If you’ve recently been diagnosed with a condition that impairs your vision, or have been suffering from vision impairment for quite some time, you may already be aware that there are several options to choose from in regards to maintaining or correcting your vision. For centuries, glasses have been the go-to treatment for vision impairment, but thanks to modern medicine and technology, contact lenses and laser surgery are now available to help you improve your sight.
Throughout the course of the day, your eyes will produce mucus or rheum, which helps remove waste from your eyes along with other harmful debris. When you blink, you’re able to flush out the mucus before it hardens, but when you’re sleeping, the mucus will accumulate in the corners of your eyes. When you wake in the morning, you may have a bit of crust, or “sleep” in your eyes, which is a combination of all the oil, mucus, and skin cells your eyes have discharged.
Although many associate the Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) with complications of the sexual nature, HSV can also trigger major vision problems -- specifically HSV keratitis. HSV keratitis occurs when the cornea becomes infected as a result of having HSV. Although the infection can sometimes heal on its own without causing permanent damage to vision, more severe cases can lead to blindness. According to the CDC, HSV keratitis is a leading cause of blindness worldwide, which is why it’s important to see your eye doctor on a regular basis if you suffer from HSV.
As you near middle age, you may begin to experience difficulty with reading books, ingredient labels, mobile devices, and other items that feature small print. This type of vision impairment is known as presbyopia, and is commonly diagnosed in Americans between the ages of 40 and 50. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, one in every five Americans wears reading glasses, but now, a new implantable device could correct presbyopia and soon make reading glasses obsolete.
Amblyopia, which is more commonly known as “lazy eye” among most individuals, is an eye condition in which one eye develops good vision, while the other does not. Lazy eye affects roughly three out of every 100 people, and is best treated during infancy or early childhood. When lazy eye is left untreated, the person it affects can go on to experience visual defects in that particular eye, such as problems with depth perception and a lifetime of poor vision.
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