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Check the health of your eyes

by Advertiser, in Profiles · 05-04-2018 14:49:00 · 0 Comments

With the vast array of frames and lenses to choose from in a modern day practice we sometimes lose sight of the primary reason for a visit to your optician; to check the health of your eyes.

Check the health of your eyes

Many diseases and associated conditions such as glaucoma, cataracts and diabetes can be picked up during the course of a sight test which is why at SN&N Optico much emphasis is placed on regular eye exams. The College of Optometrists in the Uk recommend a yearly check for children under 16 and every two years for adults. A very common complaint here on the sunny Algarve is Allergic Conjunctivitis:
The two most common types of allergic conjunctivitis are seasonal allergic conjunctivitis (SAC) and perennial allergic conjunctivitis (PAC). Both are triggered by an immune reaction when you come into contact with a particular substance you are allergic to, leading to symptoms such as itching and sneezing.
Eye allergies often affect the conjunctiva, a clear layer of skin overlying the eyes, which is the same type of skin that lines the inside of the nose; this is why the same allergens (e.g. pollen, grass, dust and pet dander) can trigger the same allergic response in both areas.
The main symptom of eye allergies is itchy eyes and may be associated with redness, watering, a burning sensation, and mucous production and blurring.
Diagnosis of eye allergies are usually made from symptoms and by examining the front of the eyes with a slit lamp (a special microscope) to check for dilated blood vessels, conjunctival swelling and eyelid swelling, all of which are indicative of an allergic reaction.
If you can identify and avoid the particular agent you are allergic to, symptoms will improve dramatically. Unfortunately, this is not always easy or possible! Some of the following treatments can provide relief from eye allergies: applying cold compresses, using artificial tears as needed, allergy eye drops and oral antihistamines. Avoid rubbing your eyes as this can worsen symptoms.
Unfortunately, other than avoidance of the allergens, allergic conjunctivitis cannot be prevented. Although it is an annoying inconvenience and can sometimes make daily activities miserable, no long-term vision loss is to be expected.

For more information  contact Surali Shah-Neville Bsc (Hons) Optometry or one of her team on: 282761506

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