Your eyesight and how it affects your health

January 29, 2016
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Eye health goes beyond the use of spectacles for near-sightedness, and poor eyesight can have consequences for your health that go beyond the blurry vision. If you have issues with your eyes or your eyesight, it is important to have these diagnosed and treated before the effects spread to other aspects of your health and life. And this does not necessarily mean wearing glasses. Depending on the issue at hand, other methods of dealing with poor eye function are commonly available.

Health effects of poor eyesight

The effects of poor eyesight can manifest in different ways that may not, at first, seem related. For example, just as too much use of a computer screen can cause headaches, so can poor vision. The tension that comes through trying to read text on a screen, when poor vision makes it appear blurry, is one thing that can cause headaches. Similarly, poor eyesight may lead to other issues, such as feeling dizzy or even nauseous.

Common eyesight problems and side-effects

Common problems with eyesight include nearsightedness and farsightedness, which cause vision to be blurred when looking at objects in the distance or close up, respectively. Color blindness is another eyesight problem that is frequently checked in a routine visit to an optician or ophthalmologist. However, other more serious conditions are possible. Cataracts can lead to a number of vision problems and associated side-effects, such as headaches and dizziness. Symptoms include weak night vision, hazy vision in bright light, and faded color vision.

Taking care of your eyes

Regular optical check-ups can identify many potential eyesight problems before they become serious. Your ophthalmologist can then suggest appropriate action to treat or overcome any eyesight difficulties. If you experience any symptoms that might be associated with nearsightedness, farsightedness, or cataracts, then you should set up a consultation with an ophthalmologist. Similarly, if you experience momentary or prolonged blindness in one or both eyes, double vision, or pain, then it is necessary to see a healthcare professional immediately.

Considering laser treatment

In some cases, and for some people, one alternative within comprehensive eye care may include Montgomery LASIK surgery. Laser surgery is undertaken to treat the cornea at the front of the eye, reshaping it to overcome, for example, nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism. Such LASIK surgery produces fast results and does not require stitches or bandages, which has helped to make it a popular solution in many eye-care cases. Your ophthalmologist can provide more detailed information, depending on the type of eyesight correction that you might need.


Poor eyesight is a common complaint, and can cause other unwelcome side-effects, such as headaches and dizziness. Regular eye-care check-ups are recommended with a professional ophthalmologist. If you do experience problems with eyesight, modern treatments extend beyond eyeglasses and contact lenses to include, in many cases, laser surgery. Montgomery Eye Physicians can provide a comprehensive eye examination and complete advice on how to proceed if you are experiencing difficulties with eyesight.




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