3 common eye issues and what they meanThursday, June 15th, 2017, 2:14 am
Our eyes can reveal a lot about our current well being. Eye strain, eye redness, eye twitch, and dry eye are typically minor problems, but important factors in helping us feel at our best. If you are experiencing any of these issues, consider what you can do to alleviate it today:
- Eye strain: If you work at a computer screen all day, you are likely experiencing eye strain. This type of work environment may be difficult to change, so institute the 20/20/20 rule. Every 20 minutes, look at an object 20 feet from you for 20 seconds. This will help reset and rebalance your eyes. Better yet, take a quick walk around the office every 20 minutes to give your eyes a rest.
- Redness: Redness is a common eye issue and will usually dissipate on its own. A red eye is characterized by a red blemish on the white of the eye caused by a bruise. This is also known as subconjunctival hemorrhage and will likely be as good as new within a few weeks.
- Dry eye: Your environment, daily habits, or hormonal changes are usually to blame for dry eyes. For instance, if you live in a high desert region, you may have unusually dry eyes because there is less moisture in the air. Dry eyes can also result from extended screen usage. If you have a job that requires you to be at a desk for most of the day, this habit may be difficult to fix. Try purchasing some over the counter eye drops and use them a few times a day. If the dryness persists, consider scheduling an appointment with your eye doctor.
- Eye twitch: An eyelid twitch is usually nothing more than a temporary annoyance. Studies cannot pinpoint a cause, but stress, no sleep, and caffeine consumption have all been linked to eye twitch. To decrease your stress level, try meditation or exercise or switch out caffeinated drinks with herbal tea or water. An eye twitch will typically wear off within a week.
If you have questions or concerns about an eye problem you have, contact Marion Eye Center & Optical at 1.800.344.7058 (IL) or 1.877.269.4545 (MO).