Visiting an eye care center for regular eye exams is important for everyone, regardless of age. It’s a common misconception that only older people should have their eyes examined. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates it’s true that older people are more prone to vision problems but young ones may also have them. Eye exams are not only for determining whether a person needs prescription glasses but also for the early detection of conditions that can impair a person’s vision if not treated immediately. Below are some conditions that are of concern in eye exams.
This condition occurs when an eye is turned or has a significantly different prescription compared to the other. The brain responds by shutting off input from the affected eye. All About Vision points out that amblyopia can permanently impair the vision of the affected eye if not treated immediately.
Are you taking care of your eyes while wearing your contacts? One in six American adults, or over 41 million people nationwide, wear contact lenses, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If a recent study from the CDC is right, almost all of them are doing at least one behavior that increases their risk of eye infections.
In a survey of approximately 1,000 respondents, the majority of them admitted to engaging in at least one risky behavior while wearing contact lenses. Among these said behaviors are sleeping overnight or napping while their contacts are still on, extending the recommended frequency of replacement for contacts, topping off their disinfecting solution, rinsing or storing lenses in tap water, or even swimming and showering with their contacts.
Frequent Exposure to Water
The authors of the study associated these problems with frequent exposure of lenses to water, which includes rinsing or storing lenses in tap water.