A sudden blurry vision is often known to be triggered by low blood flow to your eye or your brain. It can be the warning of a stroke or migraine headache.
Inflammation of the optic nerve also causes blurred, grey and dim vision. A sudden loss of vision is caused by eye trauma, blockage of blood flow to or from the retina or detachment of the retina from its usual position.
8. Blurred Vision in a Diabetic
Diabetics are more prone to eye problems. Diabetic retinopathy which is a problem with the circulatory system of the eye due to diabetes – is the leading cause of blindness in American adults.
The common vision problems associated with diabetes are glaucoma and cataracts. Having diabetes for a long time may cause you to see tiny dark specks or floaters in your field of vision. Floaters are the sign that your retina is in danger.
9. A bump or brown spot on the eyelid
Although least expected, a bump that looks pearly with tiny blood vessels is the sign of skin cancer. A clear brown spot is highly likely to be malignant melanoma.
In most cases, the malignant eyelid tumours are basal cell carcinoma, which mostly strikes elderly and fair-skinned people. Rush to doctor whenever you notice your eyelashes are missing and suspicious spots on eyelids.
10. Sudden difficulty closing one eye, inability to control tears
The impairment of the seventh cranial nerve that controls the facial muscle leads to temporary paralysis in half the face. Your eyelid may droop making it difficult or impossible to close and produce tears. This condition is also called Bell’s palsy and the effects tend to come on suddenly.
If you are experiencing eye twitches it can be the side effects of having alcohol, caffeine, poor sleep, stress, or smoking. It signals a problem with your nervous system, like multiple sclerosis.
On the other hand, drooping eyelids is the sign of immune system attack and muscle weakness, which doctors call as myasthenia gravis. It affects eye, face, and throat muscles making it difficult to chew, swallow, or even speak.
11. Dry eyes that are sensitive to light
Dry eyes are the common symptom of the Sjogren’s syndrome, a disorder of an immune system that attacks tear and saliva glands. Timely treatment can prevent severe tissue damage. People at the age of 40 or above are highly likely to develop this eye condition.
12. Increasing gunk in the eye
It is caused by Blepharitis—inflammation of the eyelids caused by clogging of the tiny oil glands near the base of the eyelashes resulting in irritation and redness and crusty dandruff-like flakes on your eyelashes. This condition produces yellow or green eye discharge making you feel gritty.
13. Gray ring around the cornea
Doctors call this arcus senilis and in simple terms, it is caused by high cholesterol and triglycerides. This condition of eye indicates risk for heart attack and stroke.
14. Cloudy eye
Clouding of the lens inside the eye is known as cataract and is most common in older people. The common health problems associated with the cloudy eye are tumors and diabetes, as well as side effects from certain medications.
As you can see, your eyes speak volumes about your health issues.
Is Poor Vision Inevitable As You Age?
Poor vision is not inevitable and modern lifestyle just contributes to it. People over 60, apart from glasses, may also need high-quality supplements in order to support their vision.
You may also need additional vision support if:
– You’re a smoker
– You’re overweight
– You’re diabetic
– You spend a lot of time in front of the computer