There are various severe eye problems that every individual can experience at some point in their lives, and thus we should all be on the lookout for any abnormality that might hinder the field of vision or cause us discomfort.

Any problem that persists for more than a few days must be checked out by a professional eye doctor to rule out the possibility of a serious eye problem. However, one must be aware of general symptoms related to silent yet major diseases that can cause considerable harm if not treated on time.

Symptoms of Retinal Detachment

It is a serious eye disorder where the retina of the eye tears away from its layer behind the eye as tissue support. Following symptoms of the eye can indicate retinal detachment:

  • Sudden flashing lights with dark floaters start appearing in your vision
  • A feeling of dark a veil or curtain blocking your vision appears

Symptoms and Signs of Cataracts

Cataract is a serious eye disorder; however, it tends to occur gradually with increasing age. It is a condition in which the lens within the eye starts becoming cloudy or hazy due to denaturing of protein and protein clumps. Symptoms of cataract may include:

  • A hazy or foggy vision which can be worse in presence of bright lights
  • The vision weakens greatly at night with difficulty in distinguishing details, objects or reading street signs
  • Development of an uncomfortable or blinding glare from bright sunlight or headlights of an automobile
  • Lights appear dim
  • Colors appear yellowed or faded
  • An overlapping double or triple image within individual eye
  • The pupil appears opaque or milky
  • An extremely painful pressure and inflammation develops within the eye

Signs of Strabismus

It is a medical condition in which both eyes do not align with one another in the same direction and hence, one eye focuses on one object while the second focuses on another. Patients with this condition therefore have eyes looking in both directions. It normally develops at a young age, and parents must watch for symptoms like:

  • The child rub either or both of the eyes quiet frequently
  • The child squints frequently even with glasses
  • The child closes one eye in order to visualize better
  • The child tilts his head when trying to see something

Symptoms and Signs of Glaucoma

Glaucoma is one of the most dangerous medical disorders, and occurs due to high intraocular pressure within the eyeball leading to damage within the optic nerve. Glaucoma is highly dangerous due to its unpredictability and failure of diagnosis on time. Therefore, one at risk of glaucoma must be on the lookout for symptoms like:

  • Severe eye pain suddenly takes over visual area
  • Headaches, rainbow halos, eye redness, vomiting or nausea, all lead to acute glaucoma
  • Cloudy or teary eyes in children, enlarged corneas and extra sensitivity to light all lead are symptoms of congenital glaucoma

Symptoms and Signs of Age-Related Macular Degeneration:

It is a substantial disorder of the eye that takes place in the macula, or the center point of the retina. The macula is responsible for our sharp vision which we employ while driving, reading or any other activity that requires acute vision. The symptoms that can aid in the diagnosis of this disorder include:

  • Distorted vision so that even the straight lines look crooked
  • Slow yet pain free loss of central vision
  • Development of blank spots in the central vision

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