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10 Health Problems Your Eyes Could Be Showing Signs Of:
Dry eyes, irritated eyes, and blurry vision can be caused by poor nutrition. Ask your eye doctor if dietary changes or supplements will help.
Don’t suffer from red, itchy, watery eyes caused by allergies. Your eye doctor can prescribe treatments to keep your eyes comfortable year-round.
Color Vision Changes:
Do colors look faded? Changes in your color vision may be a sign of early cataracts or other eye health problems.
Yellow eyes could be a sign of liver problems. See your eye doctor and general physician to make sure your eyes are healthy and your liver is functioning normally.
Autoimmune disease is when your body’s defense mechanism against disease-causing microbes starts attacking normal, healthy cells. Dry eyes and dry mouth can be the warning signs of an autoimmune disease called Sjogren’s syndrome, which damages glands that produce tears and saliva.
Your eye doctor can check for sun damage that can cause cancer of the eyelids and front of the eye. Remember to wear shades outdoors in daylight to shield your eyes from UV.
Amyloid protein that builds up in the brain in Alzheimer’s disease may appear in the retina as an early marker of the condition. Detection requires a special test called SD-OCT.
Both type 1 and type 2 diabetes can cause serious vision problems and even blindness. Routine dilated eye exams are essential to monitor of the disease.
High Blood Pressure:
Early signs of damage from high blood pressure can be detected in a routine eye exam so potentially life-saving treatment can be initiated and adjusted as needed.
During a dilated eye exam, your eye doctor can examine the health of blood vessels in the retina and detect signs of increased risk of carotid artery disease and stroke.
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Have you ever seen a speck or thread-like strand float across your field of vision? Many times these spots or floaters in your eyes are just an irritating consequence of aging. However, if these symptoms are new or get worse, it’s time to call your eye doctor. Read more about the symptoms, causes and management for this common eye condition.
What are eye spots, flashes and floaters?
Floaters are transparent spots, specks or lines that seem to move or “float” across your field of vision. They are actually small, semi-transparent or cloudy particles within the vitreous (the jelly-like fluid filling the back of eye). They come in different shapes and sizes and can look like insects, rain drops, dark spots, cobwebs, thread-like strands, or hair. Some move around more and other seems to be much less mobile.
What causes spots and floaters?
Floaters are flecks of protein or other matter trapped in the back cavity of the eye. New or large floaters are frequently caused when the vitreous gel detaches from the back wall of the eyeball. Although this sounds a bit scary, this typically happens as part of the normal aging process. Certain eye diseases or injuries can also cause floaters.
Are spots and floaters serious?
Most spots and floaters are normal, but sometimes they can indicate a more serious problem, especially if there is a sudden increase in their number or if they are accompanied by flashes of light.
What are flashes ?
Flashes are brief, lightning-like streaks or arcs of light seen in your side, or peripheral, vision that may or may not appear with spots and floaters. They are similar to what you see when a flash goes off on a camera. Each flash only lasts for a split second. They are typically white and are more visible in the dark. Flashes occur when the vitreous gel tugs on and pulls away from the retina (the back lining of the eye like the film in the back of camera that receives visual images and sends them to the brain). Every time the vitreous pulls on the retina, you will see a flash of light. After the vitreous completely separates, flashes tend to become less prominent and usually completely stop over a period of several weeks.
Another cause of flashes might be migraines. Flashes related to migraines usually last for about 15-30 minutes, tend to be colorful, shimmering, appear in both eyes simultaneously and may slowly move across your vision. They then completely stop and may or may not be followed by a headache.
Is a vitreous detachment serious?
Vitreous detachment is very common and rarely leads to serious problems. The vitreous detaches over several weeks, and the floaters and flashes tend to become less prominent. Sometimes, however, a vitreous detachment can cause small tears or holes in the retina. These holes can progress and cause vision loss if left untreated.
What should I do if I see spots, floaters or flashes?
If you suddenly see new spots, floaters, or flashes, if they get worse, or if you see a dark curtain progressing over your side vision, you should contact your eye doctor immediately for a complete exam. You will need a dilated examination (drops are used to make the pupil larger so the doctor can see the entire retina). This examination allows your eye doctor to determine if you have a vitreous detachment or a more serious problem like a retinal tear or retinal detachment. The dilated exam will make your eyes light sensitive and your vision blurry for several hours.
In most cases, a sudden increase in spots, floaters, or flashes requires no treatment other than careful monitoring by your eye doctor. However an examination is extremely important to make sure it is a vitreous detachment and not a more serious problem such as a retinal tear or retinal detachment which must be treated quickly. For this reason when you call your doctor with flashes or new floaters they may want you to be seen the same day.
Call or Visit Good Looks Eyewear in Pittsburgh or in Cranberry Township for more information.
