Eye Allergies & Dry Eye Syndrome
Allergies and dry eye are two of the most common eye conditions, and they continue to rise. Causes of these include increased pollution levels during specific seasons, medication side effects, and changing hormonal levels. Fortunately, there are many new treatment options including holistic, preservative-free eye drops.
When you have eye allergies and dry eye syndrome, you may experience symptoms including dry, itchy, watery, red eyes that feel gritty or as if something is bothering your eyes. If left untreated, this can cause intermittent vision reduction and eye infection. In extremely severe cases, it can cause loss of vision. If you experience any of these symptoms, schedule an eye exam with us today.
Cataracts cause cloudy vision and can lead to blindness. Although they can occur at any age, symptoms may not be noticeable until into the 60’s or older. People who spend time outside and are exposed to UV and HEV light are more prone to developing cataracts.
You can delay cataracts significantly by wearing sunglasses with UV/HEV filters. Annual eye exams will help our team to make a recommendation and monitor change to provide ongoing advice and treatment for your vision and health.
Conjunctivitis or Pink Eye
Conjunctivitis is commonly known as “pink eye.” It gets its nickname from the whites of the eyes turning pink or red. There is often discharge, which can lead to crusting around the eyelids and lashes. Pink eyes can be itchy or feel scratchy.
There are three different types of conjunctivitis including bacterial, allergic, or viral. Treatment for pink eye varies by type but may be relieved by eye drops or ointment. Viral and bacterial pink eyes can spread so take precautions such as regular hand-washing, avoiding touching your eyes, and avoiding sharing products such as towels, eye makeup, contact lens cases, etc.
Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Although the causes are unknown, age-related macular degeneration leads to the loss of central vision. To keep your eyes healthy, we advise proper nutrition and wearing sunglasses that filter UV/HEV light to reduce the risk of this sight-threatening condition that is becoming more common for people over the age of 55.
We can often detect the early signs of age-related macular degeneration during a dilated vision eye exam and help you preserve your vision.
Stye and Chalazion
A stye is a painful bump on your eyelid, usually on the outside part of your eyelid, however, it can occasionally occur on the inner portion of your eyelid. It is caused by an infection of the oil glands and can cause pain, tearing, and swelling. If a stye does not improve after 48 hours, you should see your primary eye doctor.
A chalazion occurs when there’s a blockage in one of the small oil glands at the edge of the eyelid, by the eyelashes. It usually isn’t painful and tends to be most prominent on the inner side of the eyelid. Treatment for both eye conditions is similar. If swelling and redness spread, see an eye doctor.
Irritated Eye Relief Asheville NC | Asheville Vision and Wellness
Asheville Vision and Wellness provides the highest quality diagnostics and eye care for a variety of conditions and injuries of the eyes. Whether you need a routine eye exam or a specialized procedure, we strive to give our patients outstanding care. Contact us for more information about our eye care doctors and schedule your appointment at our Asheville office today.