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General eye care queries
You will find few common general eye care questions answered here.
Contact lenses per se do not cause infections. Improper use of contact lenses predispose the eye to infections. This can be due to use of the contact lenses longer than advised, lack of hygiene, contaminated cleaning solution or minor injury to the eye due to improper wear.
If taken care, Contact lenses will serve you well. Talk to us to know more.
It is a common practice to splash your eyes with water. However, it is not always healthy. The water may be contaminated or you can cause minor eye trauma while washing. Presence of compounds like chlorine can cause intense burning.
The eye has inherent mechanism to clean itself with tears. It is best not to interfere with it unless you believe some foreign body has gone into your eye. External wash of the face with face wash is always hygienic and will prevent infections and debris. For more on daily eye care, visit us.
In broad terms, NO. After an age of 20, it is unlikely that wearing glasses will alter your prescription power. The prescription power is related to the size and shape of your eye and not with it’s use. Hence, spectacle can help you see better but do not cause any physical change in the eye.
It is recommended that eye testing should be done at birth, before starting school, before starting high school and at the age of about 20 years. After that, two yearly eye testing is adequate. When you are nearing 40 years of age, another eye test is recommended following which your eye doctor can guide you.
In case you are diabetic or hypertensive, annual eye testing is the norm.
Yes. Even if your vision has not changed, routine evaluation for diabetic retinopathy is required for early detection. Diabetic retinopathy can start in the peripheral vision which the patient doesn’t notice. This can be missed very easily by the patient since the central vision is good.
Glaucoma is a silent blinding disease with strong genetic association. If there is a positive history of glaucoma in your family, you should get yourselves tested immediately. Even if the tests come out negative, it should be repeated at the age of 40 years.
Optometrist is a trained and certified technician who is qualified to prescribe glasses and contact lenses. Optometrists are also trained to undertake basic eye screening in order to identify eye diseases.
Ophthalmologist is a doctor with specialised training in eye care. Ophthalmologist treats eye diseases using medicines, surgery or other procedures. He/She is a registered and licensed to practice by Medical Council of India.
Cornea is the front most part of the eye. It is very sensitive to pain. Any form of sharp pain with decrease in vision point towards a corneal cause.
Cornea can also be affected by foreign body since it is the front part of the eye.
For majority (read 99.9%), there will not be any need for glasses after laser refractive surgery. However, in some cases, you may need glasses which can be resolved by a repeat procedure.
Remember, Laser refractive surgeries correct your distant vision. With progressing age, you will require reading glasses.
In the absence of any problem, once every year is enough. In case you have a diagnosed eye problem or pre-existing systemic condition, your eye doctor will be able to tell you more on the frequency of eye checkup.
Even if your vision has not changed, it is recommended to get an yearly eye test. Consider this as the routine servicing you get done for your car.