Vision Can Change During Pregnancy

Vision Can Change During Pregnancy

If you’re thinking about getting pregnant, think about getting your glasses before you become pregnant. Now you might be thinking, ‘What a crazy comment!’ But it’s not. Women’s vision changes when they are pregnant. So, when the vision changes, those changes actually can affect the prescriptions. Now, many optometrists and ophthalmologists will recommend that you don’t get glasses or contact lenses during this period of time. Obviously, you wouldn’t want to have Lasik surgery or one of those types of procedures. Change in vision is dramatic, and it happens throughout pregnancy.

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Common Causes of Eye Strain

Common Causes of Eye Strain

Eye strain is a problem that we often see in young adults. Eye strain is not usually associated with allergies. What usually happens with eye strain is when you have a prescription that’s not right, in other words, you have glasses or you’re wearing contacts lenses and it isn’t the right prescription, or if you have a problem with your vision that has not been diagnosed, that’s when you have strain. Another opportunity for strain is when you’re working consistently or long hours on the computer, or reading, or you’re doing a repetitive activity like that, that can lead to eye strain as well.

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Optical Migraine Headaches

Optical Migraine Headaches

Children can suffer migraine headaches, but they also can suffer what we call optical migraines. An optical migraine is actually a problem with the vision. Much like a migraine headache, it comes along without warning and when it hits, it actually can cause symptoms of a weird sensation or a strange flashing of light. It can be associated with nausea. It can be associated with headache. Optical migraines need to be dealt with. You need to examine and find out what’s going on because there are medicines which can help.

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What is Glaucoma and How to Detect It

What is Glaucoma and How to Detect It

It has been called by some ‘high blood pressure of the eye,’ but it exacts a terrible toll. Glaucoma is the leading cause of permanent blindness in the world. Now certainly, it affects over 3 million people in the United States alone. Although the condition is most severe in the elderly, glaucoma affects all ages, including the newborn. Once vision is lost from glaucoma, it is lost forever. Unfortunately, many individuals who have glaucoma won’t know it until it’s too late. As the population ages and we live longer, glaucoma and it’s devastating consequences are expected to reach near epidemic levels. Now, a regular visit to your ophthalmologist can help detect a problem early and lead to treatment. It is not painful. It’s an easy test. In a sense, what they do is take a little ‘poof’ which hits your eye. If you’ve ever had it, it’s annoying, but it does not hurt and it can save your vision.

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Evaluating Headaches in Children

Evaluating Headaches in Children

When a child has a headache, you have to really explore what’s going on. Is it a psychological issue, or is it more than that it? Is it a problem associated with sinus pressure? Is it something to do with vision? Do they need glasses, or are they having headaches because it could be a neurological issue? The bottom line is you need to do careful exploration. If the headache is any more than a transient or short-term thing, you need to make sure you talk with a physician. Get the evaluation that’s necessary because we’re talking about neurological issues, and you can’t mess around with them.

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Vision Changes During Pregnancy

Vision Changes During Pregnancy

The eyes can change during pregnancy and that’s very common. It is often recommend to women, “Don’t get glasses while you’re pregnant because your eyes could be very different.” It has to do with the elasticity of the lens and the flexibility. Essentially, what really happens is the hormonal changes during pregnancy have an impact on our vision. It’s very important for women to recognize that. They can get short-term treatment, but you really don’t want long-term.

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Eye Strain Can Cause Pain

Eye Strain Can Cause Pain

It seems like an odd report, to talk about ache and pain and deal with eye strain, but eye strain actually can be quite painful. People who use their eyes on a repetitive basis, and they’re looking at things over and over again, actually can feel some stress and some pain in the eyes. That strain actually can lead to headaches, it can lead to tearing, it can even lead to double vision. Eye strain can’t be taken lightly. The thing is you have to realize is that if you are working, that you can get up, you move around and you try to take that pressure off of the eyes.

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