Mysterious Eye: The Marvellous Machinery That Controls Your Sight
Regular visits to an optometrist are an important part of looking after your overall health. Not only will you be able to discover and treat common eyesight issues like short-sightedness, but your optometrist can also spot the early signs of diseases like diabetes, as several health problems cause visible symptoms in the eyes.
Not all diseases have such an obscure link to optometrist checks, however. There are a number of problems specific to the eyes that need to be discovered early, and one of these is glaucoma.
When you're diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, you're probably not thinking about how your sight could be affected. However, when your blood contains a high concentration of glucose, you can develop diabetic retinopathy, which is a serious complication of diabetes. The blood vessels in your retina are damaged by the glucose, and this affects your sight, as the retina is the part of your eye that receives images and sends them to your brain.
If your vision is slowly deteriorating, you may be developing cataracts. Cataracts are diagnosed by a routine eye exam. After diagnosis, you will be referred to an eye specialist for treatment. If you do not receive treatment for your cataracts, the condition can lead to blindness. Below is a brief guide to the causes, symptoms and treatment of cataracts.
The Causes of Cataracts
Cataracts form when proteins within the lens of your eye begin to cluster together.
For seniors, the eyes are a part of the body that need constant attention so that they can keep operating well. If you're in your 60s, then you need to be assertive in keeping your eye vision at its best. Failure to do so will lead to rapid deterioration of your eyesight, and if you're unlucky, you may even go blind. To prevent such incidents, here are some of the best tips to assist you in taking proper care of your eyes.
When a cataract develops, the lens of the affected eye becomes cloudy due to changes to the structure of a protein in the lens. As this protein clumps together, it prevents light from travelling past the lens to the retina. This can cause complete loss of vision if the entire lens is allowed to become opaque. Here's an overview of the three main types of cataracts and the treatment process:
The famous writer Elizabeth Bowen said: "No object is mysterious. The mystery is in your eye." How marvellously true! The eyes are an amazing, intricate piece of machinery that we only appreciate once they stop working. Pages become blurry, objects in the distance become invisible and suddenly the importance of our eyes is highlighted.
As a receptionist at an optometrist's office, I am astounded by the number of clients who only visit once they have developed serious problems. I am always reminding my family and friends to have annual checkups!
I started this blog to outline the ways that optometrists help with preventative eye care as well as rectifying eyesight problems. Please read, and I hope that some of the advice resonates. After all, the mysteries of the world are so much more interesting when seen clearly!
Regular visits to an optometrist are an important …
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