An Eye Problem? It Could Be One Of These Common Eye Conditions.
Common eye conditions and vision problems present themselves with any number of telltale signs and symptoms, any of which should lead you to seek out the advice of an eyecare professional. Your eyes – and your eye health – are too important for you to be ignoring such symptoms as:
- Blurry vision
- Poor night vision
- Dry eyes
- Neck and shoulder pain
- Problems reading
- Eye stress and strain, tired eyes
- Difficulty focusing on objects at distance
- Difficulty focusing on objects that are near
- Poor visual acuity (clear, sharp vision), even in broad daylight
- Increase in the frequency or severity of headaches.
In children, these signs present themselves as:
- Sitting close to the television set
- Holding objects up very close to the face
- Having trouble seeing the blackboard at school.
Regular eyecare – and a regular eye exam – are essential to your eye health. Below is a list of common eye conditions along with a brief description of each. We invite you to investigate further if you or someone you love is exhibiting signs of an eye problem such as:
- Amblyopia: Sometimes called "lazy eye" in young children, this presents as reduced vision in one eye due to poor transmission of information between that eye, and the brain.
- Astigmatism: Marked by blurred or "stretched out" vision and affects vision at all distances
- Color Deficiency: Commonly called "color blindness", this condition is marked by an inability to distinguish certain colors – typically shades of red or green.
- Computer Vision Syndrome: Described by the American Optometric Association as group of eye and vision-related problems associated with prolonged computer use. Symptoms include eye strain, headaches, blurred vision, dry eyes and neck and shoulder pain.
- Hyperopia: Another term for "far sighted." Objects in the distance are clear while objects close up appear blurry or hazy.
- Myopia: A condition where distant objects appear less clearly and those objects up close are seen clearly. Also commonly referred to as "nearsighted."
- Photophobia: Marked by sensitivity to light resulting in discomfort or pain.
- Presbyopia: Different from being "far sighted" in that objects "up close" are so out of focus, you either squint or find yourself holding items at arm's length to be able to focus on them.
- Strabismus: Sometimes called "squint" in young children, this condition is really a lack of coordination between the eyes, such as one or both eyes turning in, out, up or down. This condition could be corrected with surgery or prismatic lenses that train the exterior muscles of the eyes to work together properly.