When is eye pain an emergency?

Eye pain treatment at Performance Eyecare in St. Louis and Swansea, IL

Eye pain can be a complicated matter because the severity of the pain does not indicate the cause of the discomfort. As noted by AllAboutVision.com, a relatively minor problem, such as a superficial abrasion of the cornea, can be very painful, but a serious eye problem, such as cataracts, macular degeneration or a detached retina, may cause no pain.

The eye’s cornea is one of the most sensitive tissues of the body and can be very useful because it’s the first line of defense against external injury to the eye. You’ll be sure to notice something irritating the front surface of your eye.

Blurred vision, redness and sensitivity to light often accompany eye pain. So what are the common causes of eye pain?

Corneal foreign body

Metal shavings, sawdust and other organic material are common foreign bodies that can become embedded in the surface of the cornea. This pain ranges from mild to severe and is most bothersome when you’re blinking.

Blurred vision and sensitivity to light are common and most corneal foreign bodies can be removed in the doctor’s office.

Corneal abrasion

To put is simply, this is a scratched cornea. Most of these are not serious. These scratches can be uncomfortable and cause sensitivity to light and watery eyes.

Many scratches will heal on their own within 24 hours, but deeper abrasions can lead to serious eye infection and even a corneal ulcer if left untreated.

It’s recommended you see an eye doctor for any sharp discomfort of the eye that doesn’t resolve quickly to determine the cause.

Dry eyes

Dry eye usually begins slowly and gradually increases in pain compared to eye pain from a corneal foreign body or abrasion. Dry eyes can sometimes lead to a corneal abrasion because there aren’t enough tears to determine the severity of the dryness.

Other eye pain causes

– Conjunctivitis (pink eye)
– Eye infections
– Iritis (inflammation of the iris)
– Contact lens discomfort

What about pain behind your eye? This is usually caused by migraine headaches and sinus infections.

A migraine headache usually has pain behind one eye accompanied by pain elsewhere on the same side of the head. Pain behind the eye from a sinus infection is usually less severe and both eyes may be affected.

If you’re suffering from eye pain, please stop in to see the professional eye doctors at Performance Eyecare. Our eye experts give the special attention everyone deserves and will help you get back to living a pain-free life and seeing clearly.

Original article: http://www.allaboutvision.com/conditions/eye-pain.htm

 

Contact Lens Myths

Contact lens myths and facts at Performance Eyecare in St. Louis and Swansea, IL

Are you afraid of wearing contact lenses? Check out these contact lens myths debunked by AllAboutVision.com and then decide if they are right for you.

    1. I can’t wear contact lenses

Just about everyone can now wear contact lenses thanks to technological advances. Some of the advances now allow those with astigmatism and those who need bifocal contact lenses.

    1. A contact lens will get lost behind my eye

It’s impossible for a contact lens to get lost behind your eye because a thin membrane called the conjunctiva covers the white of your eye and connects to the inside of your eyelids.

    1. Contact lenses are uncomfortable

There is a brief period for you to get adapted to the change, but you will likely not notice that you are wearing contact lenses. There are remedies available should the contact lenses cause discomfort.

    1. Contact lenses can get permanently stuck to my eye

Soft contact lens can stick to the surface of your eye if it’s dried out, but you can remoisten the lens by applying sterile saline or multipurpose contact lens solution to get it moving again.

    1. Contact lenses are too much trouble to take care of

One-bottle contact lens care systems make cleaning your lenses easy or you can choose to eliminate the care altogether by getting daily disposables or 30-day extendable wear ones.

    1. Wearing contact lenses cause eye problems

If you follow your eye doctor’s instructions on how to care for your lenses, how long to wear them and how frequently to replace them, wearing contact lenses is safe.

    1. I’ll never be able to get them in my eyes

It might be difficult at first, but your eye care professional will make sure you learn how to apply and remove them before you leave their office.

    1. Contacts can pop out of my eye

The old-fashioned hard ones could, but today’s contacts fit closer to the eye so it’s very rare for one to dislodge from a wearer’s eye unexpectedly.

    1. Contact lenses are too expensive

They can be less expensive than a good pair of eyeglasses. Even daily disposable lenses can cost about a dollar a day.

  1. I’m too old to wear contact lenses

Thanks to the bifocal contact lenses and contacts designed for dry eyes, getting older is no longer a barrier to successful contact lenses. You should ask your doctor if you’re a candidate for contacts.

At Performance Eyecare, we can routinely fit our contact lens patients the same day as their exam. Click here to learn more about out contact lens service.

Original article: http://www.allaboutvision.com/contacts/myths.htm