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Common Eye Problems and Common Eye Diseases

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									Common Eye Problems

Your eyes are one of the most delicate organs in the body, as well as the most precious of our
senses. It is hard to imagine any human existence without the gift of sight. It is this gift that has
guided our evolution and advancement, both as species and as civilizations. Recollect any of
your fondest memories - chances are, they had largely to do with your sense of sight. Whether it
is captivating scenery, a beautiful face, or a breathtaking work of art - all would be impossible
without the gift of sight made possible through the eyes.



Because the eyes are so delicate, they often tend to get inflicted with different problems and
diseases. Common eye problems can range from poor eyesight to glaucoma, twitching, swollen
eyes, etc. Let's take a deeper look at some common eye problems:



1. Twitching, Itching

Twitching eyes are very common and almost everybody has been afflicted with this eye problem
at one point of time or the other. Common causes of eye twitching are excessive caffeine
consumption, stress, an anxiety attack, or fatigue.



Itching of the eyes usually occurs due to the presence of some irritant in the eye. But it can also
occur due to conditions such as Pink Eye Syndrome or Dry Eye Syndrome (in which the tear
ducts fail to keep the eyes lubricated). Allergies can also cause eye itching.



2. Spots and Blurry Vision

If you see spots before your eyes, it may be the precursor or early symptom of some serious
medical conditions such as diabetes or even a stroke. Of course, many a times, this is caused due
to fatigue and stress alone, but if this condition keeps on reoccurring, you should seek medical
attention.



Blurry vision is usually caused due to vision problems - nearsightedness or farsightedness. It can
also be caused due to migraines or conditions like glaucoma. Blurry vision can typically be
corrected by using appropriate lenses/glasses. If it is caused due to migraines, glaucoma or Dry
Eye Syndrome, then you will need to take medication for these conditions.



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3. Age Related Eye Problems

The eyes function continuously throughout all our waking hours for much of our lives. With age,
the muscles that control the eyes become weak, leading to several age related eye problems.
These may range from glaucoma, cataracts, and presbyopia. Most of these conditions can be
treated nowadays.



4. Other Common Eye Problems

There are several other common eye problems, ranging from non-threatening and easily curable
to those that can cost you your eyesight. Color blindness, for example, is very common vision
problem that is non-threatening. A color blind person is unable to differentiate between primary
colors. At most, color blindness may exclude a sufferer from a few activities such as driving, etc.



Ophthalmology - the field of medicine associated with treating eye problems - has advanced
tremendously over the past few decades. Today there are cures for all major eye problems, and
scientists have even been working on a cure for blindness.




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