Five Minute Art: The Eye of Depression
Creative Commons License photo credit: benchiladaMost people suffer from one type of eye disorder or another during their lifetime. Eye doctors typically see many patients with common eye disorders that may or may not be serious. It is important to check with your doctor if you notice any symptoms or if find that something in your vision or condition of your eyes that has changed.

There are many things that occur that you might not recognise as an eye disorder.

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.

A drooping eyelid is also called ptosis or blepharoptosis. In this condition, the border of the upper eyelid falls to a lower position than normal. In severe cases, the drooping eyelid can cover all or part of the pupil and interfere with vision. If you notice that both of your upper eyelids have become progressively droopy with age, then you probably have simple age-related ptosis. If age-related ptosis blocks your vision or seriously affects your appearance, a plastic surgeon usually can correct the problem by surgically raising your eyelid.

Or maybe you are experiencing refractive errors. We see the world around us because of the way our eyes bend (refract) light. Refractive errors are optical imperfections that prevent the eye from properly focusing light, causing blurred vision. The primary refractive errors are near-sightedness, far-sightedness or astigmatism. All of these eye disorders can be treated with glasses or contact lenses.

Whatever your eye disorders might be, going to see your doctor will help you to understand the disorder and to begin using the tools or treatments that will help you to maintain or restore proper vision. Your eye health can affect the quality of your life in so many ways, and seeking treatment for your disorder will ensure you get to enjoy your life to the fullest.

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