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1101 Freeport Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15238
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20215 US 19
Cranberry Twp, PA 16066
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105 Brandt Drive Suite 201
Cranberry Twp, PA 16066
With Winter right around the corner, Good Looks Eyewear wants to make sure that you are prepared to protect your eyes from the sunlight. Outdoor winter sports are very popular, certain sunglasses can help you perform better in the winter. One of the best kind of sunglasses an outdoor athlete can wear are wrapped sunglasses. Wrapped frames curve around your eyes for maximum protection from the suns harmful rays.
Oakley is a very popular brand of sunwear for athletes. The Oakley frames are wrapped and conform to your head shape perfectly so they will not fall off during exercise. Oakley frames can also come with polarized lenses to shield your eyes from the sun while you’re exercising outside.
Stop in to our Pittsburgh or Cranberry Good Looks Eyewear to pick up your Oakley frames before the Winter. Ask any of our ABO Certified opticians to find out more information on what frames suit you best and which frames will best protect you for all of your winter activities.
Why is it so important to have your child’s vision checked?
It is extremely important to check your child’s vision from a very young age! Vision is a huge part of a child’s development, and it is best to catch any problems early on and find a solution quickly. Vision problems can hurt a child’s school performance, as much of what they learn there is presented visually. Children don’t know how their vision “should be”, so having your child’s eyes checked is the best way to catch any potential problems. It is better to get a full eye exam than to rely on the results of the simple vision check that children receive at a regular doctor’s appointment.
When should you have your child’s vision checked?
Doctors recommend that children get their eyes checked first at the age of 6 months. While this may seem young, it is around this time when a child has sharper and more accurate color vision. It is also the time when vision problems begin to manifest themselves. If there are no problems, children should get their eyes checked again at age 3 years, and then again right before they start school. These are formative times when vision problems appear. If your child does have some sort of vision problem, it is important to take corrective measures immediately. It is also important to schedule appointments at the times of day your child is most focused. You don’t want to take them to get their eyes checked when they are tired, cranky, or hungry if you want to get accurate results.
What are common vision problems in children, and how do you correct them?
Some of the most common vision problems children experience are nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, lazy eyes, and crossed eyes. The first three are caused refractive errors and can be easily corrected with glasses or contacts, and in serious cases, surgery. Lazy eyes, while sometimes initially caused by refractive issues, can require more extensive correction. These issues occur when one eye has better vision than the other, or the eyes are crossed. The brain begins to only acknowledge input from the stronger eye, and the weaker eye is ignored. If it is not corrected, the brain will ignore the weaker eye to the point of it shutting down, potentially causing permanent vision loss. Lazy eye can be fixed with patching the stronger eye to force the weaker one to grow stronger. If a child constantly removes the patch, there are other options, including special eye drops and contacts that block light. Crossed eyes occur when the eyes fail to align and work together. This can be caused by extreme farsightedness, a problem in the muscles of the eye, or issues in the nerves or vision centers of the brain. This can lead to double vision, or in severe cases, to a lazy eye as discussed above. Crossed eyes can be treated with prescription lenses, vision therapy, or surgery, depending on the seriousness of the issue.
While excessive reading as a child is not a scientifically proven cause of nearsightedness, studies have shown that having children simply go outside can greatly reduce the chance of nearsightedness and other vision problems, or at least slow their progression. It is important for kids to take a break from electronic devices especially, and to rest their eyes after extensive time reading. Getting outside allows them to do just that, encourages exercise, and helps with overall health. It’s important that they wear sunglasses while outside, though, to protect their vision from harmful UV.
Signs that there may be a problem:
Common symptoms of vision problems or vision-related learning disabilities are headaches, eye strain, blurred or double vision, crossed eyes, short attention spans during reading, turning or tilting of the head to only use one eye when reading, reading with head very close to the book, excessive blinking and rubbing of the eyes, losing place frequently when reading, poor comprehension or retention, omitting or repeating words while reading, and poor hand-eye coordination. These do not always mean that there is a problem, but they are an indication that your child should get their eyes checked. Just remember, a vision problem does not mean your child has a learning disability. Color blindness, difficulty focusing the eyes when reading, refractive errors, and perception problems can slow learning, but with the proper treatment, your child should be fine!
Picking children’s eyewear:
There are lots of options now in children’s eyewear that are both durable and cute, and will appeal to children. Getting your child to wear the glasses can be a big battle, though. If your child needs eyeglasses, involve them in the process of choosing them. If your child helps to pick the frames, he or she will be much more motivated to actually wear the glasses. You can encourage them during the process by reminding them of how these glasses will make things better, for example: “You’ll be able to see the ball so much better when you play with your friends.” Make sure the glasses are comfortable!
Good Looks Eyewear in Pittsburgh and Cranberry offers comprehensive and routine eye exams, eye care, and collections of children’s eyewear. Come by for an eye exam and check out our selections of frames!