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8 Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Eyes

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Your eyes are very important in many aspects, and losing your vision can be very difficult to adjust too. So how come when people focus on increasing their health, they neglect their eyes! Taking care of your eyes is a necessity, and even small simple changes can help maintain your vision, while small mistakes can ruin it. Keep reading for 8 things that can ruin your eyes.

 

1. Not Wearing Sunglasses: If you go out somewhere and realize that you’ve forgotten your sunglasses or lost them it’s very important that you go back and get them, or contact your eye doctor to purchase a new pair. Please do not pick up a cheap pair at a drugstore because most lack the proper UV technology to keep your eyes protected and are optically inferior to those provided by your eye doctor. Being outside on a sunny day, especially on a beach, without sunglasses can have devastating effects. Even if you aren’t staring directly at the sun, the rays bounce off of other things such as sand or water and can cause photokeratitis, also known as sun blindness. This is sunburn to your eyes which can result in pain, and temporary vision loss. Also, not protecting your eyes from UVA and UVB rays can increase your risk of cataracts, ultimately leading to vision loss.

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2.Rubbing Your Eyes: When you eyes become irritated, there is a most likely a reason. Rubbing your eyes will only make things worse and increase your chance of infection. Your eyes are designed to heal themselves and get rid of any foreign objects. Try blinking to wash away debris, and if that doesn’t work try eye drops to flush your eyes. If they still feel irritated then contact your eye doctor for professional advice.

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3. Partaking in Sports Without Protective Eyewear: Athletic activities can be a ton of fun, but devastating without the proper protection. Many sports have high numbers of eye related injuries, all of which could be prevented with the proper eyewear. While your facial bones help to protect your eyes, small objects such as a tennis ball can hit you directly in the eye.

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4. DIY Projects Without Goggles: Everyone loves the thrill of completing a DIY home improvement project, but without the proper eyewear these tasks can result in E.R visits. When hammering or cutting up things you are at high risk for debris penetrating your eyes. Always keep a pair of safety goggles at home for these projects.

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5. Exposing Your Contacts to Water:
Whether you are swimming, showering or just relaxing in a hot tub, always avoiding wearing your contacts. Water is home to many types of parasites which could lead to infection and possibly vision loss. Also, never clean your contacts with water.
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6. Wearing Your Contacts too Long: While it may seem tempting to wear your contacts longer than recommended, this could lead to devastating effects. Contacts don’t allow for the proper amount of oxygen to pass through, and after awhile they begin to form a film around them which will completely block the flow of oxygen to your corneas, breaking them down and allowing your eyes to become more susceptible to germs and infections. Always follow the directions on your contacts.

 

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7.  Not Replacing Your Makeup: Eyelashes are home to many germs, causing the spread of them with each swipe of mascara. When you return the brush back into the tube, you are just spreading bacteria and contaminating your makeup. This goes for any type of makeup. Your eyes are very susceptible to infection therefore it’s important to replace your makeup every 3 months to prevent infection.

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8. Not Visiting Your Eye Doctor: Whenever you notice any changes to your eyes it’s important to contact your eye doctor right away! Many things can go wrong with your eyes, and vision loss can happen quickly and sometimes be irreversible. Contact your doctor immediately.
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Bad Eyesight? Here Are Symptoms You Should Never Ignore.

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

While many eye related problems start to appear with age, there are many symptoms that point to a more serious problem and should never be ignored. If you experience any of these you should immediately contact your optometrist or ophthalmologist.

 

1. Tunnel Vision:  Tunnel vision is the common term used to describe the loss of peripheral vision- vision that is outside of the centre of ones gaze. This is usually a sign of glaucoma and should be immediately treated. Glaucoma is caused by pressure due to the build of fluid in the eye, causing damage to the optic nerve. Loss of vision typically starts as an arc above or below the centre of your vision while looking straight ahead. If left untreated the blank area expands. Although damage cannot be repaired, eye drops as well as beta-blockers help to prevent further loss of sight.

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2. Eyelid Bumps: Swelling, lumps or  waxy red lesions are often symptoms of a common skin cancer known as basal cell carcinoma. This typically occurs on the lower and inner corners of your eyelids. Basal cell carcinoma is caused by overexposure to UV radiation caused by the sunlight, therefore it is important to wear sunglasses. There are many treatments available, so contact your eye doctor if you notice any of these symptoms.

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3. Seeing Halos: Seeing halos or rainbows around light is a sign that your eye is not filtering light correctly, causing it to scatter on the cornea or lens. This is often caused by cataracts, a clouding on the lens. Cataracts eventually require surgery and  if left untreated, can lead to blindness. Contact your optician immediately.

