In this column, we shall review some eye conditions and probable solutions.
Causes: reading for long periods, staring to see in dim or dark surroundings driving long distances, exposure to bright lights or glare, activities involving intense focus, being stressed or fatigued.
Common symptoms: Redness of the eye, persistent headache (frontal, temporal), tearing (crying), increased sensitivity to light, eye pain, double vision, blurry vision, eye strain, nausea, difficulty in keeping eyes opened.
Solution: Most times, asthenopia can be treated by making a few changes to your environment and lifestyle. For example, adjusting the light in the environment, practicing smarter screen time (by shifting your eyes to look at an object at least 20 feet away, for 20 seconds, every 20 minutes) etc. You will still need to visit your clinic to ascertain the underlying cause of the asthenopia.
Causes: Persistent near work, physiological orientation of the eyeball, some pathological conditions e.g cataract.
Common symptoms: Inability to see distanced objects (when you can’t see the board from your seat), moving closer to the TV in order to see the images clearly, squinting in order to see well, when you can’t see what is written on signposts, double vision, blurry vision and increased sensitivity to light.
Solution: A visit to your doctor is inevitable, so that the situation can be timely managed.
Causes: physiological orientation of the eyeball.
Common symptoms: Inability to see things that are close such as not seeing a textbook so well, when one finds it difficult to read for a long time, when one develops headache after reading, persistent frontal headaches at night, redness of the eye and if the eyes drops water when reading.
Solution: Increasing the size of your prints if possible is a very smart way of alleviating some of the symptoms of hyperopia. Although, that does not annul the fact that you still need to visit your eye doctor.
Causes: changes in the lens physiology. This is age related and it is common among individuals who are above 39 years.
Common symptoms: Inability to see close objects, can’t see the textbooks so well, difficulty in reading for a long time, headaches after reading, persistent frontal headaches at night, eyes drops water while reading, one cannot insert thread into a needle which was possible before, when one prefers to push things farther away in order to see clearly and when one relies on a very bright light to read the Bible nowadays.
Solution: Moving your prints (text) away from your eyes a bit could improve how well you see; moving the position of your glasses further away from the eyes to the edge of the nose or increasing the intensity of light in the environment if it could be adjusted could improve your vision as well. Although, this does not rescind the fact that you still need to see your eye doctor.