Consequences of Ignoring Your Eye Health
We’ve all done it.
You notice a niggling health problem.
Nothing too severe.
A dull but persistent itch or pain somewhere on your body.
The problem irritates you, but isn’t all that disruptive to your daily life.
You can cope with it, so you ignore it in the expectation that it will soon go away.
But what if it doesn’t, and what if it is, in fact, the first sign of something more serious?
The importance of maintaining and cultivating eye health is often overlooked.
Some people tolerate a steady loss of vision, or varying forms of vision impairment, for years before they do anything about it.
That, of course, is a mistake.
As soon as you notice something wrong with your vision, or any problem related to your eyes, you should consult a trained specialist; someone capable of diagnosing the condition swiftly and then treating it with the appropriate medical care and concern.
If you don’t, the consequences for the long-term health of your eyes, and therefore for your general standard of living, could be really serious.
These are some of the conditions that can develop if you neglect your eye health.
Condition 1: Amblyopia
Amblyopia occurs when the eyes aren’t properly aligned, or when one eye has a dramatically different prescription to the other.
In an attempt to realign your visual balance, your brain will quite literally “shut off” the image in your blurry eye.
Left untreated, amblyopia can damage the quality of the affected eye, and lead to long-term vision impairment.
However, if identified quickly, it can be dealt with relatively easy, by patching-up the stronger eye for a while.
Condition 2: Diabetes
Diabetes can provoke blood vessel leaks and even bleeding in the eye, as well as swelling of the macula, which is part of the retina.
This, in turn, can lead to a loss of vision.
According to one estimate, one-third of Americans with diabetes are unaware of their condition.
However, because of the way its symptoms manifest themselves in your eyes, your eye doctor may be able to diagnose the disease before your physician does.
Condition 3: Dry Eye
Dry eye is a common condition that arises when your eyes stop generating enough moisture, or when the moisture they do produce doesn’t have the appropriate chemical composition.
Sometimes it is a response to environmental conditions.
Perhaps you’re spending too much time staring at a television screen or a computer.
Sometime it is symptomatic of deeper problems, such as arthritis or excessive UV exposure.
Either way, dry eye needs to be dealt with promptly, so that it isn’t given a chance to cause greater discomfort or inflict lasting damage on your eyes.
It is often chronic, and can’t cured outright.
But it can be managed with regular application of gels and ointments.
There are, of course, some simple steps you can take in order to protect your eye health well into old age, and avoid falling victim to these conditions.
As with other aspects of your health, a bad diet, full of sugary, fried and fatty foods, will affect the health of your eyes.
A good diet, on the other hand, will do the opposite.
Eating lots of fruit and vegetables, dark greens, and oily, omega-3 rich fish, such as salmon, tuna and mackerel, will be hugely beneficial for your eyes.
Omega-3 supplements can also be useful in helping to complement your a good dietary regime.
Know Your Family History
Find out if there is a history of bad ocular health in your family.
How many members of your family wear glasses, why do they wear glasses, and how many of them have had to have any major operations or treatments as a result of eye-related illnesses or diseases?
Eye conditions can be hereditary, so this information could be vital in making sure that you are protected from the worst consequences of any eye problems that affect your immediate family members.
There is a wide body of evidence out there that suggests that conditions such as glaucoma are linked a to sedentary and inactive lifestyle.
And, according to researchers at the University of Madison, Wisconsin, people who take routine exercise are a full 70 per cent less likely to fall victim to degenerative eye disease such as Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD).
Moreover, healthy active people are much less likely to smoke, a habit that is know to increase your chances of developing both AMD and cataracts by as much as 15 per cent.
Your eye health can’t be neglected.
It is an absolutely integral part of your overall bodily health.
So, stay vigilant for any symptoms of eye disease and follow the advice above in order to maximise the health of your eyes.
Image Optometry is offering cheap eye exams in various locations including Coquitlam centre.
Above all, of course, consult an eye specialist as soon as you think that there might be something wrong. You will never benefit from putting it off.