A visit to the ophthalmologic facility should begin since childhood as there are eye disorders that have no particular signs in patients, but may have consequences on sight development. The simplest example is the large differences between the dioptres of the two eyes, which, if not corrected, can lead to poor sight (amblyopia) of the eye with higher dioptre.
The ophthalmologic consultation can often discover an eye disease that was not clinically manifested (e.g. glaucoma or diabetic retinopathy).
Early diagnosis and treatment can thus prevent sight loss.
People who wear eyeglasses or contact lenses.
It should be known that not every eyeglasses wearer may benefit from surgery with excimer laser to reduce dioptre. Patient selection is very important for the immediate postoperative and long-term outcome, the recommended age being above 20 years with a stable refraction of at least 1 year.
Clinical consultation (dioptres) and certain specialized investigations (corneal topography, aberrometry) are also necessary before surgery.
* People who do not suffer from other eye disorders (keratoconus, glaucoma, etc.) * People who do not have systemic diseases (diabetes etc.)
... and you have visual fatigue, foreign body sensation, ocular dryness and episodes of increased lacrimation come out of nowhere, you might quite likely need “artificial tears”. Seek advice from a WEST EYE HOSPITAL ophthalmologist on products that are better suited to you.
We see quite many patients wearing glasses, especially for reading (near use), bought from supermarkets or pitchmen. Obviously, it is a mistake because, to have the right glasses one needs a correct and thorough eye exam and very well executed lens.
Their purpose is not primarily aesthetic. The lenses should have actual protection against UV radiation and must be certified in this regard. The glasses must also be large enough to protect against light both in the top and to the bottom and must have thick frames for side protection.
Many patients refuse to wear contact lenses due to preconceived ideas according to which they are harmful and can cause many eye problems. You should know that we currently have the latest contact lenses made from materials with exceptional properties that can be worn throughout the day, even by children, as long as hygiene rules and the manufacturer's recommendations are observed.
Contact lenses are indicated for correction of refraction errors which can greatly improve patient’s quality of life.
They must only be bought after proper consultation.
The convenience and the desire to quickly buy some contact lenses can have negative consequences on eyes. Also, use only disinfection and maintenance solutions designed for contact lenses and do not replace them with saline, physiological saline solution or tap water! Bacteria grow very quickly in such environments.
We often face domestic or labour involuntary accidents causing corneal erosions, conjunctival or corneal wounds or metallic or non-metallic intracorneal foreign bodies (plastic, glass or vegetable bodies).
In general patients have severe pain, manifest loss of sight, photophobia etc., and it is mandatory to go to the doctor.
Otherwise, the greatest danger is superinfection of corneal wound or erosion in the absence of appropriate treatment which can lead to the formation of a corneal abscess followed by corneal perforation and even loss of the eyeball.
Sometimes scleral wound covered with conjunctivitis can remain undiagnosed, in which case infection of eye content, retinal detachment, and even eyeball atrophy can occur.
It is therefore recommended that if an eye injury, even minor, would occur, the person concerned should seek special examination, for necessary investigations and appropriate treatment.
Situations where a person who finds that his/her eyes were reddened and has a discomfort, goes to the pharmacy and buy any “eyewash” for treatment, should be avoided.
Often the advice received in the pharmacy may not correspond to appropriate treatment and thus diagnosis and, obviously, the cure are delayed. There are for example some viral infections (herpes) that may mimic conjunctivitis but are treated according to the pathology in question. Therefore a visit to the specialist doctor is mandatory and self-medication should be avoided.