Have the vi­sion to keep aware of your eye health

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ABI JACK­SON

as long as pos­si­ble. If you feel dis­com­fort, or need to blink be­fore 10 sec­onds is up, it could be dry eye,” says Sarah.

“While dry eyes can be a nat­u­ral sign of age­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal fac­tors can ex­ac­er­bate the con­di­tion, such as cold weather, some med­i­ca­tion, or con­tact lenses.

“There is no cure but there are things we can do to man­age it.”

Blood­shot eyes

“BLOOD­SHOT eyes can be a nor­mal sign of age­ing or eye fa­tigue, con­tact lens wear, al­ler­gies, com­puter vi­sion syn­drome or dry eye dis­ease, all of which an op­tometrist can help with,” says Sarah. “If the red­ness is sig­nif­i­cant, it could be a sign of some­thing more se­ri­ous so shouldn’t be ig­nored. ”

Tem­po­rary vis­ual dis­tur­bances Strange, short-term changes in vi­sion – pos­si­bly in­clud­ing par­tial or com­plete blind­ness for a brief pe­riod – might be due to oc­u­lar/ reti­nal mi­graine.

“One in five peo­ple that suf­fer with mi­graines ex­pe­ri­ence oc­u­lar mi­graines, so they are fairly com­mon and usu­ally cause vi­sion problems in both eyes si­mul­ta­ne­ously,” says Sarah.

“Peo­ple de­scribe shim­mer­ing ef­fects, zigzag move­ments and coloured lights. Th­ese episodes usu­ally sub­side by them­selves, the best thing to do is to rest.

But get checked out by a doc­tor. “Sim­i­lar symp­toms can be caused by mini strokes, or a tran­sient is­chemic at­tack, and it’s im­por­tant to catch th­ese early.”

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