have serious implications such as eye infection and vision impairment.

8) How to protect the eyes from diseases?

There are several ways how you can lower the risk of development of eye diseases. First off, maintain a healthy diet by choosing fresh vegetables, fruits, eggs, meat, and fish over unhealthy food items such as deep-fried snacks and frozen meat items.

Exercise regularly, drink plenty of water, and get your eyes checked every year. These steps help you maintain an overall good health and keep the risks of eye diseases at bay.

9) What is glaucoma and what are its symptoms?

Glaucoma is a group of diseases that can cause vision loss by damaging the eyes’ optic nerve. The eye disease is linked to the build-up of pressure (intraocular pressure) inside the eyes

Some of the common symptoms of glaucoma include eye pain, narrowed vision, nausea, vomiting, eye redness, vision loss, and seeing halos around the light.

10) What are the treatment options for glaucoma?

Your doctor may plan the treatment depending upon the severity of the condition. Eye drops for Glaucoma can either increase fluid flow or reduce its formation in the eyes.

Laser surgery is another treatment option for glaucoma. This procedure can help increase fluid flow in the eye. A surgery known as Trabeculoplasty involves opening a new channel to drain the fluid and lower eye pressure.

11) Why is it not safe to wear contact lenses past expiry/recommended date?

Contact lenses (as the name suggest) get into direct contact with the eyes when worn. Therefore, it’s crucial that you follow safety precautions to avoid serious implications. Wearing contact lenses past their expiry date can increase the risk of eye infections, which, in turn, can worsen and cause vision impairment.

The same applies to the cleaning solution. Make sure that you replace it after reaching the expiry date.

12) Will reading in dim light damage my eyes?

Reading is a precision activity, and when you do it under dim lighting, you increase strain to your eyes. As a result, you can suffer from symptoms such as eye redness, itchiness, pain, and dryness. The best practice is to read under bright lighting.

13) How to avoid eye injuries?

Eye injuries cannot be completely avoided. However, you can take steps to drastically lower the risks. For example, wear a protective eyewear when working at the workshop or travelling outdoors.

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