Questions and Answers on Eye Disorders

Eye conditions may affect the eyelids, eyelashes, iris, pupil, lens and the sclera. There are also nerves, muscles and blood vessels that may be affected by a condition.  Most people experience temporary eye problems from time to time, including itching, blurriness or fatigue.  These conditions often are short-lived and resolve on their own with no further complications.  However, sudden eye problems and those that last for more than a couple of days could be signs of a serious condition and should be checked by a doctor.

Some common conditions that can affect the eye include astigmatism, glaucoma, retinopathy and cataracts.  The most common cause of vision loss in people over 50 is age-related macular degeneration (AMD).  AMD is caused by hardening of the arteries of the retina.  This deprives the retinal tissue of the oxygen and nutrients that it needs to function.  As a result, the central vision deteriorates.

The following lifestyle changes can help keep your eyes in good health, and perhaps identify problems early — schedule regular checkups, do daily eye exercises, take a multi-vitamin, eat more dark green leafy vegetables, wear sunglasses with UV protection, quit smoking and exercise regularly.
 

 

12/23/2009 - Questions and Answers

A Twitching Eye

For the last two weeks I have had a twitch in my left eye. It has gotten to the point that it is doing it constantly. Is this something to worry about or will it go away? Read more

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12/21/2009 - Questions and Answers

Lutein for AMD?

My ophthalmologist has recommended Ocuvite to help prevent advancing AMD. Why wasn't any mention made of lutein as being helpful? Read more

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12/21/2009 - Questions and Answers

Sensitive to light

I am extremely sensitive to light, and even shut my eyes sometimes when driving, because they hurt so. Motion disturbs me. My ophthalmologist can find nothing wrong. Read more

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12/21/2009 - Questions and Answers

Flashes & Floaters

I have been seeing silver streaks and silver spots. I tried quitting drinking sugar-containing sodas, but it didn't help. What's the cause? Read more

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09/14/2009 - Questions and Answers

Dry eye problems

Question Recently I've noticed that my eyes have become really dry and itchy. I am a 63-year-old woman. Do the eyes lose the fluid that you normally have when you are young? I also have diabetes. Can that have anything to do with it? What can cause Dry Eyes? Read more

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06/15/2009 - Questions and Answers

Twitching eyelids

Question For about a week now I have had twitching in both of my eyes. I can't tell if it's from the eye or the eyelid. What is wrong with me? It's embarrassing. They aren't closing, they're just twitching. Read more

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09/15/2003 - Questions and Answers

Pink Eyelids?

My 83-year-old mother's eyelids are pink. This started about a month ago and it comes and goes. We haven't been able to think of any foods she's eaten that might cause this. She has high blood pressure for which she takes medicine, and also has a leaking heart valve, but she refused a stress test. Should she see an eye doctor or her family doctor? Read more

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05/20/2003 - Questions and Answers

Strabismus (squint)

When I go outside I have noticed that I squint in one eye. I have always been nearsighted and have one eye that is considered lazy, but that was corrected with eyeglasses. Lately I had to get bifocals. I had some trouble last year with dizziness. Could this be related to my squint? Read more

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