10 Common Eye Injuries and Treatment

If you have ever been poked in the eye, suf­fered blunt eye trau­ma, or a bruised eye­ball you already know that a com­mon eye injury can cause a lot of pain. It is best to take great care of your eye health, and good vision dur­ing every stage of life. How­ev­er, if you are like most peo­ple your eye health can take a low­er pri­or­i­ty than it deserves. Pay atten­tion to your eyes, and use this guide to help pre­vent the 10 most com­mon eye injuries.  The most com­mon types of eye injuries include:  Punc­tured eye­ball Nail in eye Scle­ra abra­sion Scratched white part of eye Scratch on the eye Chem­i­cal burn Pen­e­trat­ing objects Swelling Bruis­ing (black eye) Bleed­ing (eye hem­or­rhages) Trau­ma Inflam­ma­tion 10 Com­mon Eye Injuries and Treat­ment  If you have an eye injury and are wor­ried that it could cause per­ma­nent dam­age to your eyes and vision, do not wait to con­tact Dia­mond Vision. You can talk to an eye spe­cial­ist imme­di­ate­ly about your eye injury, and get the answers to your ques­tions about treat­ments that work for you. Pen­e­trat­ing objects If you expe­ri­ence an eye trau­ma, and met­al, wood, or anoth­er sub­stance becomes trapped in the eye area, you may also sus­tain an eye injury. If it is pos­si­ble to remove the sub­stance from your eye, and seek help, do so imme­di­ate­ly after com­ing in con­tact with the object. If you are able to pro­tect your eye area con­tin­ue to shield the area while you seek help.

Novem­ber 11th, 2019|Dia­mond Vision|

What is Amblyopia (Lazy Eye): Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment

Ambly­opia in adults and chil­dren is com­mon. How­ev­er, this type of mis­align­ment also known as “lazy eye” can take your vision, and harm your self-esteem. Caused by a break­down in essen­tial mus­cle, and nerve tis­sue asso­ci­at­ed with the eyes, ambly­opia can also result from a loss of con­nec­tiv­i­ty between the brain and eyes. When the symp­toms of ambly­opia start to show in adults one eye becomes lazy or has a ten­den­cy to wan­der inward or out­ward inde­pen­dent­ly of the oth­er eye. This type of unpre­dictable eye move­ment is also com­mon in chil­dren. Ambly­opia in chil­dren usu­al­ly devel­ops dur­ing the ear­ly stages of life (from birth to 7 years of age). While the rea­sons for devel­op­ing a lazy eye can include genet­ics, overuse, or strain, the most com­mon symp­toms of ambly­opia usu­al­ly occur due to dam­age of essen­tial mus­cle, and nerve tis­sues. Ambly­opia in adults and chil­dren usu­al­ly affects only one eye, and for this rea­son, many peo­ple sim­ply refer to ambly­opia as “lazy eye.” Chil­dren are com­mon­ly affect­ed by ambly­opia as it is the lead­ing cause of vision loss in chil­dren thus, pre­ven­tion is the key to reduc­ing the risk of lazy eye. If you or your child has symp­toms of lazy eye — nev­er fear. Regard­less of what caus­es lazy eye, there is a range of symp­toms that can be treat­ed eas­i­ly. If you require ambly­opia treat­ment or know some­one who does, learn­ing more about the many ambly­opia caus­es can help you get the right type of ther­a­py. How

