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A guide to eye health

Posted by Eunice

This article elaborates ates on everything that you need to know about eye care and eye conditions

Taking care of the eye

Vitamins for eye health

Vitamin C found in fruits and vegetables such as oranges, strawberries, and broccoli can reduce glaucoma pressure, slow down muscular degeneration and reduces the risk of developing cataracts.

Deficiency in Vitamin A, found in carrots, liver and sweet potatoes can lead to blindness, corneal blindness, cataracts, and night blindness.

Vitamin E, found in nuts like almonds, and hazelnuts prevents against cataract.

Taking care of the eye

Eye tests

Regular eye tests can prevent loss of sight by detecting eye conditions before they can cause loss of sight. Eye test also look out for general health conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure which also affect the eye.

Eyes should be examined by an optician (optometrist) every two years. An eye test should take about thirty minutes and can be obtained at a certified optician's office.

Eye conditions

Acanthamoeba Keratitis

Caused by poor contact lens hygiene

Eye twitching (Blepharospasm)

A blinking disorder which can be very irritating, often caused by stress, high caffeine levels, pink eye, fatigue and nervous system disorders.

Eye twitching may be experienced in one or both eyes, or under the eye.

Experts recommend resting and reducing causes of stress for mild eye twitching, and Botox and eye surgeries for severe eye twitching.

Stye eye infection

An infection due to blockage in the hair follicle of an eyelash that results in a small bump inside or outside the eye.

An eye stye usually matures and heals in less than a week.

Conjunctivitis

Also known as pink eye, the mucus membrane lining the inside of your eye experiences inflammation or swelling.

Conjunctivitis is the most common eye problem in school going children and is also highly contagious.

There are numerous types of conjunctivitis, caused by chemicals, virus, bacteria and allergens, among others.

Most common symptoms include: redness, itchiness, blurred vision, sensitivity to light, excessive tearing and discharge from the eyes that form a crust.

Experts recommend taking antibiotic eye drops or ointments, which usually cannot be purchased over the counter.

Cataracts

This is the most common eye problem that causes blindness in people older than fifty.

The eye lens become clouded and blurred, preventing the eye from seeing clearly. In severe cases, patients require surgery to partially or completely restore vision.

Dry eye syndrome

This is a common eye problem, the eyes feel dry and scratchy because of the inability of tear ducts to produce the right quality and/or quantity of tears.

If not treated effectively, dry eye syndrome can weaken vision and cause eye infections.

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