Last weekend, I attended a talk by Dr Zena Lim who is an eye specialist. The talk was very informative and I had learnt many from her. However, I will just summarise and share the important points with you guys.
#1 There are many causes of red eyes – which includes Conjunctivitis (infective vs allergic), foreign body entry/ trauma, corneal abrasions, Glaucoma, inflammation of the eyes, eyelid abnormalities and dry eyes.
#2 Dry eyes are typically caused by insufficient tear production and excessive evaporation. The symptoms are stinging, burning or scratch sensation, stringy mucus in or around your eyes, sensitivity to light, eye redness, water eyes (which is the body`s response to the irritation of dry eyes) and blurred vision or eye fatigue.
#3 About Glaucoma, Dr. Zena mentioned that as Chinese, we tend to have a higher chance to suffer from acute angle closure Glaucoma than Caucasian because our eyes are smaller and narrower. This causes the eye pressure to go up, making it red, teary and blurry of vision. This may come together with headaches or vomiting.
#4 Floaters are tiny clumps of gel or cellular debris like the jelly like substance in the eyeball (Vitreous). It is mostly caused by age-related changes as the eyes becomes more liquid. Floaters are very common but if it is a sudden appearance, then it is best to visit the doctor for eye check up to ensure that it is not due to causes like eye retinal tear or detachment. Currently, there is not much treatment available for Floaters, except for laser (only for large floaters) and retinal re-attachment (floaters which are caused by retinal detachment).
#5 Supplements which you can take for eyes include Lutein, Zeaxanthin and Omega. Having a healthy lifestyle is also very important.
Here’s Dr. Zena Lim and the talk was held at Brahm Centre.
Will be looking out and attending more eye and health related talks to share some knowledge to all of you!