Octo­ber 11th, 2019|Eye health|

How to Treat a Black Eye

If you are look­ing for the fastest way to get rid of a black eye, you may be scram­bling around search­ing for some­thing to mask the bruise and ease the pain. You are not alone if you want to find a black eye treat­ment that works quick­ly and effec­tive­ly.   What is the Best Bruised Eye Treat­ment? Swollen black eyes not only hurt, but they can also cause you to cov­er up the bruis­es quick­ly. If you are look­ing for a bruised eye treat­ment, you may need to face the fact that black eyes are gen­er­al­ly just a minor bruise. Able to heal on their own in three to five days, small bro­ken blood ves­sels in the eye area also cause skin dis­col­oration along with swelling and puffi­ness.  A How-To Rem­e­dy for Black Eyes: Sim­ple 5‑Step Guide Cool the area  Icing the area where you have bruis­ing can help reduce pain, inflam­ma­tion, and swelling. Apply a cold com­press soon after the injury, and when­ev­er you feel the need to reduce pain to elim­i­nate swelling, dis­col­oration, and dam­age where swollen black eyes need it most. Apply ice for 15 min­utes at a time every hour for the first 24 hours, then as need­ed 3 ‑5 times dai­ly.  Heat the area After your swollen black eyes begin the heal­ing process, you can apply a warm com­press to the area three to five times a day to reduce swelling, and sta­bi­lize the dam­age. NOTE: Use gen­tle pres­sure and nev­er push against your eye. 

Sep­tem­ber 20th, 2019|Eye Care, Eye health|

Freckles in the Eyes

An eye freck­le is a nat­ur­al mark that can take on a per­son­al­i­ty of its own. How­ev­er, there are times when eye freck­les could be the sign of some­thing more seri­ous. An iris freck­le, moles on the eye­ball, and oth­er hyper­pig­men­ta­tion spots on the eye should be checked by a doc­tor. While freck­les are usu­al­ly noth­ing to fear, it is impor­tant to pay atten­tion to the warn­ing signs that the eye freck­le is more than just a beau­ty mark. Here is what you need to know about eye freck­les, and how to reduce the health risks. What Are Eye Freck­les?  Fair­ly com­mon, and essen­tial­ly not seri­ous eye freck­les can occur for many rea­sons. How­ev­er, if you have an eye freck­le it could devel­op into a more seri­ous health con­cern known as melanoma. This is rare, but poten­tial­ly dan­ger­ous to your over­all health even if the risk is only in your eye.  Talk to your oph­thal­mol­o­gist about dis­col­orations in your eyes includ­ing moles, hyper­pig­men­ta­tion, and eye freck­les. Often­times, harm­ful freck­les can be pre­vent­ed by iden­ti­fy­ing risk fac­tors and reduc­ing any type of health prob­lems asso­ci­at­ed with your lifestyle. What Caus­es Eye Freck­les?  Eye freck­les occur for a vari­ety of rea­sons. Some peo­ple notice that they have an eye freck­le, but do not know what caused it, or how to pre­vent more freck­les in their eyes.  Pos­i­tive fam­i­ly his­to­ry Depend­ing on your race, med­ical his­to­ry, and your fam­i­ly genet­ics you could be at a greater risk of devel­op­ing eye freck­les. Gen­er­al­ly, peo­ple

Sep­tem­ber 11th, 2019|Eye Care, Eye health|

Why Does My Eye Twitch?

Eye­lid twitch­ing, or eye­lid spas­ming, is some­thing of a med­ical mys­tery. No one is cer­tain why this con­di­tion, med­ical­ly known as ble­pharospasm, can go from occa­sion­al to chron­ic. It’s often a symp­tom of anoth­er under­ly­ing med­ical prob­lem. What’s Going On With This Eye­lid Twitch­ing? Stress, fatigue, caf­feine, and alco­hol are com­mon caus­es of eye twitch­ing. Cer­tain med­ica­tions and irri­tants like pol­lu­tion, dan­der, dust, and aller­gens can also trig­ger this. The con­di­tion also seems to run in cer­tain fam­i­lies and may be genet­ic in some cas­es. While occa­sion­al eye­lid twitch­ing is nor­mal, ongo­ing and severe twitch­es are a bit of a med­ical mys­tery. If twitch­ing turns into non­stop blink­ing, the eyes become more sen­si­tive to light and vision gets blurred. Twitch­es are pain­less but when they last for sev­er­al hours, the entire face might start spas­ming or the upper eye­lid may droop. Call a physi­cian if this hap­pens, or if twitch­ing per­sists for a week. Com­mon caus­es for per­sis­tent twitch­ing include: • Inflam­ma­tion in the eye­lids (ble­phar­i­tis) • Con­junc­tivi­tis (pink eye) • Dry eye • Eyes that are sen­si­tive to light Rarely, per­sis­tent eye­lid twitch­ing is a sign for more seri­ous prob­lems includ­ing such as: • Tourette’s syn­drome, a neu­ro­log­i­cal dis­or­der that pro­duces repet­i­tive invol­un­tary move­ments and vocal­iza­tions • Parkinson’s Dis­ease, caused by the brain pro­duc­ing less dopamine that con­trols move­ment • Bell’s Pal­sy, which occurs when mus­cles on one side of the face are weak­ened • Dys­to­nia, a con­di­tion relat­ed to Parkinson’s in which cer­tain mus­cles con­tin­u­ous­ly and uncon­trol­lably con­tract Some­times

