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Our eyes are often described as being windows to the soul. But whether or not you believe anything like that, it is undeniable that our eyes are one of our most important and valuable assets. So to make you aware of just a few of the issues eyes can develop, here’s three of the most common eye problems you’ll find.
The post isn’t designed to scare you, but rather to emphasize the importance of seeing an eye doctor regularly. All of these problems have workarounds or solutions; in some cases, you might just need glasses.
1 - Fourth Nerve Palsy
Fourth nerve palsy, or superior oblique palsy, is a condition that limits the functionality of the superior oblique muscle. This muscle controls the downward orientation of the eye, so without it, one eye remains facing upwards regardless of the other eye.
This condition can cause dizziness, double vision, difficulty reading, headaches and nausea, to name a few. And can be caused by an array of other conditions. The most common cause of fourth nerve palsy is head injuries. This is because the nerve itself takes a very long route to the brain, leaving it very exposed. The condition can affect a person for several years before they notice any symptoms and usually, affects older people.
Living with fourth nerve palsy can be challenging, but with specialist glasses and physio therapy, most people can live with it. If the symptoms are too extreme, however, surgery can solve the problem completely.
This condition is commonly confused with third nerve palsy, which affects third cranial nerve. This condition can be much more severe, and can only be cured by natural healing.
2 - Glaucoma
Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases caused by raised pressure within the eye itself. Eyes need some internal fluid pressure to operate, but when the pressure goes up, it can lead to damage of the optic nerve. This condition can eventually result in blindness, but it’s fairly easy to treat.
In a lot of cases, people with Glaucoma won’t notice any symptoms or feel any pain. So, the only way to avoid Glaucoma, is by having regular eye checks. If you’ve been suffering with Glaucoma for a longer period, you will eventually feel the symptoms. At this point, you need to get your eyes checked immediately.
Glaucoma can usually be treated with eye drops, and with surgery in extreme cases.
3 - Cataracts
Your eyes lenses are usually clean and clear, allowing light to pass through without any issue. And as well all know, light is the key to vision. But Cataracts causes cloudy areas in the lenses. This blocks the passage of light, resulting in poor eyesight, and in extreme cases, blindness.
It takes a long time for Cataracts to develop and spread to the point that it affects your vision. And some of the cloudy patches won’t ever get big enough to cause a problem. So you have plenty of time to get help.
Glasses are usually prescribed for cataracts, and the condition can be solved by surgery.