Eye Care Advice

Yo! My name is Andy and this is my eye care blog. Your eyes are so important but it can be easy to take them for granted. I know that I didn't think twice about my eyes until I started to have problems with my vision. I kept getting headaches and I had trouble focusing on things. I went to see my doctor who referred me to an optometrist. The eye specialist did some tests and asked me some questions. He then said that my regular use of screens was straining my eyes. Since following the advice given to me, my eyes have been much healthier.

Conditions That May Require Eye Surgery


If you have any eye problems, for example, blurry vision, blindness, cloudy vision, long-sightedness, short-sightedness, sore eyes, etc., it does not mean that you need eye surgery. You need to visit an optometrist for diagnosis first. Based on what the optometrist finds, he or she might treat you using eye drops, oral medication, recommend prescription glasses and refer you to an optician or refer you to an ophthalmologist for eye surgery.

An ophthalmologist is the only eye specialist qualified enough to handle eye surgery. Here are some different diagnoses that may require eye surgery:


This is usually an age-related eye disease that leads to the clouding of eye lenses. Even though older people may be more vulnerable to cataracts, younger people, smokers and those suffering from diabetes are also at risk. Treatment of cataracts is surgery; the type of surgery performed may differ depending on the cataract stage. Your cataract surgeon should be in a position to give you accurate details.

Macular Degeneration

This occurs when the macular in your eye degenerates and deposits waste on your retina. The waste blocks cells from receiving important nutrients, which can lead to their death and the deterioration of your vision. Treatment involves surgery or injection therapy. The early stages of macular degeneration can be managed by medication, dietary changes or lifestyle changes.

Diabetic Retinopathy

This is an eye condition that affects the blood vessels in your retina. They can get blocked or start to leak. If they get blocked, you might suffer from glaucoma that requires surgery to relieve the pressure in your eye. Leaking blood vessels can lead to DME (Diabetic Macular Edema), a condition treated using eye drops, injections or laser surgery depending on its severity.

Retinal Detachment

Retina detachment results when scarring occurs in your retina; the scarring pulls your retina away from its normal position, which makes it difficult for an image to be formed on it correctly. You may experience loss of vision when this occurs. An ophthalmologist needs to carry out eye surgery to remove the scarring, which makes it possible for your retina to return to its position; this restores your vision.

Refractive Error

This is the state of being short or long-sighted. It is corrected using contact lenses or prescription glasses that don't require surgery. Some people may not like the idea of wearing prescription glasses or contact lenses. They prefer a permanent solution. The solution is eye surgery to insert an artificial lens that corrects the refractive error.

To learn more about different kinds of eye surgery, reach out to a local eye surgeon.


29 July 2020