August 20th, 2019|Uncat­e­go­rized|

How To Get Rid Of Red Eyelids

Have you ever expe­ri­enced a sore eye­lid or dry, itchy eye­lids that didn’t go away after warm com­press­es, show­er­ing, or care­ful­ly wash­ing the area? If so, you aren’t alone. This con­di­tion, called ble­phar­i­tis, is one of the most com­mon rea­sons besides vision screen or vision prob­lems that send patients to an optometrist or oph­thal­mol­o­gist.   Ble­phar­i­tis is a Com­mon Eye­lid Infec­tion Among Con­tact Lens­es Wear­ers Ble­phar­i­tis is pret­ty com­mon as far as eye­lid infec­tion goes. It’s caused by bac­te­ria or fun­gi that infect the edges of the eye­lids. It’s not unusu­al to see it in peo­ple who wear con­tact lens­es and touch their eye­lids a lot as they insert and remove them. Its call­ing card, so to speak, is dry skin on an eye­lid that won’t go away.  Peo­ple with dry eye prob­lems often devel­op ble­phar­i­tis. The two are relat­ed and it’s not always clear what came first — the dry eye or ble­phar­i­tis. Both occur when the Mei­bo­mi­an glands, that secrete oil to pre­vent tears from dry­ing up, become blocked or oth­er­wise stop func­tion­ing.  Oth­er peo­ple who are sus­cep­ti­ble to ble­phar­i­tis (regard­less of whether they wear con­tact lens­es or not) include peo­ple who suf­fer from dif­fer­ent types of der­mati­tis that can spread to the face. Ble­phar­i­tis can appear as eczema around the eyes in peo­ple who have the con­di­tion to begin with, as well as those who have rosacea, pso­ri­a­sis, or even dan­druff. It often occurs with pink­eye (con­junc­tivi­tis), which is high­ly con­ta­gious. Ble­phar­i­tis by itself is not con­ta­gious.

5 Causes of Dilated Pupils: What Is Mydriasis?

Most of the time, our eyes show a nor­mal pupil size. Patients under­stand that pupil dila­tion (when pupils become larg­er) occurs in low light and will shrink in bright light. Pupils will return to their nor­mal size in time and with­out treat­ment. But, many patients are under­stand­ably con­cerned when their pupils, or those of a fam­i­ly mem­ber, sud­den­ly enlarge and remain that way. Read on to learn about the caus­es of dilat­ed pupils. Why Do Pupils Dilate and Stay That Way? There are many caus­es for dilat­ed pupils that don’t return to their nor­mal size. They include: Sex­u­al attrac­tion Eye dis­eases Eye or head injury Med­ica­tion use Illic­it drug use Hor­mon­al imbal­ance (e.g. increase in the hor­mone oxy­tocin) Get med­ical help imme­di­ate­ly if you or some­one you are with expe­ri­ences sud­den pupil dila­tion after an acci­dent, or has dilat­ed pupils accom­pa­nied by con­fu­sion. These might be signs of brain injury or stroke. 5 Caus­es of Dilat­ed Pupils Dilat­ed Pupils Might Be a Sign of Sex­u­al Attrac­tion Let’s start with a fun fact: pupil dila­tion that’s not caused by mov­ing to dim lights can be a sign of attrac­tion to some­one near­by.  Oxy­tocin, the “love hor­mone” is one of the caus­es of dilat­ed pupils. So, if you look into the eyes of your spouse or sig­nif­i­cant oth­er dur­ing “alone time” and his or her eyes dilate, that means he or she finds you attrac­tive. For most peo­ple, this is a heart­en­ing sign, right? But like so much in med­i­cine and life,

