Most people worldwide experience dry eyes. The condition occurs when the eyes cannot produce adequate or quality tears to remain moist or lubricated. Factors such as aging, medical conditions like thyroid disorders, and some medications contribute to dry eyes. However, one of the most overlooked factors is seasonal changes.
Your eyes are the most important and utilized of all your five senses. They help you navigate the world safely without knocking and bumping into things. When something is affecting your vision, like myopia or hyperopia, you may be severely disadvantaged. Many people who wear eyeglasses know how this feels firsthand.
Double vision, or diplopia, is usually a temporary problem. However, it could also signal a more significant health condition. Several conditions and issues in the eyes and body can cause double vision. So, it is best to examine your eyes immediately when you notice any visual changes.
Contact lenses are ideal for people who want a convenient vision correction option. The process of getting contact lenses differs from that of getting eyeglasses. It is different from a regular eye exam because it has additional steps. It involves a good candidate for contacts and includes lens fitting.
If you have diabetes, annual comprehensive eye examinations will help protect your eyes from sight-threatening conditions. Diabetes prevents the body from storing and using sugar properly. This can lead to high blood sugar that can damage blood vessels throughout the body if left uncontrolled, including those in your eyes.
Conjunctivitis is an eye infection that causes inflammation of the conjunctiva. The most common causes of pink eye are allergens, bacteria, and viruses. Other causes include contact lens wear, fungi, indoor and outdoor air pollution, chemicals, foreign objects in the eye, parasites, and amoeba.
Dry eyes and ocular allergies are some of the most common eye problems that cannot be solved using prescriptive eyewear. The two conditions usually confuse people because they have very similar symptoms. Both cause itchiness in the eyes, a stinging sensation, and soreness.
According to studies, three out of four people require vision correction to some degree. This statistic is shocking to most people, but it makes sense. Consider that many babies already have poor vision at birth. Add to that the time people spend staring at digital screens today, loss of focus flexibility, and the effects of age. It is clear why approximately 75% of people need prescription lenses.
Summer is the best season for many people due to its hot weather and beautiful skies. For many, it is about vacations, beaches, holiday trips, and long and short drives. Unfortunately for others, it is a constant reminder of dry eyes that feel itchy, gritty, burning, and uncomfortable. Below are five ways to help you prevent dry eye in the summer so you can enjoy the season.
Eye exams are tests that assess your vision. They also check your ability to focus and discern objects. Comprehensive eye exams take it a notch higher and check your eye health. Our team at Houston Dry Eye Clinic makes sure to get the full picture with the various technologies we utilize during your comprehensive eye exam.