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4. Wavy Lines: If you are experiencing distorted central vision, such as seeing wavy lines instead of straight lines, you should see your optician. Distorted vision can indicate macular degeneration, a common disease in people over 60. This condition is caused by damaged blood vessels. Macular Degeneration can cause vision loss very quickly, see an expert immediately.

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5. Flashes of Light: Flashes of light in the corner of the eye indicate the possibility of vitreous detachment. Vitreous refers to the gel-like fluid the fills the eye, connecting to the retina and optic nerve. As people age the vitreous becomes more watery and flexible as it begins to pull away from the retina, causing a disruption to vision. While this is normal, it’s important to call your doctor if you experience a continued pulling sensation. This could be caused by the retina becoming detached, which may lead to vision loss if left untreated.

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6. Light Sensitivity: While squinting in the sun is normal, persistent pain in the eye while looking at light should assessed by your optometrist. This could be a sign of an infection such as conjunctivitis which usually clears up on its own. Light sensitivity could also be a sign of oculomotor damage, which also heals on its own in about 6 weeks.

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7. Struggling to See at Night: The inability to see well in dim lighting is often a sign of retinitis pigmentosa. Retinitis pigmentosa is an inherited disorder which causes the photoreceptors, cells that detect light, to die off. Sight loss progresses slowly over many years. There is currently no treatment.

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Eyelid Disorders: Causes, Symptoms and Treatments

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Eyelid disorders photoEyelids protect our eyes from threats and keep them hydrated to avoid irritation. They are important in keeping the cornea healthy and necessary for overall eye health. Eyelid disorders range from mildly irritating, such as inflammation, to serious diseases such as tumor growths. The eye experts from Beach Eye Medical Group in Huntington Beach and Irvine, California, are well-versed in the diagnosis and management of various eyelid disorders.

Common Eyelid Disorders in Huntington Beach

Chalazion: A chalazion can occur in the upper or lower eyelids and is caused by the obstruction of the meibomian oil gland. The blockage causes the secretions to seep into the surrounding soft tissue, thereby causing the formation of a nodule. Treatment includes application of a warm compress every 4 hours for 15 minutes. If the chalazion is accompanied by blepharitis, an antibiotic may also be prescribed.

Blepharitis: Blepharitis is the inflammation of the eyelids. It is mainly caused by a bacteria called Staphylococcus but can also be from exposure to other irritants. Symptoms include itching, burning, foreign-body sensation, tearing and crusting around the eye. Blepharitis is managed with eyelid scrubs, warm compresses, and topical/optic antibiotics as needed.

Basal Cell Carcinoma: Basal Cell Carcinoma is the most common cause of eyelid tumors. At Beach Eye Medical Group, we help clients determine whether the tumor is benign or malignant at the earliest possible time. Our facilities in Huntington Beach and Irvine are equipped to diagnose and remove tumors. Therefore, if you have any suspicious growths on your eyelids, it is important that you make an appointment at our Huntington Beach or Irvine office as soon as you can.

Entropion: an Entropion happens when the lower eyelid turns inwards and causes the eyelashes to rub against the cornea. This causes irritation that leads to redness and the release of a mucus discharge. Doctors may prescribe eye drops or steroids to reduce the irritation. On the other hand, an Ectropion is a condition wherein the lower eyelid turns outward. This condition exposes the eye to the elements and results in dry eyes, irritation and redness. Eye drops may be given to moisten the eyes. Both conditions may need surgical intervention.

Eyelid Edema: Eyelid Edema is a symptom that may be caused by an allergic reaction to drugs, food, or other allergens or an infection. Swelling of the eyelids may cause the compression of the eyeball and lead to an increased intraocular pressure. It is important to visit qualified professionals such as the physicians at Beach Eye Medical Group in Huntington Beach and Irvine for any eyelid disorders to be able to correctly identify the cause of the edema.

Ptosis: Drooping of the eyelid, known as Ptosis, is another common eyelid disorder. It happens due to a weakness of a muscle called the levator muscle, which is primarily responsible for raising the eyelid. If you experience anything similar to Ptosis, go to a licensed medical professional immediately. While it may just be a sign of aging, it can also be due to a serious disease such as a stroke.

For any concerns regarding your eyelids, be sure to visit the Beach Eye Medical Group in Huntington Beach and Irvine. Our eye experts would be more than happy to accommodate your inquiries and help you manage your eyelid problem.

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