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Vision problems, the symptoms

Decreased visual acuity, black spot in the eye, red or watery eyes, these visual symptoms cannot be taken lightly. Note that 3 consultations with an optician result may reveal a much more serious pathology. You are reluctant to go see an ophthalmologist? This article will give you tips and can make you change your mind.

Symptoms that should be causes for concern

If your eyesight starts to change suddenly, we strongly recommend that you go for a consultation. Here are some symptoms that should alert you:

Decreased visual acuity, this may be due to retinal detachment;

Deformation of the lines, an inevitable sign of AMD, that is, age-related Macular Degeneration;

The appearance of blackheads which can be the result of a hole in the retina or in very rare cases, retinal detachment;

Diplopia or double seeing, which may be due to a vascular or even neurological problem.

Eye disease, who are the people at risk?

Some people are more likely to have eye disease than others. This can be due to multiple factors, such as a family history (genetics), the environment, the effect of blue light on the eyes, bad habits like smoking or a bad eating habit. Those who suffer from diabetes also fall prey to eye diseases, because with poorly treated diabetes they can easily develop retinopathy.

Age is also a significant factor. Children under 3 years old should be closely monitored and should see an eye specialist at least once before entering kindergarten. The elderly are just as likely to suffer from eye diseases, such as cataracts or age-related macular degeneration.

When to consult and what are the treatments available?

Treatments for vision diseases are numerous and vary depending on the origin of the disease. If the vision disorder is benign such as myopia, presbyopia or astigmatism, wearing suitable glasses and contact lenses may be sufficient. In other more serious cases it may be necessary to have surgical treatment, for example for cataracts.

It is best to consult an eye specialist. The latter can do a full examination. If you have symptoms such as difficulty reading near or far, that you have headaches, if your vision suddenly becomes blurry or dark, an ophthalmologist can advise you and guide you on the procedure to follow.

Do you have any of these symptoms? You can go to one of our branches for a consultation Our team is dynamic and will advise and guide you if you suffer from a visual impairment.

Contact lenses: 5 practical tips for wearing them

There are certain advantages to wearing contact lenses. In addition to the aesthetic aspect, they allow for example to wear any sunglasses, without having to resort to a numbered model. They also offer good peripheral vision, and therefore a wider field of vision than with prescription glasses.


However, it is crucial to adopt good practices when wearing contact lenses, in order to avoid any risk of infection or other inconvenience. So let’s see some basic rules to follow when wearing contact lenses. Once these good habits are adopted, you can wear your lenses in complete peace of mind.


A good hygiene


This is the basics when we handle them. Always remember to rinse your hands well before putting on or taking off your lenses. Also make sure the container is always clean. To do this, do not wash it with tap water, but with a disinfectant solution, which you can find at your optician’s or in a pharmacy. The same is true for lentils, which should not be rinsed with tap water, but only with the appropriate solution.


No lenses in the shower or in the water


Avoid bathing with contact lenses at all costs, whether in the shower, at sea or in the pool. Not only do you risk losing them, but they absorb all the microbes in the water. This direct contact therefore presents a risk of eye irritation, but also of damage to the lens. However, if you still want to keep your contact lenses while swimming, consider using airtight swimming goggles. It is also best to use a disposable model.


Avoid wearing them for a long time


To avoid dry eyes or any form of irritation, it is recommended not to wear contact lenses for too long. On average, you can wear them for 8 to 12 hours. However, avoid sleeping with it because when you sleep, they can indeed cause irritation and keratitis. So, unless recommended by your optician, remember to always remove your lenses before going to bed.


Respect the renewal frequency


When should you replace your contact lenses? Of course, it depends on the model you have chosen. Your ophthalmologist will advise you at the time of acquisition. However, be aware that there are daily lenses, which you will throw away at the end of the day. Then there is the monthly model, which, as the name suggests, can be worn for a month. These are soft contact lenses, made from Hydrogel silicone.


Check if the lens is not upside down


It may sound silly, but sometimes soft lenses end up the wrong way. This can then cause discomfort or even irritation in the eyes. So make sure the lens is facing the right way before wearing it. To do this, there is a very simple trick: put it on your index finger and see if it has the shape of a bowl, with the edges facing up. To be sure, you can also pinch it lightly between your thumb and forefinger. If it folds inwards, it is in the right place.

All that you should know on myopia

Myopia generally appears in adolescence and progresses to adulthood when it stabilizes. This vision disorder also depends on the person’s origin and the environment in which they live. In France, more than 29% of the population suffers from it according to the High Authority for Health. We can find this same rate in North America. What are the causes, symptoms and treatments for myopia? We tell you everything in this article….


What is myopia and what causes it?


Myopia is the most common cause of vision loss, especially in young adults. It means the ability to see well up close and not from a distance. Myopia is the opposite of presbyopia (farsightedness). Myopia is caused by an eye whose shape does not allow it to focus on distant objects. Another cause is that the curvature of the cornea, which is the front layer of the eye, is deeper than its actual curvature. Some researchers also explain that environmental factors have a big impact on the development of this vision disorder. According to a recent study, lack of exposure to natural sunlight can affect the growth of the eye and can promote myopia.

What are the symptoms of myopia?

1 / A decrease in visual acuity from a distance; 2 / You must get close to the object so that the vision is clear; 3 / You have trouble driving, especially at night; 4 / You have a headache . If you suffer from short-sightedness, near objects will appear clear, while those from afar, blurred. Myopia disease, or strong myopia, begins earlier in childhood. It evolves rapidly, throughout life, and does not stabilize in adulthood. It is especially this type of myopia which is likely to cause complications in particular blindness, detachment of the retina, glaucoma or even early cataract.

What are the treatments ?


There are 3 treatments for myopia, in particular,


  • Corrective lenses;
  • Contact lenses
  • Eye surgery.


These three options are used to correct vision abnormalities.


So if you have blurred vision from a distance, you know that this is the perfect time for an eye exam at Patel Optics.


But if you’ve never had symptoms or never had an eye exam, how can you be sure this vision is perfect?


So make an appointment, and let’s see how you can improve your vision.