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“EYES THE TRUE MIRROR OF YOU” can tell a lot about you general health, some of these symptoms are not always visible. If you are due for an eye exam or you think you have any of these conditions, please contact Heritage Sight Optical.

Hyperopia:

(Farsightedness) is a common vision
condition in which you can see distant objects clearly, but objects nearby may be blurry. The degree of your farsightedness influences your
focusing ability, usually is present at birth and tends to run in families. You can easily correct this condition with eyeglasses, contact lenses or surgery.

Myopia:

(Nearsightedness) is a common vision
condition in which you can see objects near to you clearly, but objects farther away are blurry.
It occurs when your eyeball is too long or the cornea too curved, causing images to focus in front of the retina. Myopia can be corrected with eyeglasses, contact lenses or surgery.

Presbyopia:

is when your eyes gradually lose the ability to see things clearly up close. As this is a
normal part of aging, people may start to notice its effects shortly after age 40. Presbyopia can be corrected with eyeglasses, contact lenses or surgery.

Astigmatism:

is an imperfection in the curvature of your eye’s cornea or lens. Light rays aren’t
refracted properly due to the uneven curve. With astigmatism, you have blurred or distorted vision at near and far distances.
Glasses or contact lenses correct astigmatism by compensating for uneven curves in your corne and lens.

Dry Eyes Syndrome:

DES usually affect both eyes, may include: stinging, burning or scratchy sensation in your eyes, stringy mucus in or around your eyes, sensitivity to light, eye redness and a sensation of having something in your eyes.  Dry eyes are caused by a variety of reasons that disrupt the healthy tear film. Your tear film has three layers: fatty oils, aqueous fluid and mucus. This combination normally keeps the surface of your eyes lubricated, smooth and clear. Problems with any of these layers can cause dry eyes. Reasons for tear film dysfunction are many, including hormone changes, autoimmune disease, inflamed eyelid glands, laser eye surgery or allergic eye disease.

Blepharitis:

is inflammation of the eyelids. Blepharitis usually affects both eyes along the edges of the eyelids. Blepharitis commonly occurs when tiny oil glands near the base of the eyelashes become clogged, causing irritation and redness. symptoms are typically worse in the morning. They include: watery eyes, red eyes, gritty, burning or stinging sensation in the eyes, eyelids that appear greasy, itchy eyelids, red, swollen eyelids, flaking of the skin around the eyes, crusted eyelashes, eyelid sticking, sensitivity to light, blurred vision that usually improves with blinking.

Cataracts:

is a clouding of the normally clear lens of your eye. Most cataracts develop when aging, injury or: diabetes, excessive exposure to sunlight, smoking, high blood pressure, prolonged use of corticosteroid medications. Symptoms of cataracts include: clouded, blurred or dim vision, increasing difficulty with vision at night, sensitivity to light and glare, need for brighter light for reading and other activities, seeing “halos” around lights, frequent changes in eyeglass or contact lens prescription, double vision in a single eye. 

Eye Floaters:

are spots in your vision. They may look to you like black or gray specks, strings, or cobwebs that drift about when you move your eyes, Most eye floaters are caused by age-related changes that occur as the jelly-like substance (vitreous) inside your eyes becomes more liquid. Eye floaters may be caused by the normal aging process or as a result from other diseases or conditions like: Retinal Bleeding, Retinal Detachment, Posterior Vitreous Detachment (PVD).

Conjuntivitis (Pink Eye):

an inflammation of the transparent covering of the eye because of bacterial or viral infection or allergic reaction. The most common symptoms include: red eye, irritation, itching, and a sensation of the presence of a foreign particle in the eye, watering eyes or discharge from eyes that is yellow or green in color, severe discharge in the night that makes opening the eyes difficult in the morning, light sensitivity, eyelid edema (in severe cases), blurred vision. Most cases of conjunctivitis get better on their own without any treatment. Self-care practices can provide symptom relief. Sometimes, medication may be required.

 

Glaucoma:

is a group of eye conditions that damage the optic nerve, the health of which is vital for good vision. This damage is often caused by an abnormally high pressure in your eye. Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness for people over the age of 60. Initially the condition remains asymptomatic but the gradual progression may lead to symptoms such as: loss of peripheral or side vision, seeing halos around lights and glare in bright light, redness in the eye, eye pain, narrow or tunnel vision or vision loss. Intraocular pressure can be reduced by increasing the drainage of aqueous humor or reducing its production through medications.

Chalazion:

A cyst or small lump or swelling which develops in the eyelid as a result of blockage in a gland. A chalazion is not a stye, but it can form because of a stye. Styes are bacterial infections that cause the gland to swell. Styes can be painful. A chalazion generally isn’t painful and appears farther back on the eyelid. Symptoms include: painless swelling of the eyelid, increased rate of tear production, conjunctiva the membrane which covers the front surface of the eye and inner surface of the eyelid becomes red, mild tenderness of the eyelid. Some additional causes are: Rosacea, Chronic Blepharitis, Seborrheic Dermatitis, Tuberculosis.

Macular Degeneration (AMD):

is a common eye disorder among people over 50. It causes blurred or reduced central vision, due to thinning of the macula resulting in: wavy or blurred vision, visual distortion, loss of central vision, with dark or blurry spots in the middle of vision, change in the perception of color or trouble recognizing faces. A number of eye examinations may be done to diagnose macular degeneration. There is no permanent cure for macular degeneration.