Good eyesight is often taken for granted until problems arise.
Children notice that they can't see the blackboard or have
trouble reading books because the print is blurred; adults
often notice that they need glasses when the road signs get
harder to read...
you turn 40, small print only comes into focus when you
move it away .... and soon your arms won't reach far enough to
correct the problem.
These are all common and easily correctable
changes in normal vision and occur in healthy eyes. A regular
annual visit to an eye care specialist can identify the problem
and a prescription from your eye doctor for contact lenses
or bifocal glasses will usually take care of it.
While most people find prescription glasses or contact lenses
to be a good solution to poor vision, there are now surgeries
that are used to correct lazy
eye, crossed eyes, wandering eyes, eye turns, double
vision, strabismus, esotropia
(a turning of one or both eyes) or exotropia and other vision problems.
More serious eye problems like cataracts,
detached retinas and glaucoma
can result in loss of vision if they are not diagnosed and
treated. There are the problems caused by allergies and overwork
that affect eyes and cause irritation that can affect vision.
Some diseases, such as conjunctivitis,target the tissue around the eyes and is most common in young
The good news is that most eye diseases are curable. Even
degeneration is now treatable with experimental drugs
that either cure or lesson the effects of the disease which,
not too long ago, might have eventually led to total blindness.
At any age, your eyes can benefit from a good diet that includes anti-inflammatory agents such as Omega 3's (commonly found in oily fish and cooking oils), as well as lutein for preventing macular degeneration (found in spinach, kale, broccoli, corn and peas) and antioxidants such as Vitamin C and Vitamin E.
Also -- don't forget what mom probably told you! - Vitamin A found in carrots or sweet potatoes can help protect the surface of the eye, mucous membranes and skin, and act as a barrier against the risk of infection.
More about eye care and related diseases around the Web:
Optometrists Network - Started in 1996 when its flagship
web site vision3d.com
went online, this vision centered site has a great referral
service, plenty of good information and the vision3D section
provides first class eye exercises to strengthen
vision. The children's
eye care section is also an excellent resource...
All About Vision - You'll find plenty of up to date information on
eye conditions, eye anatomy, surgical procedures and specialties,
a doctor locator and news section. Links to the most common
conditions - Blepharitis, Cataracts and Myopia are highlighted
but just about any condition from A to Z is covered. Articles
on the latest treatments for adult and childhood vision problems
are clear and easy to understand.