Have you ever experienced unpleasant sensations such as swelling, itching and redness in your eyes? In normal circumstances, a good rest and sound sleep can easily restore vision. But there are some vital signs that one should never ignore. Listed here are 12 symptoms that you should pay attention to, and consult a general practitioner if you notice it because some may be an early warning signs for heart attack or stroke.
This is a fairly common phenomenon among people who wear contact lenses and it may be a sign of a corneal infection. Even small eye injuries caused by wearing contact lenses can lead to such an infection and then develop into a corneal ulcer. People who wear lenses with an expired shelf-life or daily contact lenses for a long time including overnight are particularly at risk.
Myopia isn’t the only reason for blurred vision. It can also be a sign of diabetes. When in addition to blurred vision you notice glares and halos around the light sources, this may indicate cataracts, a partial or complete opacification of the lens of the eye.
The causes of red eyes may be insufficient sleep, prolonged work or exposure to wind or sun. If the eyes redden without a particular reason, it may signify such diseases as increased intraocular pressure (glaucoma), high intracranial pressure and diabetes. If the eye stays red for a long time, you will need to visit a doctor as soon as possible.
Dry eyes cause discomfort and itching. Rubbing the eyes then cause damages the delicate skin around them. This leads to the sagging of the eyelid and wrinkles, which also increases the effect of air making the eyes even drier. The most common cause of eye itching is seasonal allergy. If the excessive dryness is accompanied by an increased sensitivity to light, this may indicate the Jagran Syndrome, a rare immune system disorder.
Such floaters are particularly visible against the background of clear skies, dazzling snow, or a well-lit white wall. From time to time, we may experience such symptoms. However a sharp increase in their number should be alarming as this may be a sign of a retinal tear or detachment.
This is a consequence of fatigue and lack of sleep. It is often mistaken for a sign of infection. Such a symptom can also appear in heavy eye drops user with a whitening effect. Using such eye drop can do more harm than good in a long term.
Some people may notice a yellowish area or a bump on the eye white called Pinguecula. This is a sign of ageing of the eye and more commonly found elderly people. The development of the disease is provoked by UV rays. Hence, most often pinguecula appears when people spend a lot of time in the sun. This is just as similar to the callus on the skin. They also occur with systemic irritation from winds, dust and smoke. Nevertheless, pinguecula is a weak growth that doesn’t affect the vision.
It sounds a bit paradoxical, but spontaneous tears can be a sign of a dry eye. This is because the eye is trying to make up for the lack of moisture. Such phenomenon is common among those who spent a lot of time at the computer or in front of the TV. You could suddenly experience difficulty to close one eye and control the lacrimation, which is a symptom of paralysis of the nerve that controls the face muscles. It can also be a complication of a viral infection.
These symptoms may indicate poor cerebral circulation. However as a rule, the dots will keep appearing and disappearing from the visual field, indicating the opacity (destruction) of the vitreous humour. The most common cause is the general aging of the body. However people with metabolic disorders like diabetes, vascular disorders and diet fans are at risk.
If from time to time you notice an image disappearing from certain areas of your visual field, it is the sign of an eye migraine. It can be accompanied by headaches due to cerebral circulatory disorders. The eye migraine is a harmless disorder. There is no precise explanation of its occurrence, and there are also no methods of treatment available.
Most often it’s a sign of aging which isn’t serious. But if you’re far from the retirement age and have a white circle around the iris, it can signify high cholesterol and triglyceride levels. In other words, it could also mean an increased risk of a heart attack or stroke. Therefore, it’s better to consult a doctor in this case.
Most often the cause lies in the decrease of the functionality of the liver and bile ducts. Yellowness may become the main symptom of hepatitis. All in all, keep in mind that self-treatment can do more harm than good, so always consult a doctor before starting to take any medicines.