Pinder Opticians Shawlands Burnside Glasgow
Pinder Opticians Shawlands Burnside Glasgow
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Eyecare Answers

Short-sightedness

Short-sightedness is a very common eye condition that causes distant objects to appear blurred, while close objects can be seen clearly. Myopia is the medical term for short-sightedness.

Long-sightedness

Long-sightedness, also known as hyperopia, affects a person's ability to see objects close to them. If you are long-sighted, you will usually be able to see distant objects clearly, but nearby objects will be out of focus. Your eyes may also tire easily.

Astigmatism

Astigmatism is a common and usually minor condition of the eye that causes blurred or distorted vision. It occurs when the cornea or lens is not a perfectly curved shape. Most people who wear glasses have astigmatism. If left untreated, astigmatism can also cause:

  • headaches
  • eye strain and fatigue (tiredness) – particularly after doing tasks that involve focusing on something for a long period of time, such as reading or using a computer

Squint

A squint is a condition where the eyes point in different directions. One eye may turn inwards, outwards, upwards or downwards while the other eye looks forward. The medical name for a squint is strabismus. Squints can also cause:

  • blurred vision
  • double vision
  • lazy eye (amblyopia) – when the brain starts to ignore signals coming from the eye with the squint

Cataracts

Cataracts are cloudy patches in the lens that can make vision blurred or misty. They are a very common eye condition.

Cataracts can develop in one or both eyes, and one eye can often be more affected than the other.

The lens is the transparent structure positioned at the front of the eye. It is normally clear and allows light to pass through to the back of the eye. However, if parts of the lens become cloudy (opaque), light is unable to pass through the cloudy patches.

Over time, the cloudy patches become bigger, and more of them develop. As less light is able to pass through the lens, the person’s vision is likely to become blurry or cloudy.

"Congenital" cataracts are present when a baby is born or shortly afterwards The cloudier the lens becomes, the more the person’s sight will be affected.

Glaucoma

Glaucoma occurs when the drainage tubes (trabecular meshwork) within the eye become slightly blocked. This prevents eye fluid (aqueous humour) from draining properly.

When the fluid cannot drain properly, pressure builds up. This is called intraocular pressure. This can damage the optic nerve (which connects the eye to the brain) and the nerve fibres from the retina (the light-sensitive nerve tissue that lines the back of the eye).

Dry eye syndrome

Dry eye syndrome is a common complication of blepharitis. It occurs when your eyes do not make enough tears, or the tears evaporate too quickly. This can lead to the eyes drying out and becoming inflamed (red and swollen).  It causes your eyes to feel dry, gritty and sore or watery.

The skin conditions associated with blepharitis can also affect the quality of your tears. This includes seborrhoeic dermatitis (a condition that causes your skin to become inflamed or flaky) and rosacea (a condition that mainly affects the face).

Eye drops containing ‘tear substitutes’ are usually enough to control dry eye syndrome. These eye drops are available over-the-counter from pharmacists, without a prescription.

Conjunctivitis

Conjunctivitis is an inflammation of the conjunctiva. The conjunctiva is the transparent membrane (thin layer of cells) that covers the white part of the eyeball and the inner surfaces of the eyelids.

Conjunctivitis occurs when bacteria in the eyelid infect the eyes. The condition is not usually serious and should not affect your vision.

Most cases of conjunctivitis are mild and will pass in one to two weeks without the need for treatment. More severe cases of conjunctivitis are more likely in contact lens wearers.

Antibiotic eye-drops may be prescribed if your symptoms persist, or you have repeated infections. However, there is little evidence that antibiotic eye drops resolve the condition any quicker than waiting for it to clear up on its own.

Meibomian cyst

A Meibomian cyst is swelling on the inside of your eyelids. A cyst can develop if one of your Meibomian glands (glands that produce a fatty liquid that protects your eyes) becomes inflamed as a result of blepharitis.

Cysts are normally painless, unless they get infected. In this case, antibiotics may be needed. Applying a hot compress to the cyst should help bring the cyst down, although cysts disappear by themselves. If a cyst does not disappear, it can be removed with a simple surgical procedure carried out under local anaesthetic (painkilling medication).

Styes

A stye is a painful swelling that produces pus and develops on the outside of your eyelid. Styes are caused by a bacterial infection of an eyelash follicle (the base of your eyelash).

A mild stye can be treated by applying a warm compress (a cloth warmed with hot water) to the area. More serious cases can be treated with antibiotic creams and tablets.

Retinal Detachment

The most common cause of retinal detachment is when tiny holes develop inside the retina.The holes allow the fluid found between the retina and the lens of the eye to leak underneath the retina.If too much fluid builds up underneath the retina it can cause the retina to pull away from the blood vessels that supply it with blood. Without a constant blood supply, the nerve cells inside the retina will begin to die.

The main reason for these holes developing is thought to be because the retina becomes narrower and weakened with age.

Childrens Eyes

One way to check your child’s eyes is to cover each eye, one at a time, with your hand. If they try to push your hand away from one eye, but not the other, it may be a sign they they can see better out of one eye.

Another sign is your child having problems with their depth perception. Due to the mismatch between each eye, children with lazy eyes have difficulty judging how far away objects are.

Signs to look out for include:

  • being unusually clumsy for their age, such as running into furniture or falling over a lot
  • problems catching a ball
  • poor performance in sports

Older children may complain that their vision is better in one eye and that they have problems with reading, writing and drawing.

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