July 11th, 2019|Eye health|

Vision Changes During Pregnancy

Preg­nant women expect a lot of changes, but few are aware that preg­nan­cy can alter their vision. Only about 15% of women expe­ri­ence notable vision change dur­ing preg­nan­cy. How­ev­er, if you or your part­ner are preg­nant or plan­ning a preg­nan­cy, it’s good to know about this. What Caus­es Vision Changes in Preg­nan­cy? You don’t need us to tell you that preg­nan­cy caus­es enor­mous hor­mone changes. Your vision can change along with weight gain and food crav­ings. Most of the time, vision change dur­ing preg­nan­cy is tem­po­rary. Dry eyes are prob­a­bly the most com­mon since preg­nant women often retain water. They can be more prob­lem­at­ic dur­ing the autumn and spring aller­gy sea­sons so it may be a good idea to take out the con­tact lens­es and wear glass­es instead. Oth­er­wise, arti­fi­cial tears or eye drops can ease dry eye, espe­cial­ly for women who strong­ly pre­fer con­tact lens­es. Oth­er preg­nant women may find their eye­sight is a lit­tle blur­ry or oth­er­wise a bit weak­er. For this rea­son, they should hold off on get­ting a new eye­glass or con­tact lens pre­scrip­tion until after deliv­ery. (But it’s per­fect­ly fine to cel­e­brate with a new pair of frames!) When to Report Blurred Vision While Preg­nant Most of the time, blurred vision in preg­nan­cy is noth­ing to wor­ry about. How­ev­er, there are rea­sons to men­tion it to your obste­tri­cian. It can be a sign of unusu­al­ly high blood pres­sure. Preg­nan­cy will cause blood pres­sure to rise. For some women it can get too high, a con­di­tion

June 20th, 2019|Preg­nan­cy|

Loss of Peripheral Vision — Causes and Treatment

Periph­er­al vision refers to the abil­i­ty to see objects around you with­out turn­ing your head, “in the cor­ner of the eye.” Loss of periph­er­al vision is when this abil­i­ty goes away. It’s often referred to as tun­nel vision. What Caus­es Loss of Periph­er­al Vision? The eye is a high­ly sen­si­tive organ that is sus­cep­ti­ble to dam­age to oth­er parts of the head. Los­ing periph­er­al vision is often a side effect of more seri­ous dis­eases, con­di­tions, and head or eye injury. • Glau­co­ma, the most com­mon cause of blind­ness, is a lead­ing cause of loss of periph­er­al vision as well. It caus­es a buildup of pres­sure and flu­ids that can lead to a stroke inside the eye and dam­age the optic nerve that inter­prets what the eye sees to the brain. Ear­ly detec­tion for glau­co­ma dur­ing rou­tine eye exams can reduce the like­li­hood of los­ing periph­er­al and over­all vision. Peo­ple at risk for glau­co­ma include those with a fam­i­ly his­to­ry of the dis­ease or have dia­betes. African Amer­i­cans and Lati­nos are at high­er risk as they age. Peo­ple who have chron­ic eye inflam­ma­tion and thin­ning corneas are also at risk. Glau­co­ma can be trig­gered by cer­tain med­ica­tions that increase eye pres­sure. • Retini­tis Pig­men­tosa (RP) is an inher­it­ed dis­or­der that affects the reti­na, the part of the eye that sens­es light. Ear­ly signs of RP appear in the teens and include prob­lems see­ing at night and dif­fi­cul­ty iden­ti­fy­ing cer­tain col­ors; loss of periph­er­al vision comes lat­er. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, most peo­ple with RP

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