Sore, blurry, out-of-focus, and dry eyes are more common than ever. If you're finding that you're experiencing these symptoms, or even general eye strain, it's not your imagination at work. Here's why you and many others are experiencing much more eye strain than people of generations past.
Onslaught of Screens
There's one big difference between people living in the 1900s, onward to now, and those who came before the 1900s: screens.
Contact lenses are a great alternative if you don't like wearing glasses. Contacts are convenient and easy to use, but it's important to remember that they're medical devices and should be treated as such. Here are some tips to help you care for your contact lenses:
1. Keep your contacts clean.
If you wear contacts, clean them daily with an appropriate cleansing solution. Be sure to read the directions on the box before cleaning your contacts for the first time, since the instructions can vary between brands.
When you find out you have diabetes, you should schedule an appointment with an eye doctor even if you don't wear glasses or have problems with your vision. Diabetes causes changes in your eyes that can lead to vision loss and blindness. Damage can occur without you being aware, but your eye doctor can detect the changes during an examination and suggest treatments, such as laser surgery, that slow vision loss and protect your eyes.
Your glasses have not changed their prescription in twenty years. You have seen just fine with these same prescription lenses all along. Then, all of a sudden, you cannot look at things up close; everything blurs and makes you feel like you are going cross-eyed trying to look at what is right in front of you.
What is going on? Your optometrist cannot find anything really wrong with your eyes, either -- at least not from the usual set of vision tests.
If you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, you are at risk for developing a serious eye disease. Diabetic retinopathy is a disease of the blood vessels in the eye's retina. High blood glucose levels inflict damage to these small vessels, weakening their walls and enabling them to leak blood. This leads to retinal swelling, macular edema and abnormal growth of new blood vessels, resulting in permanent vision loss. According to the American Diabetes Association, diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness in adults worldwide.