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Common Eye Problems


Updated May 16, 2014

Common Eye Problems
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Our vision is truly a gift. Many of us take our clear view of the world for granted. However, many of us will experience temporary eye problems from time to time, including itching, blurriness or fatigue. Most of these eye problems are short-lived and will probably go away on their own with no complications. However, sudden eye problems and those that last for more than a couple of days should be checked by an eye doctor. Some serious eye diseases often have sudden symptoms. The following is a list of common eye problems and their possible causes.

Eye twitching:

Many people have experienced eye twitches. An eye twitch is an involuntary movement of the eyelid. While usually harmless, an eye twitch can be very annoying. Twitching may be associated with the following:

Itchy eyes:

Are your eyes itchy? Do you find yourself rubbing your eyes throughout the day? Itchy, red eyes can be very uncomfortable. If the itching is really bothersome, you might need to consult your eye doctor for guidance. Several eye conditions can cause itching and irritation. Here are a few conditions that may cause itchy eyes:

Tired eyes:

Do your eyes feel tired and fatigued? Do you feel like closing your eyes during the day? Having tired eyes can make your whole body feel tired. The following conditions may cause tired eyes:

Seeing floaters:

Do you see spots in your vision? Do you see faint strands floating around that seem to move away if you look at them? Sometimes a large floater can appear out of the blue and be worrisome. If you are concerned about a large spot in your vision, it's a good idea to have a doctor look at it. Sometimes a large floater can be caused by a serious eye condition. Floaters may occur with the following conditions:

Blurry vision:

We can all expect a bit of blurring as we get older, as focusing becomes more difficult as our eyes age. But sometimes blurred vision can signal more serious eye problems. Blurry vision, or the inability to bring objects into sharp focus, can be caused by a number of conditions. Sometimes fatigue or illness can cause vision to be temporarily blurred. The following eye problems can also cause blurry vision:

Age-related eye problems:

Many eye problems can occur as we get older. Besides losing our ability to bring small objects into focus or see things clearly at a distance, our eyes become vulnerable to diseases and complications as we age. As always, annual comprehensive eye examinations are important for maintaining healthy vision as we age. The following eye problems may develop due to aging:

Children's eye problems:

Your child's vision is a precious gift. Unfortunately, some children are born with vision problems that often go unnoticed for several years. Being successful in the classroom begins with good eyesight. Even though your child's school may conduct vision screenings, some vision problems a\mat only be detected during a comprehensive eye exam. Parents are often the first to notice eye problems in their children. Alert an eye care professional if you notice possible problems with your child's eyes or vision. The following eye problems may be responsible:

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