Most of us have experienced temporary eye problems at one time or another. These problems might include itching, blurriness or fatigue. These types of eye problems are typically short live, and will likely go away on their own without complications. However, sudden eye problems or those that last for more than a couple of days should be checked by your eye doctor.
Eye twitching, eyelid ticks and spasms are pretty common. Referred to as Blepharospasm, an involuntary twitching of the muscles in the eyelid is generally caused by stress or fatigue. Most eye twitches come and go, although if you are experiencing long term stress then they might last for weeks or months. Sudden-onset eyelid twitching is benign, but it can also be difficult to treat. A good night’s sleep is one of the easiest solutions to correcting the problem, but if it continues you should see a doctor. Other triggers include eye strain, caffeine, alcohol, dry eyes, nutritional imbalances and allergies.
Eye floaters are specks or dots that you are seeing before your eyes. These are quite common and typically created when a tiny clump or strand forms within the vitreous of the eye. So, when you move your eyes to look at the floater, it also moves because it is situated within the vitreous. Most people experience floaters, and although annoying, the are usually quite harmless. There isn’t a treatment for floaters, but if you suddenly notice a clump of floaters or flashing lights you should visit an eye doctor immediately to ensure the internal surfaces of your eye are healthy.
Watery eyes is another common eye problem, which can be due to a number of factors. You might have a low-grade infection of the eyelids, for example, that causes irritation upon awakening or subsequent tear production. Or you might have dry eyes, which seems contradictory, but in fact dryness of the eyes stimulates tear production. Other causes might be a tear drainage blockage, a mild allergic reaction or foreign material in the eye. Whatever the cause might be, it is definitely worthwhile to visit your eye doctor to determine the cause and get treatment like eye drops to lubricate the eyes.
Most common eye problems like sore and tired eyes, blurred vision, headaches, twitching eyelids and watery or dry eyes will typically remedy themselves. However, if any of these eye problems seem to be recurring or getting worse then you should definitely see an eye doctor to rule out any serious disorders or find a solution.