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Published on August 27, 2015

Common Eye Problems

common eye problems

Eye problems can affect us at any age and they range from irritating to disabling. Jacob Reznik MD, an ophthalmologist at PIH Health Eye Care Center, identifies three eye conditions common among adults, along with the steps to alleviate the symptoms.

Dry Eyes

Tear production decreases as we age, especially among post-menopausal women. Dry eyes may also be a result of certain medications or as a consequence of previous refractive eye surgery. Additionally, environmental factors can play a role, such as a windy day or time spent staring at a computer screen. Dry eyes are typically resolved by using over-the-counter eye drops. More serious cases may require a procedure to close your tear ducts or use of special medications.

Eye Twitches

Although it can be quite irritating, an eye twitch is usually not serious and will go away on its own. Eye twitching is not necessarily associated with a cause or condition, and it can be unpredictable. Eye twitching can be affected by:

  • Alcohol, tobacco and caffeine usage
  • Fatigue
  • Stress

See a physician if twitching doesn’t stop after a couple weeks, your eyelid closes completely with each twitch, the spasms spread to other parts of your face or your eyelid begins to turn red or droopy.

Blurry Vision

There are many reasons why your vision might become blurry, including:

  • Inappropriate glasses
  • Diabetic eye disease
  • Cataracts
  • Glaucoma

Macular degeneration is another condition that can cause blurriness in vision. This causes deterioration in the macula, a small area at the center of the retina in the back of the eye that allows us to see fine details clearly. It is most common after age 60, and is sometimes associated with blue eyes, high blood pressure and smoking.

You might notice that:

  • You have trouble adapting to low light levels
  • Printed words are increasingly blurry
  • You can’t recognize faces

Treatments vary depending on the type of macular degeneration you have. If you notice any changes in your vision, be sure to see your physician.

For more information on eye health, call the PIH Health Eye Care Center professionals at 562.694.2500.

The information in Healthy Living Online is for educational purposes only.  It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice.  The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation, or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.

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