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May 23, 2018

10 Unique Eye Conditions and What You Can Do About Them

Has Anything Like This Ever Happened to Your Eyes?

Most of us don’t really think about our eyes very much, as long as we can see clearly and nothing is irritating them. When something does go wrong with our eyes, however, it can quickly send us into a panic, especially if we don’t recognize the symptoms affecting our eyes or our vision.

There are actually some rare and unusual eye conditions out there that probably won’t affect you, but you should know about just in case you happen to notice any of these symptoms. Courtesy of the National Eye Institute, here are 10 interesting eye conditions to know about.

  1. Anophthalmia

If you have anophthalmia, you would likely know it, as anophthalmia is a birth defect characterized by the absence of one or both eyes. While there is no working substitute for an eye yet, there are prosthetics that can give the individual with this condition the appearance of two eyes and help to maintain their face structure.

  1. Microphthalmia

Microphthalmia is a similar birth defect to anophthalmia, except in this case, the eyes are abnormally small, rather than missing entirely. A microphthalmic eye can be capped for cosmetic purposes.

  1. Bietti’s Crystalline Dystrophy

An inherited disease, BCD is characterized by crystals in the cornea and yellow shiny deposits on the retina. There is progressive atrophy of the retina and other parts of the eye, leading to night blindness and a constricted visual field.

BCD is caused by a defect in a gene in chromosome #4 and is more common among people with Asian ancestry. It is quite rare because both parents must pass on a copy of the gene for a child to have the disorder.

  1. Bechet’s Disease

This is an autoimmune disease whose symptoms are not limited to the eye, but it causes blood vessel inflammation that can include eye inflammation, leading to blurred vision, redness, and eye pain. The cause is unknown, there is no known cure, and severity varies from person to person.

  1. Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension

This is a condition characterized by pressure around the brain and spinal chord, resulting in headaches, vision loss, blind spots, double vision, and other ailments. There are a variety of potential causes, including excessive Vitamin A intake or a bad reaction to tetracycline.

Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension can also be caused by a brain tumor, and the fact that its symptoms mimic brain tumor symptoms means IIH can sometimes be misdiagnosed as a brain tumor. The disease is related to weight and weight loss can help with the condition, as well as stopping any medications or supplements that may have brought on the condition.

  1. Retinitis Pigmentosa

The diagnosis of RP represents a group of genetic disorders that interfere with the action of the photoreceptors in the retina. It can lead to the death of rods in the eye, which then causes night blindness and a constricted visual field. Eventually, cones die as well, leading to tunnel vision.

RP is not curable, although there are ways to help the affected person compensate for their vision loss. One study found that 15,000 international units of Vitamin A palmitate a day slowed down the disease progression in adults.

  1. Retinoblastoma

Retinoblastoma is an eye cancer that occurs in children and forms in the retina. It should be treated immediately, with the course of treatment similar to other forms of cancer.

  1. Stargardt Disease

An inherited retina disorder, this disease can cause vision loss at a young age. While there is no cure, this disease usually does not render people blind, although it can reduce visual acuity to a considerable degree.

  1. Usher Syndrome

Usher Syndrome is an inherited disorder that causes both hearing loss and vision loss, specifically Retinitis Pigmentosa (see above).

  1. Uveal Coloboma

Coloboma is a blanket term for a rare condition where part of the eye is missing. There are eyelid colobomas, lens colobomas, macula colobomas, optic colobomas, and uveal colobomas. In a uveal coloboma, the inferior portion of the optic nerve or the entire optic disc is missing. A uveal coloboma will mean at least some level of vision loss in the affected eye and there is no treatment at this time.

Understanding the Importance of Regular Eye Exams

The best way to protect yourself from any threats to your vision is with regular eye exams. If you are in the Portland area, contact Beaumont Vision for a thorough exam from a caring professional in a comfortable environment.

May 9, 2018

May Is Healthy Vision Month: Here’s What You Can Do for Your Eyes

Taking Care of Your Eyes During Healthy Vision Month

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May is healthy vision month, and while every month is a good month for you to make sure to take proper care of your eyes, the National Eye Institute uses May as an opportunity to put focus on eye health for people who have not typically done so in the past.

This May, the National Eye Institute has a very specific idea on how to do this, and is asking everyone to put the focus on women’s eye health, especially women and the men who care about them. Here’s what you can do to get on top of your eye health during this very important month.

Encourage the Women in Your Life to Get Eye Exams

Women can be subject to a variety of eye-related conditions, including macular degeneration and diabetes-related eye disease. Because of this, every woman you know should get a complete dilated eye exam if they have not gotten one in the last year. An eye exam can let you know if you need corrective lenses to improve your vision, and can identify any problems that could lead to vision loss, even if you are not currently experiencing any symptoms.

Live a Healthy Lifestyle for Healthy Eyes

There are a number of reasons why women should live a healthy lifestyle, but one of the often-overlooked ones is healthy eyesight. Your eyes are part of your body’s many systems, and like other systems, they are affected by what you put in your body and how you take care of it. It may not seem like your eyesight is dependent on how well or poorly you eat or how often you exercise, but studies show that it very often is.

Protect Your Eyes

Don’t let anyone tell you it’s not feminine to wear protective goggles when playing sports, woodworking, or doing any other activity where something might fly into your eye and cause damage. Eye safety is far more important than fashion, although there are some fashionable goggles out there.

Know Your Family’s Eye History

The more you know about your family’s history, the easier it will be to identify and ward off potential problems before they become big issues that could affect your vision. In many cases, early detection and intervention is your best defense against vision problems.

Protect Your Eyes From Sun Damage

Again, it’s important to treat your eyes like other organs and parts of your body’s systems. Do not look directly into the sun and make sure that whenever you are going out in the sun, you are wearing sunglasses with UV protection.

Getting Early Attention for Your Eyes Does Matter

Most vision loss is preventable or treatable, but the sooner you get your eyes some attention, the better chance you have of saving or preserving your eyesight. If you or a woman you love lives in or around the Portland area, please encourage them to schedule an appointment with Beaumont Vision for a complete eye exam.

We offer a safe, environment full of caring professionals, and a wide range of stylish frames for those needing glasses for their corrective lenses. Please contact us now.

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