All of us suffer from one type of eye disorders or another during our life. In fact, most eye doctors see many patients who experience eye disorders that may or may not be serious. No matter what the eye disorder, it is key to your eye health that you check in with your eye doctor about any symptoms, changes to your vision or condition of your eyes. There are many conditions that occur that you might not recognise as an eye disorder.

For example, your eyes can become tired, blurred, sore or dry. Occasionally you might even see spots or get headaches. These types of eye complaints are very common and will sometimes correct themselves, however, it is always best to see an optometrist for diagnosis or advice.

If you have dry eyes you may be experiencing consequences that range from subtle irritation to ocular inflammation of the front tissues of the eye. This eye disorder, which is called dry eye syndrome, can be caused by a lack of tear production from glands, part of the natural aging process, side effect to medication or to external factors like a dry and windy climate. In addition, if you spend a lot of time concentrating on a computer screen, you will often blink less which can lead to dry eyes. To minimise the risk of tired or dry eyes it is important to take regular breaks, look around at objects placed at differing distances and try to remember to blink often. Treatment from an eye doctor might include drops, exercises or glasses.

Blurry vision is also a common eye disorder. If your vision has started going blurry at night, you should have your eyes examined to identify the source of the problem. Blurry eyes at night can be caused by a number of factors. Blurry vision can happen when you are over tired and your visual system becomes fatigued. Or maybe you are experiencing refractive errors. You might have only a slight error, which is not noticeable during the day, but is magnified when your eyes become tired or need to focus in a dimmer light. Common refracted errors include near-sightedness, far-sightedness or astigmatism. All of these eye disorders can be treated with glasses or contact lenses.

Whatever eye disorders you might be experiencing—and even if there are only subtle signs—it is a good idea to visit your eye doctor who can help you understand the disorder and begin using the tools or treatments necessary to maintain or restore proper vision. Your eye health can affect the quality of your day to day life, so seeking treatment for your disorder will ensure day to day enjoyment.

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