Our eyes are an important part of our daily lives and they can be affected by various eye diseases and eye disorders. Eye disorders generally mean that something in your eye is out of order and is different than what is considered standard or normal. In most cases an eye disorder will not damage your eye but it may cause other side effects in your everyday life.
The following are 5 eye disorders you may experience in your life that are worth visiting your eye doctor about:
- Astigmatism – About a quarter of the population is affected by the eye disorder astigmatism and some may not even know it! Astigmatism of the eye occurs when light from objects is not correctly focused on to the retina causing an error. Astigmatism can cause blurred vision in individuals and make it hard to see details both close up and from a distance.
- Color Blindness – People who suffer from being color-blind can still see but are unable to distinguish between different colors such as purple and blue. Unfortunately this eye disorder cannot be fixed as the individual inherits it.
- Myopia – Often times the eye disorder myopia is called “nearsighted” or “short-signed”. This can be detected by your eye doctor and is treatable with eyeglasses.
- Strabismus – This eye disorder is often referred to as being “crossed eyed” where the eyes do not line up correctly to look directly at something or someone. Often time strabismus will disappear in children or it can be corrected by having eye surgery.
- Watery Eyes – At some point or another many of us have experienced watery eyes, which can be caused by a variety of eye disorders. For example, a very common cause of watery eyes is spending too much time on the computer. Other causes of watery eyes can include ingrown eyelashes or blocked tear ducts to name a few. Many of the causes of watery eyes are preventable and fixable!
There are a variety of eye disorders that can affect your vision and create unnecessary eye problems in your life. If you are experiencing an eye disorder ensure you visit your eye doctor to determine the proper method of care and how to proceed fixing your affected vision.
If your vision has been affected or if you require eye care visit Dr. Charles Breen, ophthalmologist, at 7370 Turfway Rd. 3rd Floor, St. Elizabeth Medical Office Building, Florence, KY 41042.
This article is provided as an information resource and is not intended to replace advice from a qualified ophthalmologist. In all cases, contact your ophthalmologist for advice on any matter referenced in this document before making any decisions.