Eyes are the second most complex organ next to the brain. Your eyes have 256 characteristics that differentiate them from other eyes—a fact that favors retinal scans over fingerprints, which only have 40 unique features. They also have the ability to heal quickly. In a word, your eyes are miraculous. Eyes can also say a lot about your current health. Here are three common eye problems and what they mean:
- Redness: Redness can be caused by a subconjunctival hemorrhage. This is characterized by a patch of blood on the white of the eye. Though it may look frightening, it is just a bruise right under the eye surface and will typically clear out within three weeks. Redness can also be attributed to allergies. If you notice your eyes are red, watery and incessantly itching, you may be suffering from seasonal allergies or an allergic reaction to something different in your environment. For instance, if you started using a new face wash in the last few days and your eyes flared up, you man need to try a different brand. A simple fix to allergies, in general, is an over the counter allergy medication.
- Pinkeye: Out of all the eye problems listed here today, pinkeye is certainly the one to avoid. You may have pinkeye if your eyes are itchy, red, and have a white or yellowish discharge. Cold symptoms like a runny nose often come with pinkeye. Because pinkeye is contagious, be attentive to washing your hands often and avoid sharing towels. If you think you have contracted pinkeye, schedule an appointment with your doctor immediately so you can receive proper treatment.
- Dryness: Dry eye can usually be attributed to your environment, daily routine, and even hormonal changes. If you work at a computer all day, you blink only half as much as you should, leaving your eyes less lubricated. To moisten your eyes, purchase some artificial tears from your local convenience store and use them a few times a day. If the dryness persists, call your doctor. In rare cases, dryness may be associated with arthritis.
If you have concerns about your eye health, call the Eye Associates today at MERIDIAN: 208-342-5151 or CALDWELL: 208-459-0717.