Common Eye Ailments and Their Symptoms

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eye floaters and flashesMost people suffer from eye problems at least once in their life. Our eyes are complex organs, and you can experience many different symptoms for different ailments. Here are some common eye problems, their symptoms, and how to make yourself feel better.

Eye strain
Those who read for hours, spend all day on a computer, or watch television for hours on end are prone to eye strain because their eyes are being overused. The symptoms include a tight feeling, seeing dark spots, a migraine, and tense neck muscles. If you experience eye strain at work, a good trick is to close your eyes for 20 seconds periodically to give them the rest they need. Typically, eye strain goes away on its own but if it has been a couple days with no relief, contact a doctor.

Cross eyed
It is easy to feel cross eyed if you have been reading a book or something up close for a while. However, if your eyes are not permanently aligned with each other, you could suffer from strabismus. Being cross eyed will not go away on its own, and you will need to see an eye specialist to correct it via surgery.

Eye floaters and flashes
You may sometimes experience eye floaters and flashes in your eye, which represents the vitreous gel pulling away from your retina. Experiencing this once in a while is normal and can be expected as you age, but if you have floaters that don’t go away it could be a symptom of a more serious eye disease. One example is retinal detachment, which is more common in Caucasian males over 40. The best treatment of floaters is a vitrectomy surgery, which the vitreous gel is surgically removed and replaced with a sterile clear fluid.

Macular degeneration
Macular degeneration is when you lose vision in the center of your eye, and is the leading factor in vision loss across the nation. As of right now, this is an incurable eye disease that is characterized by blurred vision, straight lines appearing wavy, the inability to see dim light, and/or seeing spots. If you experience any of these symptoms, make sure to meet with your doctor right away; there are treatments available to slow down the progression of the disease.

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